Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back to put more aspiring amateur cooks through a series of increasingly difficult cookery tasks in a brand new MasterChef kitchen.
For the first time ever, this series starts with two audition shows, in which John and Gregg have the gargantuan task of eating and judging an exciting variety of dishes to select the contestants for the main competition. With just 20 coveted places available and only 45 minutes to create a dish to impress, the heat is on. Once the 20 are chosen to wear the MasterChef apron, it’s straight on to the main competition. Nerves are running high, as any serious slip-ups will mean the end of their MasterChef journey.
Throughout the competition, the contestants are put through their paces, cooking with some of the best chefs in the UK, cooking meals in Michelin-starred restaurants for the paying public; feeding the entire cast and crew of the award-winning drama series Merlin; and flying to Australia for the finals week. The best amateur best cooks in the UK will face challenges that will push their skills to the limit, and ultimately only one will be crowned the winner of MasterChef 2011.