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Cooking doesn’t get tougher than this

The search begins again for another MasterChef champion.

It's the contest that has launched culinary careers and inspired amateur cooks everywhere – now the search begins again for another MasterChef champion.

The popular series is packed with tension, tears and raw talent as 60 contestants initially line up in the famous MasterChef kitchen to try and make it through to the final.

Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back to put the contestants through their paces with invention tests, intense culinary challenges – including being thrown in at the deep end in high-pressure professional kitchens – and the chance to create their own brilliant dishes.

As they battle through the heats in the hope of avoiding elimination, which of these amateur cooks will impress the judges and carry off the coveted MasterChef title?

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Gregg Wallace

London-born Greg is a produce connoisseur who started his career as a stall trader at London’s Covent Garden Market. He made his name in the fruit and veg world by founding Allan’s Greengrocers in 1989, a company that went on to celebrate a tidy £7.5 million annual turnover.

His entrepreneurial success and knowledge of greens earned him a seven year broadcasting contract with the BBC Radio 4 show Veg Talk, a year as host of the popular cooking TV show Saturday Kitchen and guest spots on such diverse shows as the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? and The Money Programme. However, since 2005, Greg is best known for being a MasterChef co-host and judge.

In 2014, Greg hit the dance floor as a celebrity contestant on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing. Sadly, his moves failed to wow and he was voted off in the second week of the competition.

Aside from his TV career, Greg is a contributing journalist for BBC Good Food and Olive magazines. He also published his autobiography – Life on a Plate – in 2012.

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John Torode

John Torode burst onto the British culinary scene after emigrating from his native Australia at the age of 25. He made his name cooking prime-cut meat dishes at Terrance Conran’s most revered London dining hotspots – Pont de la Tour, Quaglino's and Mezzo – before landing a broadcasting contract as a resident chef on the popular TV morning magazine show Richard and Judy.

In 2000, John established himself as a restaurateur in his own right by opening his New York style Smiths of Smithfield in a grand grade II listed building in the heart of Smithfield Market, London’s only working meat market. Guided by a mission “to serve simple food made from the finest ingredients”, it became an instant success and prompted him to open a second establishment called Luxe in 2009. Under his leadership, turnover of the two restaurants reached a reported £9.2 million.

John’s passion for locally farmed meat earned him presidency of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2008. He has also authored several bestselling books on cooking protein to perfection, including John Torode's Beef and John Torode's Chicken and Other Birds.

In addition to presenting and judging MasterChef since 2005, John’s broadcasting CV includes the recent John Torode's Australia. The ten-part series saw him return to his homeland to retrace the flavours of his childhood that ignited his passion for food, and was the most watched show on BBC Good Food in 2014.

Outside of the kitchen, John is fanatical about running, which he claims has helped him to manage his long battle with asthma.

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Episode 22, Series 13

Sunday February 25 at 00:20

Series 13, Episode 22

It's the Final Week of MasterChef 2017, and the remaining cooks head to the official residence of the American Ambassador to the UK where they must cook for him and his five guests…

Episode 23, Series 13

Sunday February 25 at 01:15

Series 13, Episode 23

The final four talented amateur cooks embark on a culinary adventure to South Africa; a melting pot of European ideas and African flavours. Here the finalists face three extraordinary…

Episode 24, Series 13

Sunday February 25 at 02:05

Series 13, Episode 24

The three finalists get to cook with culinary legend Sat Baines. Regarded as one of Britain's most creative chefs, Sat turned his Nottingham restaurant into an international culinary…

Episode 22, Series 13

Sunday February 25 at 03:00

Series 13, Episode 22

It's the Final Week of MasterChef 2017, and the remaining cooks head to the official residence of the American Ambassador to the UK where they must cook for him and his five guests…

Episode 23, Series 13

Sunday February 25 at 04:40

Series 13, Episode 23

The final four talented amateur cooks embark on a culinary adventure to South Africa; a melting pot of European ideas and African flavours. Here the finalists face three extraordinary…

Episode 24, Series 13

Monday February 26 at 15:00

Series 13, Episode 24

The three finalists get to cook with culinary legend Sat Baines. Regarded as one of Britain's most creative chefs, Sat turned his Nottingham restaurant into an international culinary…

Episode 25, Series 13

Wednesday February 28 at 20:00

Series 13, Episode 25

It's the MasterChef Final 2017, and after a formidable seven-week competition, the finalists have just three hours to produce three exceptional courses, push culinary boundaries, and…

