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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 16, Series 12

Wednesday June 26 at 10:45

Series 12, Episode 16

More action from the knockout stages as the second group of amateurs get their first taste of professional cooking and cook for Marcus Wareing. Who will reach the challenge round? 16/24

Episode 17, Series 12

Thursday June 27 at 10:50

Series 12, Episode 17

Just nine amateur cooks, all of whom are desperate to reach the semi-finals, are left as the knockout stages come to a close. Who will wow the judges and secure a semi-final place?…

Episode 18, Series 12

Thursday June 27 at 11:20

Series 12, Episode 18

Forty amateur cooks have been whittled down to the most promising eight. The first semi-final sees these eight battle in a fiendish team challenge - the Relay Invention Test. 18/24

Episode 19, Series 12

Friday June 28 at 10:25

Series 12, Episode 19

The MasterChef semi-finals continue with a spectacular challenge. With another contestant going home after this semi-final, the battle is hotting up to stay in the competition! 19/24

Episode 20, Series 12

Monday July 1 at 10:50

Series 12, Episode 20

The seven remaining MasterChef semi-finalists fight for a place in the Finals as they cook for some of the world's most celebrated restaurateurs. Who will be the final four chefs? 20/24

Episode 21, Series 12

Tuesday July 2 at 10:55

Series 12, Episode 21

It's the last of the semi-finals, and it's do or die for the best six amateurs as they cook-off to win a coveted place in the prestigious MasterChef Finals. 21/24

Episode 22, Series 12

Wednesday July 3 at 10:55

Series 12, Episode 22

It's the final week of MasterChef 2016, and all the amateur cooks have just one goal: to lift the coveted MasterChef champion trophy. Tonight the final five become the final four. 22/24

Episode 23, Series 12

Thursday July 4 at 10:55

Series 12, Episode 23

The final four talented amateur cooks embark on a culinary odyssey to Mexico. Their journey begins in Mexico City, known for its extraordinary markets, exotic produce and vibrant street…

Episode 24, Series 12

Friday July 5 at 10:55

Series 12, Episode 24

Culinary talent Daniel Humm has designed an exquisite three-course menu for today's lunch, and each of the remaining three contestants are responsible for one of his signature dishes…

Episode 25, Series 12

Monday July 8 at 10:55

Series 12, Episode 25

Series finale. The finalists have three hours to produce three exceptional courses, push the culinary boundaries and give the judges an awe-inspiring tasting like never before. 25/24

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