The professionals were on fine form tonight with most of them delivering excellent dishes in the final round, yet one contestant stood out amongst the rest.
That contestant was Alex, 26, from Surrey, who opted to make one of the most ingenious puddings the judges had ever tasted.
Alex made them a raspberry soufflé with a cream cheese ice cream, which sounds hard enough, yet Alex opted to put the ice cream inside the soufflé.
“Where is the cream cheese ice cream?” asked food critic William Sitwell when Alex presented his soufflé.
Alex laughed and said: “The cream cheese ice cream I’ve served inside.”
“Oh, it’s inside,” replied William in pure amazement.
However, even he wasn’t prepared for how good the soufflé turned out to be.
“It’s a very good soufflé. It’s a perfect soufflé actually. It really tastes of raspberries,” he exclaimed after eating the pudding.
“And then there’s this piece of magic where he’s been able to get cream cheese ice cream inside a hot soufflé which is ingenious,” he finished.
“It’s made me happy and slightly flushed. I’m a very happy person,” added fell food critic Grace Dent.
Viewers then took to Twitter to praise Alex’s incredible dessert.
One viewer wrote: “Well done, it actually worked. I’m shocked! #MasterChefTheProfessionals.”
Another said: “Somebody just put ice cream in the middle of raw soufflé mix, baked it, and it was all perfect. This will be a good year on MasterChef Professionals.”
A third viewer tweeted: “Raspberry soufflé with cream cheese ice cream inside genius Looks amazing.”
A fourth viewer went a bit dark and said: “Might kidnap Alex and force him to make that raspberry soufflé for my tea every night.”
“That was the craziest hour of my life, but I guess that’s what cooking’s all about, isn’t it?” said Alex after serving his pudding.
“For me, that was a star dessert in this kitchen,” said judge Monica Galetti.
Alex was, of course, put through to the quarter-finals for his efforts and he’ll surely be the one to beat this year.
MasterChef: The Professionals airs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm on BBC Two