Masterchef: The Professionals serving up at the Institution of Civil Engineers

MasterChef: The Professionals will be serving up a celebratory dinner at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the world’s first professional engineering body, ahead of the Institution’s 200th anniversary in 2018.

Episode 15, in Knockout Week, will see the chefs create a three-course fine-dining menu for ICE President Lord Robert Mair and other ICE VIPs at the Institution’s Grade II listed headquarters at One Great George Street, London. Marking the Institution’s upcoming bicentenary, the meal will celebrate civil engineering and its role in improving people’s lives.

Lord Robert Mair, President of ICE, said:

“Civil engineers are often unsung heroes, working behind the scenes to make society better and safer. We often take for granted the benefits of modern life – from our energy supplies to sanitation to our ability to travel – and many people are unaware that civil engineering makes these things possible. MasterChef: The Professionals has given us a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on our profession and introduce to a wide audience how we work to transform people’s quality of life and safeguard the future.

“As an award-winning venue, our One Great George Street building is no stranger to high-profile events and we were pleased to provide a suitable stage for the competition. We look forward to seeing the episode’s contestants on screen.”

The MasterChef: The Professionals episode kicks off a full programme of ICE bicentenary celebrations, with events planned around the UK throughout 2018 to showcase and explain civil engineering to the public. One Great George Street will host a year-long Invisible Superheroes exhibition, celebrating the history of civil engineering and showing the improvements that engineering and engineers have made to people’s lives. The ICE will also publish a commemorative coffee table book, which will profile 200 influential civil engineering projects, organisations and individuals from the past 200 years.

The ICE will feature on MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC Two at 8pm on Thursday 7 December.