MASTERCHEF Michel Roux Jr gave professional cooks a grilling in Ealing as they fought for a coveted posting at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Chefs from across the capital - including those who prepare meals for the super-rich - battled it out at Thames Valley University for a coveted Roux Scholarship.
Twelve contenders, among them two who cook for clients of financial management firm Barclays Wealth, each had to come up with a top-class recipe involving monkfish.
The contest took place last Thursday at kitchens in the university's campus in St Mary's Road.
They were watched over by Mr Roux and fellow chef judges Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes and Andrew Fairlie, with the winner going on to a national final against other regional winners and the chance to win a three-month 'stage' at any Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.
Mr Roux said: "We had a very high standard of entries, with a lot of Asian influenced recipes this year. Monkfish lends itself well to these flavours."
The four winners were Pramod Ghadge, of Restaurant Associates, Neven Vanderzee of Galvin at Windows, Nick Whatmough of Restaurant Associates at Barclays
Wealt, and Quinton Bennett of the Haymarket Hotel.
They will now try to impress in the national final at Westminster Kingsway College on April 18.