EVERYONE’S favourite cooking show is returning to the small screen.
MasterChef is back on TV with a whole batch of new hopefuls.
MasterChef returned to our TV screens on March 1Credit: BBC
When does MasterChef 2021 start on TV?
The MasterChef 2021 series, which is the 17th instalment of the popular show, began on March 1 at 9pm.
Tonight’s episode (March 5) airs at 8.05pm.
The show, consisting of 18 episodes, will air on BBC One as always.
The first week of episodes will air on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
If you miss any episodes they will be available on BBC iPlayer.
MasterChef has a big fan followingCredit: BBC
Who are the MasterChef 2021 contestants?
As of yet, the line-up hasn’t been revealed, but according to the Yorkshire Evening Post one contestant is former teacher, Jo Mills, 51, from Leeds.
However, the BBC said to RadioTimes that 40 contestants will be battling it out this series.
Judge Gregg Wallace says they’re a strong group of cooks, potentially raising the game of the meals whipped up this year.
He said: “What we realised, me and John, was that the standard was incredible even at the early stages.
“What we suspect has happened is because so many people are working from home, we think they’ve had a lot more time to practice, because we couldn’t believe the standard of the cooks in the early rounds.
“We normally get a mixed bag. This time we were getting good cook off after good cook after good cook.”
John Torode and Gregg Wallace return as judgesCredit: BBC
Who are the MasterChef 2021 judges?
There will be no surprises here.
Guest judges from the food industry will feature during the series as in previous iterations of the show.
How will MasterChef 2021 work?
The format for this year will be almost identical to previous years, with contestants competing in heats.
Gregg joked to PA Media that one positive was that it meant he and John got their own plates this series, rather than sharing one between them to taste the contestants’ meals.
This series also includes a new challenge based around favourite ingredients.
The first five contestants begin by preparing their signature dish on Monday and another five do the same in the Wednesday show.
Friday sees the four heat winners battle it out in the quarter finals to make it through to knockout week.
This continues until all 40 contestants have competed.
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