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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 6, Series 13

Monday May 28 at 12:05

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

Tuesday May 29 at 07:45

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 7, Series 13

Tuesday May 29 at 12:35

Series 13, Episode 7

On offer in the MasterChef market are chicken legs, quail and lamb rump. After tasting all eight dishes, John and Gregg decide which five cooks are good enough to stay, while three…

Episode 7, Series 13

Wednesday May 30 at 07:50

Series 13, Episode 7

On offer in the MasterChef market are chicken legs, quail and lamb rump. After tasting all eight dishes, John and Gregg decide which five cooks are good enough to stay, while three…

Episode 8, Series 13

Wednesday May 30 at 13:05

Series 13, Episode 8

On offer in the MasterChef market are chicken wings, quail, pancetta, brown shrimp, salmon and haddock. The five remaining cooks must cook two courses that excite the 2013 finalists…

Episode 8, Series 13

Thursday May 31 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 8

On offer in the MasterChef market are chicken wings, quail, pancetta, brown shrimp, salmon and haddock. The five remaining cooks must cook two courses that excite the 2013 finalists…

Episode 9, Series 13

Thursday May 31 at 12:40

Series 13, Episode 9

It is the quarter-final, and the six cooks continue to fight for their place in the competition. They must either cook a savoury dish that showcases rice, or a dessert with almonds…

Episode 9, Series 13

Friday June 1 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 9

It is the quarter-final, and the six cooks continue to fight for their place in the competition. They must either cook a savoury dish that showcases rice, or a dessert with almonds…

Episode 10, Series 13

Friday June 1 at 12:35

Series 13, Episode 10

It is the final week of heats, and eight more hopefuls try to prove themselves to the judges. On offer in the MasterChef market are bone marrow, beef mince, oxtail, poussin and chicken…

Episode 10, Series 13

Monday June 4 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 10

It is the final week of heats, and eight more hopefuls try to prove themselves to the judges. On offer in the MasterChef market are bone marrow, beef mince, oxtail, poussin and chicken…

Episode 11, Series 13

Monday June 4 at 12:30

Series 13, Episode 11

On offer in the MasterChef market are venison, lamb mince, kidneys, scallops and langoustines. The cooks have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good…

Episode 11, Series 13

Tuesday June 5 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 11

On offer in the MasterChef market are venison, lamb mince, kidneys, scallops and langoustines. The cooks have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good…

Episode 12, Series 13

Tuesday June 5 at 12:05

Series 13, Episode 12

The contestants must either cook a savoury dish that showcases aubergine or a dessert with honey as the star. After cooking their dish, they hear what the judges think of their food…

Episode 13, Series 13

Tuesday June 5 at 12:35

Series 13, Episode 13

The contestants are split into two groups with seven cooks in each. The blue team are up first, and their challenge is to create one dish inspired by a family favourite or food from…

Episode 12, Series 13

Wednesday June 6 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 12

The contestants must either cook a savoury dish that showcases aubergine or a dessert with honey as the star. After cooking their dish, they hear what the judges think of their food…

Episode 13, Series 13

Wednesday June 6 at 08:15

Series 13, Episode 13

The contestants are split into two groups with seven cooks in each. The blue team are up first, and their challenge is to create one dish inspired by a family favourite or food from…

Episode 14, Series 13

Wednesday June 6 at 12:35

Series 13, Episode 14

It's the red team's turn to create a dish inspired by a family favourite or food from their childhood. Afterwards, John and Gregg must decide who has what it takes to continue in the…

Episode 14, Series 13

Thursday June 7 at 07:40

Series 13, Episode 14

It's the red team's turn to create a dish inspired by a family favourite or food from their childhood. Afterwards, John and Gregg must decide who has what it takes to continue in the…

Episode 15, Series 13

Thursday June 7 at 12:30

Series 13, Episode 15

The first group head to Ormer Mayfair, a London restaurant. During a busy service, the six amateurs will be responsible for serving up every dish on the menu to paying customers. Who…

Episode 15, Series 13

Friday June 8 at 07:40

Series 13, Episode 15

The first group head to Ormer Mayfair, a London restaurant. During a busy service, the six amateurs will be responsible for serving up every dish on the menu to paying customers. Who…

Episode 16, Series 13

Friday June 8 at 12:25

Series 13, Episode 16

The second group of amateurs get their first taste of professional cooking as they head to Roux in Parliament Square, Michel Roux Junior's second restaurant. The contestants will be…

Episode 16, Series 13

Monday June 11 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 16

The second group of amateurs get their first taste of professional cooking as they head to Roux in Parliament Square, Michel Roux Junior's second restaurant. The contestants will be…

Episode 17, Series 13

Monday June 11 at 12:30

Series 13, Episode 17

It's the end of the Knockout Week and the competition has now been whittled down to ten talented cooks. At MasterChef HQ, they have one and a half hours to create a superb Showstopper…

Episode 18, Series 13

Monday June 11 at 13:00

Series 13, Episode 18

It's the first of the Semi-Finals, and the nine cooks face just one test to keep them in the competition; they have 90 minutes to cook a dish which showcases their favourite ingredient…

Episode 17, Series 13

Tuesday June 12 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 17

It's the end of the Knockout Week and the competition has now been whittled down to ten talented cooks. At MasterChef HQ, they have one and a half hours to create a superb Showstopper…

Episode 18, Series 13

Tuesday June 12 at 08:10

Series 13, Episode 18

It's the first of the Semi-Finals, and the nine cooks face just one test to keep them in the competition; they have 90 minutes to cook a dish which showcases their favourite ingredient…

Episode 19, Series 13

Tuesday June 12 at 12:00

Series 13, Episode 19

The eight remaining cooks head to the BBC studios at Elstree, where they must run their own kitchens in two specially constructed catering tents. Each team will have to create two main…

Episode 19, Series 13

Wednesday June 13 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 19

The eight remaining cooks head to the BBC studios at Elstree, where they must run their own kitchens in two specially constructed catering tents. Each team will have to create two main…

Episode 20, Series 13

Wednesday June 13 at 12:30

Series 13, Episode 20

The remaining cooks are tasked with the daunting challenge of creating a three-course fish lunch for some of the country's biggest fish experts. Starting at 4am at London's famous…

Episode 20, Series 13

Thursday June 14 at 07:45

Series 13, Episode 20

The remaining cooks are tasked with the daunting challenge of creating a three-course fish lunch for some of the country's biggest fish experts. Starting at 4am at London's famous…

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