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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 1, Series 14

Monday August 3 at 08:40

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 1, Series 14

Monday August 3 at 14:30

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 August 4 at 08:40

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 2, Series 14

Tuesday August 4 at 14:30

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 August 5 at 08:40

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 3, Series 14

Wednesday August 5 at 14:30

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 August 6 at 08:40

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 4, Series 14

Thursday August 6 at 14:25

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 August 7 at 08:35

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 5, Series 14

Friday August 7 at 14:30

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 6, Series 14

Monday August 10 at 08:40

Series 14, Episode 6

In the Critic's Test, the week's best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics - Jay Rayner. 6/25

Episode 6, Series 14

Monday August 10 at 14:35

Series 14, Episode 6

In the Critic's Test, the week's best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics - Jay Rayner. 6/25

Episode 7, Series 14

Tuesday August 11 at 08:40

Series 14, Episode 7

It's the third week of heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to win. 7/25

Episode 7, Series 14

Tuesday August 11 at 14:30

Series 14, Episode 7

It's the third week of heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to win. 7/25

Episode 8, Series 14

Wednesday August 12 at 08:40

Series 14, Episode 8

In this second heat, the contestants must attempt to impress the MasterChef champions Shelina Permmalloo (2012) and Peter Bayless (2008) and finalist Dean Edwards (2008). 8/25

Episode 8, Series 14

Wednesday August 12 at 14:30

Series 14, Episode 8

In this second heat, the contestants must attempt to impress the MasterChef champions Shelina Permmalloo (2012) and Peter Bayless (2008) and finalist Dean Edwards (2008). 8/25

Episode 9, Series 14

Thursday August 13 at 08:40

Series 14, Episode 9

In the Critic's Test, the week's best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics - Grace Dent. 9/25

Episode 9, Series 14

Thursday August 13 at 14:35

Series 14, Episode 9

In the Critic's Test, the week's best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics - Grace Dent. 9/25

Episode 10, Series 14

Friday August 14 at 08:40

Series 14, Episode 10

It is the last week of heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to win. 10/25

Episode 10, Series 14

Friday August 14 at 14:30

Series 14, Episode 10

It is the last week of heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to win. 10/25

Episode 11, Series 14

Monday August 17 at 08:40

Series 14, Episode 11

In this heat, the last group of seven amateur cooks try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the MasterChef Champion. 11/25

Episode 11, Series 14

Monday August 17 at 14:30

Series 14, Episode 11

In this heat, the last group of seven amateur cooks 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 14

Tuesday August 18 at 08:35

Series 14, Episode 12

In the Critic's Test, the week's best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics, Amol Rajan. 12/25

Episode 12, Series 14

Tuesday August 18 at 14:35

Series 14, Episode 12

In the Critic's Test, the week's best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics, Amol Rajan. 12/25

Episode 13, Series 14

Wednesday August 19 at 08:40

Series 14, Episode 13

After four weeks of fierce competition in the heats, 56 amateur cooks have been whittled down to just 16. Now they will cook off against each other across two shows. 13/25

Episode 13, Series 14

Wednesday August 19 at 14:30

Series 14, Episode 13

After four weeks of fierce competition in the heats, 56 amateur cooks have been whittled down to just 16. Now they will cook off against each other across two shows. 13/25

Episode 14, Series 14

Thursday August 20 at 08:35

Series 14, Episode 14

Knockout Week continues, as the best 16 amateur chefs continue to battle it out in a high-pressured cook-off. It is now the turn of the red group to impress. 14/25

Episode 14, Series 14

Thursday August 20 at 14:30

Series 14, Episode 14

Knockout Week continues, as the best 16 amateur chefs continue to battle it out in a high-pressured cook-off. It is now the turn of the red group to impress. 14/25

Episode 15, Series 14

Friday August 21 at 08:35

Series 14, Episode 15

The first group head to ENEKO in Covent Garden, London. During a busy lunch service, the six amateur cooks will be serving the restaurant's menu to paying customers. 15/25

Episode 15, Series 14

Friday August 21 at 14:30

Series 14, Episode 15

The first group head to ENEKO in Covent Garden, London. During a busy lunch service, the six amateur cooks will be serving the restaurant's menu to paying customers. 15/25

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