Face of the Day

Who the heck is that?… you might ask. ?It’s Monica Galetti. ?Samoan born, Kiwi bred and representing us with distinction up North.

MASTERCHEF: The Professionals judge and celebrity chef Monica Galetti has had a glittering career that spans decades.

Monica was born in Samoa, where she was raised by her aunts until she was eight-years-old.

She then moved to Wellington, New Zealand, where she lived with her parents and five siblings.

The television chef is still true to her roots, as she currently serves Samoa as the UK Tourism Ambassador.

Mum-of-one Monica is married to French wine expert David Galetti, who is the Head Sommelier at Le Gavroche.

The experienced chef began her training at the Central Institute of Technology, Wellington, in the early 1990s.

When she was finished with her studies, she landed her first proper cooking job at a nearby restaurant, Timothy?s.

Her cooking impressed the owner so much that she was sent to cooking competitions across the world, including Europe.

This was perhaps what inspired her to start looking for a job in London, where she punted her CV to some of the top restaurants.

Her qualifications must?ve impressed Michel Roux Jr, who gave her a junior role as first commis chef at his two star Michelin restaurant, Le Gavroche.

Since working at the fine dining establishment since 1999, she?s worked her way up to senior sous chef, a position she maintained until 2015.

Impressively, she was the first woman to land a senior role in the kitchens of the restaurant.

Although the chef has made many television appearances, her most notable has got to be her work on MasterChef: The Professionals.

Since 2009, the harsh but fair critic has put chefs through their paces on the TV cooking contest, where she hosts alongside Marcus Wareing and Gregg Wallace.

Monica has also featured on documentary Food and Drink in 2013 and the Great British Food Revival in 2012.

Good job.




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