Monica Galetti is a New Zealand chef who was born in Samoa. She is the chef proprietor of Mere in London
and a former judge on the BBC competitive cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals. She worked as a senior sous-chef at London’s Le Gavroche.
From 2009 to 2022, she served as a judge on the BBC series MasterChef: The Professionals and has hosted other food-related television shows.
She opened Mere, a new restaurant in London, with her husband David in 2017. Alastair Storey, chairman of Westbury Street Holdings, helped make this happen.
Galetti represents Samoa as a UK Tourism Ambassador. On January 31, 2021, she appeared on the BBC radio show Desert Island Discs.
Galetti was named as one of the judges for the Platinum Pudding in 2022, a competition to create a British pudding to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
Monica Galetti thumb injury
Monica Galetti recounts incident leading to the injuring if her thumb;
‘I’m a big fan,’ this little girl says as I’m doing a cooking demonstration. Can I join you in the kitchen?’ Yeah, yeah, come up with me, I said “
Monica continued: “So she had to make croutons out of stale bread. I took the knife and went to show her what to do, but a man off-stage asked me a question. I looked up and crunched down — the top of my thumb was gone!”
“So, I had this little girl, maybe eight years old, and I didn’t want to startle her, so I swept [my thumb] into the bin and hid my hand behind my back.