Global phenomenon MasterChef is set for a stellar 20th series this Spring - starting on BBC One from 1st April 2024. MasterChef UK judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace embark on an exhilarating journey across eight weeks, to discover the UK’s best amateur cook, one plate at a time. This series will be serving up surprises and extra special occasions along the way as it marks 20 years of celebrating and supporting the country’s burgeoning culinary talent.


"I can hardly believe that we are into the 20th series of this unbelievably brilliant show." said MasterChef UK judge John Torode. "It’s such a point of pride and celebration. This year is so exciting, with tough tests, incredible challenges and passionate cooks – as always."

"Twenty years on, MasterChef continues to show if you have a dream, just go for it! The competition gets stronger and more exciting every year. I believe food brings people together and every year we’re fortunate enough to be able to help incredibly talented, hard-working people realise their dream and indulge themselves in the joy that is MasterChef."

"Thanks for watching me and Mr Wallace. I hope you enjoy watching this 20th series as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. Maybe it could be you next year... don’t be shy, apply!”


“This is when the wave of ambition hits the rock of reality for these amateur cooks" said MasterChef UK judge Gregg Wallace. This show means business and we’re so lucky to be able to see the level of cooking inch higher and higher each year."

"2024 will be a celebration of the talent emerging from the country’s home kitchens – this year and from our time on MasterChef so far – I cannot wait. John and I are so happy to be part of a wonderful MasterChef community and, each series, welcome new ambitious cooks to show us what they can do.”

Fifty-eight passionate and talented hopeful chefs start the competition from all walks of life, such as a farmer, archaeologist and musical director. With contestants hailing from across the UK – from Dorset to Sunderland, the Scottish Borders and North Wales, and bringing their food and cultural heritage to the table, the judges can expect a diverse explosion of flavours.

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The new MasterChef series starts Monday 1st April on BBC One, or watch on catchup on the BBC iPlayer