TV series ‘MasterChef’ is back, opening its doors to a new batch of aspiring chefs all battling to become Britain’s best amateur cook.
Across 25 episodes spread over seven weeks on BBC One, the contestants will face extraordinary culinary challenges- and expert critique, as John Torode and Gregg Wallace return to the judging table in their search for the 12th champion. Out of the hundreds that auditioned, 40 amateur cooks are through to battle it out over four weeks of heats.
In the first episode, which airs on Wednesday (March 23) at 8pm, the first five hopefuls try to prove to the judges that they have the potential to be the 2016 MasterChef champion.
The contestants are first given 75 minutes to impress Gregg and John with their ‘calling card’: a dish that represents who they are as a cook and showcases their talent. After tasting all five dishes, John and Gregg, without telling each other, each pick their favourite dish. If they both choose the same dish then they will select their second preference. The two chosen cooks will go through to the second test.
They remaining three contestants must cook again in a ‘sweet or savoury’ invention test, at the end of which one of them will be sent home. The four remaining cooks must then create two courses to excite not only John and Gregg but also 2015 finalists Emma Spitzer and Tony Rodd and 2015 champion Simon Wood.
After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg decide which three contestants deserve to take the next step in the competition and go through to the first quarter-final.