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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 15

Monday September 28 at 08:45

Series 15, Episode 16

Tonight the second group of amateurs get their first taste of professional cooking. They are heading to Ella Canta in London's Mayfair to serve during lunch service. 16/24

Episode 16, Series 15

Monday September 28 at 14:45

Series 15, Episode 16

Tonight the second group of amateurs get their first taste of professional cooking. They are heading to Ella Canta in London's Mayfair to serve during lunch service. 16/24

Episode 17, Series 15

Tuesday September 29 at 08:45

Series 15, Episode 17

It's the end of Knockout Week, and the competition has now been whittled down to ten very talented amateur cooks - all of whom are desperate to reach the Semi Finals. 17/24

Episode 17, Series 15

Tuesday September 29 at 15:05

Series 15, Episode 17

It's the end of Knockout Week, and the competition has now been whittled down to ten very talented amateur cooks - all of whom are desperate to reach the Semi Finals. 17/24

Episode 18, Series 15

Wednesday September 30 at 08:45

Series 15, Episode 18

Last week, five contestants were guaranteed a place in the Semi-Finals. Now the other five remaining cooks will go head-to-head, fighting for their place alongside them. 18/24

Episode 18, Series 15

Wednesday September 30 at 15:05

Series 15, Episode 18

Last week, five contestants were guaranteed a place in the Semi-Finals. Now the other five remaining cooks will go head-to-head, fighting for their place alongside them. 18/24

Episode 19, Series 15

Thursday October 1 at 08:40

Series 15, Episode 19

Tonight, the Semi-Finals begin with a huge challenge as the nine remaining cooks in the competition head to Glyndebourne in Sussex to create fine dining on a large scale. 19/24

Episode 19, Series 15

Thursday October 1 at 14:35

Series 15, Episode 19

Tonight, the Semi-Finals begin with a huge challenge as the nine remaining cooks in the competition head to Glyndebourne in Sussex to create fine dining on a large scale. 19/24

Episode 20, Series 15

Friday October 2 at 08:40

Series 15, Episode 20

The seven cooks are today challenged to create a plate of food inspired by someone they admire. After this challenge, two chefs will be leaving the competition. 20/24

Episode 20, Series 15

Friday October 2 at 14:20

Series 15, Episode 20

The seven cooks are today challenged to create a plate of food inspired by someone they admire. After this challenge, two chefs will be leaving the competition. 20/24

Episode 21, Series 15

Monday October 5 at 08:45

Series 15, Episode 21

Tonight the final five are heading to the Royal Society in London for an event hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and must create a five-course tasting menu for the guests. 21/24

Episode 21, Series 15

Monday October 5 at 14:35

Series 15, Episode 21

Tonight the final five are heading to the Royal Society in London for an event hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and must create a five-course tasting menu for the guests. 21/24

Episode 1, Series 16

Monday October 5 at 18:00

Episode 1

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 1/24

Episode 22, Series 15

Tuesday October 6 at 08:40

Series 15, Episode 22

Tonight the final four embark on a trip to Hong Kong, where they will face three extraordinary culinary challenges with no room for error. 22/24

Episode 22, Series 15

Tuesday October 6 at 14:30

Series 15, Episode 22

Tonight the final four embark on a trip to Hong Kong, where they will face three extraordinary culinary challenges with no room for error. 22/24

Episode 2, Series 16

Tuesday October 6 at 18:00

Episode 2

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 2/24

Episode 23, Series 15

Wednesday October 7 at 08:40

Series 15, Episode 23

In tonight's penultimate show, the final four amateur chefs face an incredible challenge - cooking alongside an internationally renowned 2-Michelin starred chef. 23/24

Episode 23, Series 15

Wednesday October 7 at 14:35

Series 15, Episode 23

In tonight's penultimate show, the final four amateur chefs face an incredible challenge - cooking alongside an internationally renowned 2-Michelin starred chef. 23/24

Episode 24, Series 15

Thursday October 8 at 08:40

Series 15, Episode 24

Today the chefs must cook their three best dishes, and push themselves to their absolute limits. But who will be crowned the Masterchef Champion? 24/24

Episode 24, Series 15

Thursday October 8 at 14:30

Series 15, Episode 24

Today the chefs must cook their three best dishes, and push themselves to their absolute limits. But who will be crowned the Masterchef Champion? 24/24

Episode 4, Series 16

Thursday October 8 at 18:00

Episode 4

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 4/24

Episode 5, Series 16

Friday October 9 at 18:00

Episode 5

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 5/24

Episode 7, Series 16

Tuesday October 13 at 18:00

Episode 7

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 7/24

Episode 9, Series 16

Thursday October 15 at 18:00

Episode 9

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 9/24

Episode 12, Series 16

Tuesday October 20 at 18:00

Episode 12

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 12/24

Episode 14, Series 16

Thursday October 22 at 18:00

Episode 14

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 14/24

Episode 18, Series 16

Wednesday October 28 at 18:00

Episode 18

Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title through a series of baking challenges. Presented by Australian chef John Torode and restaurateur Gregg Wallace. 18/24

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