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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 13

Wednesday January 29 at 10:30

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. 16/25

Episode 17, Series 13

Thursday January 30 at 10:30

Series 13, Episode 17

It's the end of the Knockout Week and the competition has now been whittled down to ten talented cooks. They now have one and a half hours to create a superb Showstopper. 17/25

Episode 18, Series 13

Thursday January 30 at 11:00

Series 13, Episode 18

It's the first of the Semi-Finals, and the nine best cooks face just one test to keep them in the competition. 18/25

Episode 19, Series 13

Friday January 31 at 10:30

Series 13, Episode 19

The eight remaining cooks head to the BBC studios at Elstree, where each team will have to create two main courses and a dessert to feed 120 cast and crew members. 19/25

Episode 14, Series 13

Saturday February 1 at 10:10

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. John and Gregg must then decide who should leave the competition. 14/25

Episode 15, Series 13

Saturday February 1 at 10:35

Series 13, Episode 15

The first group head to Ormer Mayfair in London. During a busy service, the six amateurs will be responsible for serving up every dish on the menu to paying customers. 15/25

Episode 16, Series 13

Saturday February 1 at 11:35

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. 16/25

Episode 17, Series 13

Saturday February 1 at 12:35

Series 13, Episode 17

It's the end of the Knockout Week and the competition has now been whittled down to ten talented cooks. They now have one and a half hours to create a superb Showstopper. 17/25

Episode 18, Series 13

Saturday February 1 at 13:05

Series 13, Episode 18

It's the first of the Semi-Finals, and the nine best cooks face just one test to keep them in the competition. 18/25

Episode 19, Series 13

Saturday February 1 at 13:35

Series 13, Episode 19

The eight remaining cooks head to the BBC studios at Elstree, where each team will have to create two main courses and a dessert to feed 120 cast and crew members. 19/25

Episode 20, Series 13

Monday February 3 at 10:30

Series 13, Episode 20

Today our remaining chefs are tasked with the daunting challenge of cooking a 3-course fish lunch for some of the country's biggest fish experts. 20/25

Episode 21, Series 13

Tuesday February 4 at 10:25

Series 13, Episode 21

It's the last of Semi-Finals and the chefs must win over four of the country's most feared restaurant critics; Amol Rajan, Tracey MacLeod, Jay Rayner and William Sitwell. 21/25

Episode 22, Series 13

Wednesday February 5 at 10:30

Series 13, Episode 22

It's the Final Week of MasterChef and the remaining cooks head to the residence of the American Ambassador to the UK, where they must cook for him and his guests. 22/25

Episode 23, Series 13

Thursday February 6 at 10:30

Series 13, Episode 23

The final four talented amateur cooks embark on a culinary adventure to South Africa; a melting pot of European ideas and African flavours. 23/25

Episode 24, Series 13

Friday February 7 at 09:35

Series 13, Episode 24

The three finalists get to cook with culinary legend Sat Baines. Regarded as one of Britain's most creative chefs, Sat turned his Nottingham restaurant into an international culinary…

Episode 25, Series 13

Friday February 7 at 10:30

Series 13, Episode 25

It's the MasterChef Final, and after a formidable seven-week competition, the finalists have just three hours to produce three exceptional courses. 25/25

Episode 21, Series 13

Saturday February 8 at 10:15

Series 13, Episode 21

It's the last of Semi-Finals and the chefs must win over four of the country's most feared restaurant critics; Amol Rajan, Tracey MacLeod, Jay Rayner and William Sitwell. 21/25

Episode 22, Series 13

Saturday February 8 at 10:45

Series 13, Episode 22

It's the Final Week of MasterChef and the remaining cooks head to the residence of the American Ambassador to the UK, where they must cook for him and his guests. 22/25

Episode 23, Series 13

Saturday February 8 at 11:45

Series 13, Episode 23

The final four talented amateur cooks embark on a culinary adventure to South Africa; a melting pot of European ideas and African flavours. 23/25

Episode 24, Series 13

Saturday February 8 at 12:45

Series 13, Episode 24

The three finalists get to cook with culinary legend Sat Baines. Regarded as one of Britain's most creative chefs, Sat turned his Nottingham restaurant into an international culinary…

Episode 25, Series 13

Saturday February 8 at 13:45

Series 13, Episode 25

It's the MasterChef Final, and after a formidable seven-week competition, the finalists have just three hours to produce three exceptional courses. 25/25

Episode 1, Series 14

Monday February 10 at 10:30

Series 14, Episode 1

In this first episode, the first seven hopefuls need to show judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to become a MasterChef Champion. 1/25

Episode 2, Series 14

Tuesday February 11 at 10:30

Series 14, Episode 2

In this second Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress the MasterChef Finalists from 2010 - Alex Rushmer, Tim Kinnaird and Champion Dhruv Baker. 2/25

Episode 3, Series 14

Wednesday February 12 at 10:30

Series 14, Episode 3

In the Critic's Test, the week's amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics; William Sitwell. 3/25

Episode 4, Series 14

Thursday February 13 at 10:30

Series 14, Episode 4

Today the featured ingredients include venison, chicken, parma ham, sea bream and pollock. They have an hour and 10 minutes to dazzle the judges. 4/25

Episode 5, Series 14

Friday February 14 at 10:30

Series 14, Episode 5

In this episode, the featured ingredients include lamb rump, pork chops and pigeon, sea bass, turbot and langoustine. They have an hour and 10 minutes to stun the judges. 5/25

Episode 1, Series 14

Saturday February 15 at 10:20

Series 14, Episode 1

In this first episode, the first seven hopefuls need to show judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to become a MasterChef Champion. 1/25

Episode 2, Series 14

Saturday February 15 at 11:20

Series 14, Episode 2

In this second Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress the MasterChef Finalists from 2010 - Alex Rushmer, Tim Kinnaird and Champion Dhruv Baker. 2/25

Episode 3, Series 14

Saturday February 15 at 12:20

Series 14, Episode 3

In the Critic's Test, the week's amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics; William Sitwell. 3/25

Episode 4, Series 14

Saturday February 15 at 12:45

Series 14, Episode 4

Today the featured ingredients include venison, chicken, parma ham, sea bream and pollock. They have an hour and 10 minutes to dazzle the judges. 4/25

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