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Who is William Sitwell? MasterChef: The Professionals judge, editor of Waitrose Food magazine and restaurant critic

WILLIAM Sitwell is the one critic you really don't want to confront if you're a contestant on MasterChef.

Known for his acid tongue and a distinct dislike of square plates (apparently they're an "abomination"), the food writer isn't one to be trifled with.

 William Sitwell is back to critique nervous contestants' food on MasterChefGetty Images William Sitwell is back to critique nervous contestants' food on MasterChef

 

Who is William Sitwell?

William is a food writer, editor, broadcaster and critic.

He is currently the editor of Waitrose Food and is a frequent guest on a number of TV and radio shows including Britain’s Best Dish and Michelin Stars: The Madness of Perfection as well as MasterChef.

The 47-year-old critic has written for a number of newspaper publications including the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

In March it was revealed that he was getting a divorce from wife Laura McCorquodale, 44, after reportedly having an affair with Emily Lopes, 27.

 

Why does William Sitwell hate square plates?

Back in 2014, William launched a scathing attack on square plates.

Prior to this he had threatened to throw one at a MaterChef contestant for serving up the food on one.

He said: "Square and rectangular plates are an abomination.

"Food should be served on round plates and not a right angle in sight. If you have square plates, now is the time to be bold and cast them out. Bring them with you to the festival and we will get rid of them by giving them to charity.

"A square plate is at odds with nature… and Mother Nature produces ingredients that are many shapes – including round. But never square.

"Food presented on a round plate, therefore, has more affinity with the vessel on which it is presented."

When is Masterchef: The Professionals on BBC2?

Masterchef: The Professionals airs tonight at 8pm on BBC2.

There will be 21 episodes in total as the prestigious cooking contest celebrates its 10th birthday.

Over the course of the show, the original group of 48 hopefuls gets whittled down through various gruelling stages until one talented foodie rules them all.

Last year, Glaswegian chef Gary Maclean won the series though some viewers complained there weren't enough women competitors.

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