MasterChef 2024: Everything you need to know about series 20

MasterChef 2024: Everything you need to know about series 20

MasterChef 2024: Everything you need to know about series 20

by Great British Chefs15 April 2024

MasterChef is back on our screens for its twenty-year anniversary and there are some special treats in store to celebrate the occasion. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the latest series

MasterChef 2024: Everything you need to know about series 20

MasterChef is back on our screens for its twenty-year anniversary and there are some special treats in store to celebrate the occasion. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the latest series

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews as well as access to some of Britain’s greatest chefs. Our posts cover everything we are excited about from the latest openings and hottest food trends to brilliant new producers and exclusive chef interviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews as well as access to some of Britain’s greatest chefs. Our posts cover everything we are excited about from the latest openings and hottest food trends to brilliant new producers and exclusive chef interviews.

It's been well over six months now since a MasterChef series graced our TV screens, so we wouldn't blame you if you were starting to long for a new one! Luckily, a brand-new series of regular MasterChef has now started and it's back with a bang, celebrating its twenty-year anniversary. And yes, that means that the duo of Gregg Wallace and John Torode have been judging amateur cooks in one of television's hardest fought competitions for close to two decades...

To mark this huge milestone of twenty series, MasterChef has pulled out all of the stops in 2024, with an all-star list of past winners and finalists returning throughout the series, a legendary London restaurant hosting the revered Chef's Table round, and an incredible trip to Singapore for the finalists. With so much to look forward to, we're sure you're dying to get stuck into series twenty. That's why we've answered all your questions below, so you know what to expect, and most importantly when to have the TV on.

We'll be regularly updating this page, so make sure to keep checking back!

When does MasterChef 2024 start?

The new series of MasterChef began on Monday 1st April. Three episodes will air each week for a total of eight weeks. Airing days vary week-to-week so make sure to check the BBC schedule.

What channel is MasterChef 2024 on?

Series twenty of MasterChef is airing on BBC One.

When is the MasterChef final?

Although the official date of the MasterChef 2024 final is yet to be confirmed, based on previous years, we expect it to air on Thursday 23rd May 2024.

Who are the MasterChef 2024 judges?

Returning for the twentieth series, John Torode and Gregg Wallace will be judging the amateur chefs as normal. However, you can expect a number of guest judges throughout the series too, including many familiar faces from previous series.

Judge John Torode has said to the BBC: "I can hardly believe that we are into the 20th series of this unbelievably brilliant show. It’s such a point of pride and celebration. 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."

Who are the MasterChef 2024 contestants?

A total of fifty-eight talented amateur chefs are be taking part in MasterChef 2024. We'll be updating this list of the contestants taking part as it's announced each week, along with who progresses each week, so avoid reading the results if you don't want any spoilers!

Week 1 contestants
Heat 1 - from left to right: Hope, Matt, Fateha, Cirilo, Muir, Brin
Heat 1 - from left to right: Jerome, Rana, Sidney, Louise, Peter, Olivia
Week 1 results

After taking part in a brand-new Basic to Brilliant challenge, which saw contestants have to take an everyday ingredient and turn it into something spectacular, the amateur chefs then had to take part in an invention test. The final task of each heat saw the remaining chefs cook for former MasterChef finalists and winners. Hope, Fateha and Brin progressed to the Quarter Finals from Heat 1, whilst Louise, Olivia and Jerome progressed from Heat 2.

In the first quarter final, the contestants were set a task by critic William Sitwell to create a plate of food inspired by school dinners. After a hard-fought round, Hope, Brin, Louise and Olivia all progressed to Knockout Week, as Greg and John couldn't pick between them!

Week 2 contestants
Heat 3 - from left to right: Shreya, Enya, Saffron, Charlie, Pete, Lee
Heat 4 - from left to right: Haddy, Mathu, Steve, Chaz, Penny, Aaron
Week 2 results

Following the Basic to Brilliant challenge, invention tests centered around floating islands and quails respectively, and having to cook for former MasterChef contestants, Shreya, Pete and Lee progressed from Heat 3, with Haddy, Aaron and Lee winning Heat 4.

The six of them then cooked against each other in the second Quarter Final. Critic Jay Rayner tasked them each to prepare a perfect pie, with Haddy, Aaron and Lee impressing him the most and winning their places in Knockout Week.

What will the challenges be on MasterChef 2024?

We've been promised both old favourites and new challenges on series twenty of MasterChef. During the heats and quarter finals, contestants will have to rise to the challenge of the infamous invention test, cook for former MasterChef winners, and undertake tasks set by the UK's toughest critics. The semi-finalists will then need to tackle a mass-catering challenge, a challenge set by one of the world's most renowned open fire chefs Niklas Ekstedt and more. Only the finalists will then have the chance to travel out to Singapore for a series of three challenges, before cooking at the famous Chef's Table. The final three contestants will then cook one last three-course menu for Gregg and John, as they battle it out for the trophy.