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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?

Hosts

Celebrity Masterchef, Profiles

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 1, Series 13

Wednesday January 3 at 20:00

Series 13, Episode 1

The first eight hopefuls try to prove they have the potential to be the 2017 MasterChef Champion. The first challenge is to invent and cook one dish using ingredients from the all-new…

Episode 1, Series 13

Thursday January 4 at 15:15

Series 13, Episode 1

The first eight hopefuls try to prove they have the potential to be the 2017 MasterChef Champion. The first challenge is to invent and cook one dish using ingredients from the all-new…

Episode 2, Series 13

Thursday January 4 at 20:00

Series 13, Episode 2

On offer at the MasterChef market is poussin, lamb, duck mussels, prawns and crab. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough…

Episode 2, Series 13

Friday January 5 at 15:10

Series 13, Episode 2

On offer at the MasterChef market is poussin, lamb, duck mussels, prawns and crab. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough…

Episode 3, Series 13

Friday January 5 at 20:00

Series 13, Episode 3

It's the first Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs continue to fight for their place in the competition. The week's amateurs face a daunting test set by one of the UK's toughest…

Episode 1, Series 13

Saturday January 6 at 09:45

Series 13, Episode 1

The first eight hopefuls try to prove they have the potential to be the 2017 MasterChef Champion. The first challenge is to invent and cook one dish using ingredients from the all-new…

Episode 2, Series 13

Saturday January 6 at 10:45

Series 13, Episode 2

On offer at the MasterChef market is poussin, lamb, duck mussels, prawns and crab. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough…

Episode 3, Series 13

Saturday January 6 at 11:40

Series 13, Episode 3

It's the first Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs continue to fight for their place in the competition. The week's amateurs face a daunting test set by one of the UK's toughest…

Episode 1, Series 13

Saturday January 6 at 23:10

Series 13, Episode 1

The first eight hopefuls try to prove they have the potential to be the 2017 MasterChef Champion. The first challenge is to invent and cook one dish using ingredients from the all-new…

Episode 2, Series 13

Sunday January 7 at 00:10

Series 13, Episode 2

On offer at the MasterChef market is poussin, lamb, duck mussels, prawns and crab. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough…

Episode 3, Series 13

Sunday January 7 at 01:05

Series 13, Episode 3

It's the first Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs continue to fight for their place in the competition. The week's amateurs face a daunting test set by one of the UK's toughest…

Episode 1, Series 13

Sunday January 7 at 03:15

Series 13, Episode 1

The first eight hopefuls try to prove they have the potential to be the 2017 MasterChef Champion. The first challenge is to invent and cook one dish using ingredients from the all-new…

Episode 2, Series 13

Sunday January 7 at 04:10

Series 13, Episode 2

On offer at the MasterChef market is poussin, lamb, duck mussels, prawns and crab. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough…

Episode 3, Series 13

Sunday January 7 at 05:05

Series 13, Episode 3

It's the first Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs continue to fight for their place in the competition. The week's amateurs face a daunting test set by one of the UK's toughest…

Episode 3, Series 13

Monday January 8 at 15:10

Series 13, Episode 3

It's the first Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs continue to fight for their place in the competition. The week's amateurs face a daunting test set by one of the UK's toughest…

Episode 4, Series 13

Wednesday January 10 at 20:00

Series 13, Episode 4

On offer at the MasterChef Market in this episode are pork chops, beef mince, kidneys, bone marrow and clams. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and…

Episode 4, Series 13

Thursday January 11 at 15:15

Series 13, Episode 4

On offer at the MasterChef Market in this episode are pork chops, beef mince, kidneys, bone marrow and clams. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and…

Episode 5, Series 13

Thursday January 11 at 20:00

Series 13, Episode 5

On offer at the MasterChef Market are duck legs, ox tail, lamb mince, langoustine, cod and scallops. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove…

Episode 5, Series 13

Friday January 12 at 15:10

Series 13, Episode 5

On offer at the MasterChef Market are duck legs, ox tail, lamb mince, langoustine, cod and scallops. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove…

Episode 6, Series 13

Friday January 12 at 20:00

Series 13, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs are challenged with either cooking a savoury dish that has no meat or fish or a tart dessert by restaurant critic William Sitwell…

Episode 4, Series 13

Saturday January 13 at 09:50

Series 13, Episode 4

On offer at the MasterChef Market in this episode are pork chops, beef mince, kidneys, bone marrow and clams. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and…

Episode 5, Series 13

Saturday January 13 at 10:45

Series 13, Episode 5

On offer at the MasterChef Market are duck legs, ox tail, lamb mince, langoustine, cod and scallops. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove…

Episode 6, Series 13

Saturday January 13 at 11:40

Series 13, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs are challenged with either cooking a savoury dish that has no meat or fish or a tart dessert by restaurant critic William Sitwell…

Episode 4, Series 13

Saturday January 13 at 23:20

Series 13, Episode 4

On offer at the MasterChef Market in this episode are pork chops, beef mince, kidneys, bone marrow and clams. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and…

Episode 5, Series 13

Sunday January 14 at 00:20

Series 13, Episode 5

On offer at the MasterChef Market are duck legs, ox tail, lamb mince, langoustine, cod and scallops. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove…

Episode 6, Series 13

Sunday January 14 at 01:10

Series 13, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs are challenged with either cooking a savoury dish that has no meat or fish or a tart dessert by restaurant critic William Sitwell…

Episode 4, Series 13

Sunday January 14 at 03:20

Series 13, Episode 4

On offer at the MasterChef Market in this episode are pork chops, beef mince, kidneys, bone marrow and clams. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and…

Episode 5, Series 13

Sunday January 14 at 04:10

Series 13, Episode 5

On offer at the MasterChef Market are duck legs, ox tail, lamb mince, langoustine, cod and scallops. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove…

Episode 6, Series 13

Sunday January 14 at 05:05

Series 13, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs are challenged with either cooking a savoury dish that has no meat or fish or a tart dessert by restaurant critic William Sitwell…

Episode 6, Series 13

Monday January 15 at 15:00

Series 13, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs are challenged with either cooking a savoury dish that has no meat or fish or a tart dessert by restaurant critic William Sitwell…

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