The episode, which will air at 8pm on Thursday 7 December, will see the chefs create a three-course fine-dining menu for ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair and other ICE VIPs at the Institution's Grade II listed headquarters at One Great George Street, London. Marking ICE's upcoming bicentenary, the meal will celebrate the role that civil engineers play in transforming people's lives.
Professor Lord Mair 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 activities, with events planned around the UK throughout 2018 to showcase and explain civil engineering to the public. The Infrastructure Learning Hub at 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.
Other activities include Café 200, a programme of engineering talks to existing groups over coffee, Explore Engineering, a series of tours and trails, the People's Choice Awards 2018, designed to engage the public with ground-breaking infrastructure projects and Pitch 200, a competition to find the person who can best demonstrate a civil engineering-related concept or project in a 200-second pitch.