For all of you cooking programme fanatics out there (we're including ourselves in that number), the biggest few months of the culinary TV show calendar are coming up, with a brand new series of MasterChef starting soon.
We don't know about you, but we feel like we're caught in a constant cycle of MasterChef competitions, and we're not complaining at all. Just as we're starting to miss MasterChef: The Professionals being on our TVs and it's getting to the point where we can't even remember who won Celebrity MasterChef last summer, it's nearly time for the new series of regular MasterChef. The main difference, of course, between this series of MasterChef compared to MasterChef: The Professionals, is that all of the contestants are amateurs, meaning that there are likely to be a few more nightmares in the MasterChef kitchen.
In fact, there aren’t many things we enjoy more than watching stressed amateur chefs running around a warm kitchen, dropping things all over the place while discussing what we would have done differently if we were given the same invention test.
MasterChef has had its fair share of success stories in the past, proving that just because these chefs are amateurs doesn’t mean they can’t go on to achieve some pretty exciting things. Since winning the first series of Masterchef in 2005, Thomasina Miers has become something of a star, going on to write numerous books as well as setting up popular Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca. 2011 Champion Tim Anderson went on to work in the kitchens of both The Fat Duck and La Gavroche, before setting up his Japanese soul food restaurant Nanban, which has recently launched its second outlet in the highly fashionable Seven Dials market.
While the 2022 series is yet to start, we'll be keeping this page regularly updated from the start, so check back for the latest up-to-date information on MasterChef 2022.
When is MasterChef 2022 on?
The BBC hasn't announced exactly when the new series will begin, although it's typically around late February. The show usually airs for six weeks, with three episodes shown a week. The dates and start times of each episode varies, but every week three episodes will most likely air at some point between Monday and Friday 7.30-9.30pm.
How many episodes of MasterChef will there be?
Based on last year's series, we imagine there will be 18 episodes over the six week period.
Who are the MasterChef judges?
We're pretty much certain that our favourite duo of Gregg Wallace and John Torode will be back for another series, and will be providing their esteemed opinions of the amateur chefs' dishes. They’ve been with us ever since the reboot of the show began in 2005 so it wouldn’t really be MasterChef without them.
Who won last year's series of MasterChef?
Last year’s MasterChef winner was 31-year-old Tom Rhodes from Manchester. Tom, who has loved being in the kitchen since he was four, beat fellow finalists Mike and Alexina to take the prize and become the show's seventeenth winner. After Tom won, he apparently continued to work at Nando's and says he aims to release a cookbook soon.
What are the MasterChef 2022 challenges?
While we don't know for certain, we're willing to bet this year's challenges will be in a similar format to those in previous years. The heats in last year's series began with five chefs cooking a signature dish to impress the judges. The judge's two favourite chefs were given MasterChef aprons, while the remaining three chefs had to cook another dish using their chosen favourite ingredient. The two best chefs were also awarded a MasterChef apron. In the final stage of the heats, the remaining four contestants had to cook a two-course meal for two former MasterChef contestants, before the two or three best chefs progressed to the quarter-finals.
The quarter-finals saw the winner from each of that week's heats cook against each other, following a brief given by a famous food critic, with only the best chefs progressing to the semi-finals. Week one saw Grace Dent asking for a twist on a classic dessert, in week two William Sitwell wanted a dish that reminded the contestants of a fantastic holiday, while in week three Jay Rayner asked for a dish with roasted stone fruit at its heart and then in week four Grace Dent returned looking for dishes inspired by global street food.
What were last year's Masterchef restaurants?
As with previous years, the contestants visited several of the best restaurants in the
UK during the ‘real kitchen’ challenges and the finalists visited various international culinary hot
Fancy your own chances on Masterchef? Applications may have closed for the upcoming series but they will soon open for next year's series. Here's everything you need to know about applying.