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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 14

Tuesday March 31 at 03:20

Series 14, Episode 16

The second group head to Sartoria in London's Mayfair, run by renowned Italian Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei. The six contestants must serve up every dish on the menu. 16/25

Episode 17, Series 14

Tuesday March 31 at 04:15

Series 14, Episode 17

It's the end of Knockout Week and the competition has now been whittled down to nine amateur cooks - all of whom are desperate to reach the MasterChef Semi-Finals. 17/25

Episode 18, Series 14

Tuesday March 31 at 04:40

Series 14, Episode 18

The six amateur cooks are set a brief by Chef Theo Randall to create one outstanding dish inspired by Italian cuisine and they have just 90 minutes to prep and cook it. 18/25

Episode 19, Series 14

Tuesday March 31 at 05:05

Series 14, Episode 19

The MasterChef Semi-Finals continue with a spectacular challenge, as the eight remaining best cooks in the competition head to RAF Halton in Aylesbury. 19/25

Episode 20, Series 14

Wednesday April 1 at 02:40

Series 14, Episode 20

The cooks will have to pull out all the stops as they are tasked with the challenge of cooking a three-course fish lunch to celebrate 100 years of Women's Right to Vote. 20/25

Episode 21, Series 14

Wednesday April 1 at 03:35

Series 14, Episode 21

The contestants must cook an outstanding dish to win-over three of the country's most feared restaurant critics - Tracey MacLeod, Tom Parker Bowles and Fay Maschler. 21/25

Episode 22, Series 14

Wednesday April 1 at 04:05

Series 14, Episode 22

The final five travel to the impressive Carlton Towers in rural Yorkshire, a Victorian Gothic country house which is home to Lord and Lady Fitzalan. 22/25

Episode 23, Series 14

Wednesday April 1 at 05:00

Series 14, Episode 23

The four contestants will be working during a busy lunch service at Central and are given 3 hours to each cook a dish from Virgilio's 17 course tasting menu. 23/25

Episode 24, Series 14

Thursday April 2 at 02:45

Series 14, Episode 24

It is the penultimate show, and the final four amateur cooks face the challenge of a lifetime cooking alongside internationally renowned chef Ashley Palmer-Watts. 24/25

Episode 25, Series 14

Thursday April 2 at 03:40

Series 14, Episode 25

The finalists have to push themselves to the limit for one last time before judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace crown one of the three talented cooks the Champion. 25/25

Episode 1, Series 13

Friday April 3 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 1

The first eight hopefuls try to prove their skills to the MasterChef judges. The first challenge is to invent a dish using ingredients from the new MasterChef Market. 1/25

Episode 2, Series 13

Saturday April 4 at 02:55

Series 13, Episode 2

Today at the MasterChef market is poussin, lamb, duck, mussels, prawns and crab. The contestants have one hour and twenty minutes to dazzle the judges with their dish. 2/25

Episode 3, Series 13

Tuesday April 7 at 03:00

Series 13, Episode 3

It's the first Quarter Final, and the six talented chefs continue to compete. This week they face face a daunting test set by one of the UK's toughest food critics. 3/25

Episode 4, Series 13

Wednesday April 8 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 4

It's the second week of heats and eight more hopefuls try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef Champion. 4/25

Episode 5, Series 13

Thursday April 9 at 02:55

Series 13, Episode 5

Eight more amateurs try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef Champion. 5/25

Episode 6, Series 13

Friday April 10 at 02:50

Series 13, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the chefs are challenged with either cooking a savoury dish that has no meat or fish, or a tart dessert by restaurant critic William Sitwell. 6/25

Episode 7, Series 13

Saturday April 11 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 7

It's the third week of heats and eight more hopefuls try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef Champion. 7/25

Episode 8, Series 13

Tuesday April 14 at 03:00

Series 13, Episode 8

Eight more amateurs must do all they can to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef Champion. 8/25

Episode 9, Series 13

Wednesday April 15 at 02:45

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 rice dish, or a dessert with almonds. 9/25

Episode 10, Series 13

Thursday April 16 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 10

It is the final week of heats, and eight more hopefuls try to prove themselves to the judges by selecting food from the Masterchef Market to create their dazzling dish. 10/25

Episode 11, Series 13

Friday April 17 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 11

The last group of eight amateur cooks eight try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef Champion. 11/25

Episode 12, Series 13

Saturday April 18 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 12

It's the last Quarter Final and the seven talented heat winners have no time to rest on their laurels as they continue to fight for a place in knockout week. 12/25

Episode 13, Series 13

Tuesday April 21 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 13

Only the 14 best cooks remain, and tonight, the battle is on as they come together for the first time and cook off against each other across two shows. 13/25

Episode 14, Series 13

Wednesday April 22 at 02:45

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

Thursday April 23 at 02:45

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

Friday April 24 at 02:40

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 April 25 at 02:45

Series 13, Episode 17

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

Episode 18, Series 13

Tuesday April 28 at 02:45

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

Wednesday April 29 at 02:40

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

Thursday April 30 at 02:45

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

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