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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?

Hosts

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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 3, Series 15

Thursday October 17 at 04:20

Series 15, Episode 3

It's the first quarter-final of the series and the six talented heat winners continue to fight for their place in the competition. 3/24

Episode 4, Series 15

Thursday October 17 at 23:00

Series 15, Episode 4

It's the seconds week of Heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to John and Gregg that they have what it takes. 4/24

Episode 4, Series 15

Friday October 18 at 04:10

Series 15, Episode 4

It's the seconds week of Heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to John and Gregg that they have what it takes. 4/24

Episode 5, Series 15

Friday October 18 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 5

Seven more amateur chefs try to prove to judges John and Gregg that they have the potential to be the 2019 Masterchef Champion. 5/24

Episode 5, Series 15

Saturday October 19 at 04:05

Series 15, Episode 5

Seven more amateur chefs try to prove to judges John and Gregg that they have the potential to be the 2019 Masterchef Champion. 5/24

Episode 1, Series 15

Saturday October 19 at 09:00

Series 15, Episode 1

In the first episode, the first seven hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to show John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have what it takes to become 2019's champion. 1/24

Episode 2, Series 15

Saturday October 19 at 10:00

Series 15, Episode 2

Seven more amateurs try to prove to John and Gregg that they have what it takes to become 2019's champion. 2/24

Episode 3, Series 15

Saturday October 19 at 11:00

Series 15, Episode 3

It's the first quarter-final of the series and the six talented heat winners continue to fight for their place in the competition. 3/24

Episode 4, Series 15

Saturday October 19 at 11:30

Series 15, Episode 4

It's the seconds week of Heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to John and Gregg that they have what it takes. 4/24

Episode 5, Series 15

Saturday October 19 at 12:30

Series 15, Episode 5

Seven more amateur chefs try to prove to judges John and Gregg that they have the potential to be the 2019 Masterchef Champion. 5/24

Episode 6, Series 15

Monday October 21 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented heat winners continue to fight for their place in the competition. Food critic Grace Dent joins them and sets a tough task. 6/24

Episode 6, Series 15

Tuesday October 22 at 04:05

Series 15, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented heat winners continue to fight for their place in the competition. Food critic Grace Dent joins them and sets a tough task. 6/24

Episode 7, Series 15

Tuesday October 22 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 7

In tonight's Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress 2016's Masterchef Finalists, as well as hosts Gregg and John. 7/24

Episode 7, Series 15

Wednesday October 23 at 03:25

Series 15, Episode 7

In tonight's Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress 2016's Masterchef Finalists, as well as hosts Gregg and John. 7/24

Episode 8, Series 15

Wednesday October 23 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 8

This year sees the return of the Masterchef Market, packed with high-quality ingredients for the contestants to select from and invent a show-stopping dish with. 8/24

Episode 8, Series 15

Thursday October 24 at 03:25

Series 15, Episode 8

This year sees the return of the Masterchef Market, packed with high-quality ingredients for the contestants to select from and invent a show-stopping dish with. 8/24

Episode 9, Series 15

Thursday October 24 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 9

Tonight's episode features the Critic's Test, where the remaining amateur chefs are set a daunting task by one of the country's toughest critics - Jay Rayner. 9/24

Episode 9, Series 15

Friday October 25 at 03:10

Series 15, Episode 9

Tonight's episode features the Critic's Test, where the remaining amateur chefs are set a daunting task by one of the country's toughest critics - Jay Rayner. 9/24

Episode 10, Series 15

Friday October 25 at 18:00

Series 15, Episode 10

It's the last of the heats, and seven more hopefuls need to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have what it take to become 2019's Masterchef Champion. 10/24

Episode 10, Series 15

Friday October 25 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 10

It's the last of the heats, and seven more hopefuls need to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have what it take to become 2019's Masterchef Champion. 10/24

Episode 10, Series 15

Saturday October 26 at 03:25

Series 15, Episode 10

It's the last of the heats, and seven more hopefuls need to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have what it take to become 2019's Masterchef Champion. 10/24

Episode 6, Series 15

Saturday October 26 at 09:00

Series 15, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented heat winners continue to fight for their place in the competition. Food critic Grace Dent joins them and sets a tough task. 6/24

Episode 7, Series 15

Saturday October 26 at 09:30

Series 15, Episode 7

In tonight's Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress 2016's Masterchef Finalists, as well as hosts Gregg and John. 7/24

Episode 8, Series 15

Saturday October 26 at 10:30

Series 15, Episode 8

This year sees the return of the Masterchef Market, packed with high-quality ingredients for the contestants to select from and invent a show-stopping dish with. 8/24

Episode 9, Series 15

Saturday October 26 at 11:30

Series 15, Episode 9

Tonight's episode features the Critic's Test, where the remaining amateur chefs are set a daunting task by one of the country's toughest critics - Jay Rayner. 9/24

Episode 10, Series 15

Saturday October 26 at 12:00

Series 15, Episode 10

It's the last of the heats, and seven more hopefuls need to prove to John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have what it take to become 2019's Masterchef Champion. 10/24

Episode 6, Series 15

Sunday October 27 at 06:55

Series 15, Episode 6

It's the Quarter Final, and the six talented heat winners continue to fight for their place in the competition. Food critic Grace Dent joins them and sets a tough task. 6/24

Episode 11, Series 15

Monday October 28 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 11

The last group of seven amateur cooks attempt to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have what it takes to be crowned 2019's Masterchef Champion. 11/24

Episode 12, Series 15

Tuesday October 29 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 12

It's the last quarter final and the six talented Heat winners have no time to rest on their laurels as they continue to fight for their place in the competition. 12/24

Episode 13, Series 15

Wednesday October 30 at 22:55

Series 15, Episode 13

The amateur cooks have now been whittled down to 16. Tonight, the heat dials up a notch as they cook-off against eachother over the next two shows. 13/24

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