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EVERYONE’S favourite cooking show is soon returning to the small screen.
MasterChef 2021 will begin on March 1.
MasterChef returns on March 1Credit: BBC
When does MasterChef 2021 start on TV?
The MasterChef 2021 series, which is the 17th installment of the popular show, begins on March 1 at 9pm.
The show will air on BBC One as always and will be available on BBC iPlayer.
The first week of episodes will air on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Who are the MasterChef 2021 contestants?
As of yet, the lineup hasn’t been revealed.
However, the BBC said to RadioTimes that 40 contestants will be battling it out this series.
Gregg Wallace says they’re a strong group of cooks, potentially raising the game of the meals whipped up this year.
“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 will 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.
It’s been confirmed that some of these guests will include former champions Thomas Frake, Saliha Mahmoud Ahmed, Ping Coombes and Kenny Tutt, plus Grace Dent who is a professional food critic.
How will MasterChef 2021 work?
The format for this year will be almost identical to previous years, with contestants competing in heats.
However, this series was filmed with covid-19 restrictions in place so contestants couldn’t touch and the dynamics were shifted.
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.
The length of this series of MasterChef hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s expected to air over six weeks.