With a sizzling new audition round and a brand new ‘culinary cathedral’ kitchen, the hunt for the next MasterChef champion is on!
Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back to put more aspiring amateur cooks through a series of increasingly difficult cookery tasks in a brand new MasterChef kitchen.
For the first time ever, this series starts with two audition shows, in which John and Gregg have the gargantuan task of eating and judging an exciting variety of dishes to select the contestants for the main competition. With just 20 coveted places available and only 45 minutes to create a dish to impress, the heat is on.
Hopefuls plucked from their home kitchens arrive in London for the auditions. One by one, they cook their hearts and souls out for the judges before they hear their fate. With only the most delicious food leading to a place, emotions are running high for the amateurs and their accompanying families and friends.
Once the 20 are chosen to wear the MasterChef apron, it’s straight on to the main competition. There’s no time to be complacent, as the contestants face the ultimate elimination challenge in a staggering new state-of-the art kitchen. Selecting from a larder of ingredients, they each prepare one dish that proves their culinary skill to the judges. Nerves are running high, as any serious slip-ups will mean the end of their MasterChef journey.
Contestants that divide the judges then have to cook again; but this time also assessed by one of the nation’s harshest cooking judges. The surviving12 have the terrifying task of cooking for MasterChef winners and finalists from all the past series in their first ever restaurant-style service.
When only 10 remain, they’re split into two teams to prepare a hearty lunch for 100 hungry Scotsmen at the Invercharron Highland Games. The winners have the privilege of cooking with arguably the best chef in Scotland. Subsequent episodes see the final few cooking under top chefs at leading London restaurants for the paying public; opening their culinary minds to the instinctive; sense-based cooking approach of Michelin-starred master, Alexis Gauthier; getting in touch with their veggie sides with an eye-opening masterclass by Yotam Ottolenghi; trying to impress the critical palate of world class celebrity caterer Bertie de Rougemont; and feeding the entire cast and crew of the award-winning drama series Merlin.
But who will have the skill and potential to win the battle to become this year’s MasterChef champion?