Episode 25, Series 13

Thursday March 1 at 15:00

Series 13, Episode 25

It's the MasterChef Final 2017, and after a formidable seven-week competition, the finalists have just three hours to produce three exceptional courses, push culinary boundaries, and…

Episode 25, Series 13

Saturday March 3 at 11:15

Series 13, Episode 25

It's the MasterChef Final 2017, and after a formidable seven-week competition, the finalists have just three hours to produce three exceptional courses, push culinary boundaries, and…

Episode 25, Series 13

Sunday March 4 at 00:25

Series 13, Episode 25

It's the MasterChef Final 2017, and after a formidable seven-week competition, the finalists have just three hours to produce three exceptional courses, push culinary boundaries, and…

Episode 25, Series 13

Sunday March 4 at 03:05

Series 13, Episode 25

It's the MasterChef Final 2017, and after a formidable seven-week competition, the finalists have just three hours to produce three exceptional courses, push culinary boundaries, and…

Episode 1, Series 11

Friday March 9 at 04:15

Series 11, Episode 1

MasterChef is back for its eleventh year with more fantastically talented amateur cooks who want to take a shot at the MasterChef Champion title.

Episode 2, Series 11

Saturday March 10 at 04:15

Series 11, Episode 2

The contestants are given one hour and fifteen minutes to dazzle the judges when they cook their calling card, a dish that showcases their talent.

Episode 3, Series 11

Tuesday March 13 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 3

The week's amateurs are put through the mill with a seriously daunting test - the critic's brief. The home cooks have to impress with two dishes. 

Episode 4, Series 11

Wednesday March 14 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 4

Five more amateur cooks try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be MasterChef Champion 2015.

Episode 5, Series 11

Thursday March 15 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 5

To earn their place in the quarter-final, the remaining cooks have to make a menu that will impress some of the competition's inspiring finalists.

Episode 6, Series 11

Friday March 16 at 04:35

Series 11, Episode 6

The week's best amateurs are put through the mill with a seriously daunting test. The home cooks have to impress one food critic with two dishes. 

Episode 7, Series 11

Saturday March 17 at 04:15

Series 11, Episode 7

The remaining contestants must cook again in a twist on the infamous invention test, where they have to reimagine their calling card dish.

Episode 8, Series 11

Tuesday March 20 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 8

To earn their place in the quarter-final, the remaining cooks have to make a menu that will impress some of the competition's inspiring finalists.

Episode 9, Series 11

Wednesday March 21 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 9

Tonight, three cooks will go through to Knockout Week, taking another step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2015.

Episode 10, Series 11

Thursday March 22 at 04:15

Series 11, Episode 10

The contestants are given an hour and fifteen minutes to dazzle the judges when they are asked to cook a practised dish that showcases their talent. 

Episode 11, Series 11

Friday March 23 at 04:15

Series 11, Episode 11

The remaining three hopefuls are given the main ingredient from their calling card dish as well as access to the larder to create something new.

Episode 12, Series 11

Saturday March 24 at 04:40

Series 11, Episode 12

Tonight's challenge has been set by eagle-eyed food critic William Sitwell, who asks them to cook a delicious and spicy dish.

Episode 13, Series 11

Tuesday March 27 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 13

After four weeks of fierce competition only the 12 best cooks remain, and the battle is on as they come together for the first time.

Episode 14, Series 11

Wednesday March 28 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 14

The chefs head to Typing Room, a London restaurant over seen by Lee Westcott, a protégé of Jason Atherton, and Rene Redzepi's Noma. 

Episode 15, Series 11

Thursday March 29 at 04:15

Series 11, Episode 15

In a last-chance bid to stay in the competition, each contestant must demonstrate they can invent a dish that looks and tastes exceptional.

Episode 16, Series 11

Friday March 30 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 16

At the end of Knockout Week, the competition has been whittled down to nine amateur cooks - all of whom want to reach the MasterChef semi-finals.

Episode 17, Series 11

Friday March 30 at 04:40

Series 11, Episode 17

Split into two teams of four, both groups must create one dish between them, using chicken and a range of vegetables, herbs and spices.

Episode 18, Series 11

Saturday March 31 at 04:10

Series 11, Episode 18

The semi-finalists have to run their own kitchens in specially constructed catering tents beside the Red Arrows' main runway.

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