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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 1, Series 12

Monday October 30 at 08:45

Series 12, Episode 1

MasterChef is back! The competition opens its doors to a new batch of aspiring chefs battling to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they can be the MasterChef champion. 1/24

Episode 1, Series 12

Tuesday October 31 at 01:40

Series 12, Episode 1

MasterChef is back! The competition opens its doors to a new batch of aspiring chefs battling to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they can be the MasterChef champion. 1/24

Episode 1, Series 12

Tuesday October 31 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 1

MasterChef is back! The competition opens its doors to a new batch of aspiring chefs battling to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they can be the MasterChef champion. 1/24

Episode 2, Series 12

Tuesday October 31 at 08:45

Series 12, Episode 2

Five more amateurs try to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. Who will go through to the first quarter-final? 2/24

Episode 2, Series 12

Wednesday November 1 at 01:50

Series 12, Episode 2

Five more amateurs try to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. Who will go through to the first quarter-final? 2/24

Episode 2, Series 12

Wednesday November 1 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 2

Five more amateurs try to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. Who will go through to the first quarter-final? 2/24

Episode 3, Series 12

Wednesday November 1 at 08:40

Series 12, Episode 3

The cookery competition continues with the first quarter-final of the series. Six heat winners battle to reach the knockout stages and take a big step towards the MasterChef crown.…

Episode 3, Series 12

Thursday November 2 at 01:50

Series 12, Episode 3

The cookery competition continues with the first quarter-final of the series. Six heat winners battle to reach the knockout stages and take a big step towards the MasterChef crown.…

Episode 3, Series 12

Thursday November 2 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 3

The cookery competition continues with the first quarter-final of the series. Six heat winners battle to reach the knockout stages and take a big step towards the MasterChef crown.…

Episode 4, Series 12

Thursday November 2 at 08:45

Series 12, Episode 4

It's the second round of heats and five more hopefuls must try to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. 4/24

Episode 4, Series 12

Friday November 3 at 01:55

Series 12, Episode 4

It's the second round of heats and five more hopefuls must try to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. 4/24

Episode 4, Series 12

Friday November 3 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 4

It's the second round of heats and five more hopefuls must try to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. 4/24

Episode 5, Series 12

Friday November 3 at 08:50

Series 12, Episode 5

Another five aspiring chefs take on the fiendish heat challenges under the watchful eyes of John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Could one of them be the MasterChef champion? 5/24

Episode 5, Series 12

Saturday November 4 at 01:50

Series 12, Episode 5

Another five aspiring chefs take on the fiendish heat challenges under the watchful eyes of John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Could one of them be the MasterChef champion? 5/24

Episode 5, Series 12

Monday November 6 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 5

Another five aspiring chefs take on the fiendish heat challenges under the watchful eyes of John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Could one of them be the MasterChef champion? 5/24

Episode 6, Series 12

Monday November 6 at 08:50

Series 12, Episode 6

It's the second quarter-final! Six heat winners are put through the mill by a daunting test set by one of Britain's toughest food critics - but who will reach the knockout stages? 6/24

Episode 6, Series 12

Tuesday November 7 at 01:45

Series 12, Episode 6

It's the second quarter-final! Six heat winners are put through the mill by a daunting test set by one of Britain's toughest food critics - but who will reach the knockout stages? 6/24

Episode 6, Series 12

Tuesday November 7 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 6

It's the second quarter-final! Six heat winners are put through the mill by a daunting test set by one of Britain's toughest food critics - but who will reach the knockout stages? 6/24

Episode 7, Series 12

Tuesday November 7 at 08:45

Series 12, Episode 7

It's the third round of heats, so five more hopefuls must show John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they could be the MasterChef champion. Who will cook up a storm this time? 7/24

Episode 7, Series 12

Wednesday November 8 at 01:50

Series 12, Episode 7

It's the third round of heats, so five more hopefuls must show John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they could be the MasterChef champion. Who will cook up a storm this time? 7/24

Episode 7, Series 12

Wednesday November 8 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 7

It's the third round of heats, so five more hopefuls must show John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they could be the MasterChef champion. Who will cook up a storm this time? 7/24

Episode 8, Series 12

Wednesday November 8 at 08:45

Series 12, Episode 8

Five more amateurs must cook their Calling Card dish and more in a bid to show John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. 8/24

Episode 8, Series 12

Thursday November 9 at 01:40

Series 12, Episode 8

Five more amateurs must cook their Calling Card dish and more in a bid to show John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. 8/24

Episode 8, Series 12

Thursday November 9 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 8

Five more amateurs must cook their Calling Card dish and more in a bid to show John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef champion. 8/24

Episode 9, Series 12

Thursday November 9 at 08:50

Series 12, Episode 9

Quarter-final three: six heat winners fight for their place in the competition. Food critic William Sitwell guest judges. The best goes through to the knockout stages - who will? 9/24

Episode 9, Series 12

Friday November 10 at 01:55

Series 12, Episode 9

Quarter-final three: six heat winners fight for their place in the competition. Food critic William Sitwell guest judges. The best goes through to the knockout stages - who will? 9/24

Episode 9, Series 12

Friday November 10 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 9

Quarter-final three: six heat winners fight for their place in the competition. Food critic William Sitwell guest judges. The best goes through to the knockout stages - who will? 9/24

Episode 10, Series 12

Friday November 10 at 08:50

Series 12, Episode 10

It's the last round of the heats and the final group of amateurs battle for a place in the quarter-final - but which three contestants will John and Gregg decide to put through? 10/24

Episode 10, Series 12

Saturday November 11 at 01:50

Series 12, Episode 10

It's the last round of the heats and the final group of amateurs battle for a place in the quarter-final - but which three contestants will John and Gregg decide to put through? 10/24

Episode 10, Series 12

Monday November 13 at 06:00

Series 12, Episode 10

It's the last round of the heats and the final group of amateurs battle for a place in the quarter-final - but which three contestants will John and Gregg decide to put through? 10/24

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