MasterChef

MasterChef returns for 16th series

Another 60 contestants will battle it out with their utensils over the space of eight gruelling weeks, as judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace search for the UK’s best amateur cook.

The competition begins with five weeks of heats featuring two brand new challenges. The contestants will need to bring ingredients from home to cook their Signature Dish in the first round, with the best two heading straight through to the third.

Sound masterclass with Matt Bacon and Kate Davis

Matt Bacon and Kate Davis (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Davis received a Bafta nomination this year for her work on the BBC Four documentary Amy Winehouse: Back to Black. Bacon specialises in formatted and entertainment series such as Channel 5 reality show The Bachelor and the BBC’s Masterchef.

Who's who in Celebrity MasterChef 2019

Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Joey Essex, Oti Mabuse and Andy Grant (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Adam Woodyatt


Adam Woodyatt (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Best known for playing Ian Beale in EastEnders, award-winning actor Adam Woodyatt will swap Albert Square for the MasterChef kitchen.

The joy of food programmes

The Great British Bake Off 2018 winner Rahul Mandal (Credit: Channel 4)

With 87 days’ worth of cookery shows airing during the past year on UK terrestrial television – made up of 410 unique titles – the RTS event “Why we love… food” was appositely named.

Revealing the facts to an audience hungry for knowledge about the genre, Pritesh Mody, founder of artisan food producer World of Zing, chaired the late-May event on the day it emerged that Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant chain had gone into administration.

Why We Love…Food

Tanya Shaw, Melissa Hemsley, Pritesh Mody, Nisha Katona, Sarah Lazenby (Credit: Phil Lewis/RTS)

Speaking at RTS event Why We Love…Food Channel 4 head of features and formats Sarah Lazenby said she had a meeting on Tuesday about the children’s version of the hit series, Great British Bake Off, which has followed its parent to the commercial broadcaster.

When asked how Channel 4 would make Junior Bake Off its own, Lazenby said “We’re really excited that’s coming to us. Obviously we’re not a children’s broadcaster…16-34 year olds is our target but…there’s a format that’s there but there’s also a Channel 4 tone.”

UKTV sends Masterchef's John Torode to Asia

John Torode’s Asia sees the TV chef embark on an incredible culinary adventure across the continent. In each of the locations, Torode seeks out local culinary experts and explores the tasty offerings of each of the regions. Along the way he visits the largest free kitchen in the world, learns what goes into cooking a Peking Duck, and spends time with a traditional Maldivian family.