MasterChef UK

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7:00pm Monday, December 20 on TV One

A plumber, a soldier, a paediatrician, a PA and an ad man – who can prove they have the skill, passion, creativity and commitment to win the coveted crown of MasterChef UK?

Discerning judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back to put more undiscovered chefs through a series of increasingly difficult tasks in the ultimate amateur cooking show.

From thousands of applicants from around the UK, 136 have been chosen to go through to the heats. There are six contestants in each heat and Series 6 promises its fair share of characters and experimental cooks.

Viewers share the highs and lows of their favourites as the contest progresses. It’s an enormous learning curve, and only the truly extraordinary will survive.

As usual, the heats consist of the infamous Invention Test (60 minutes to cook one exceptional dish from a mystery list of ingredients), the Pressure Test (working a busy lunch service at a top London restaurant) and the Final Test (creating a two-course meal in an hour). The contestants may think they have performed well, but watching and waiting for John and Gregg’s judgement is an excruciating experience.

Other challenges in the series include; a Palate Test (recognising ingredients from a dish cooked by chef John Torode); preparing a banquet at the Tower of London; a gruelling three-day challenge in the Rajasthan Desert in India including cooking for a Maharajah; running their own restaurant in the UK; and cooking for one of the world’s greatest living chefs, Alain Ducasse.