Look who’s coming back to MasterChef

This year's series sees previous winners and finalists return to judge the contestant's food in its tenth anniversary year


MasterChef returns tomorrow, Wednesday 26th March, and revealing a new twist in the format the show has released this picture:


Yes, that is a jam-packed room of MasterChef champions and finalists with judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. And, kicking off ten years of the show, they’re all back to help judge this year’s batch of contestants. 

In fact, getting past three of the returning MasterChef-ers will be the last step towards the Quarter Finals for the competitors. 

There’s plenty of familiar faces back in the MC kitchen in all. And if you need a nudge to remember their names, here’s a rather handy check list:

L – R (standing):  Thomasina Miers (2005 Champion), Jonny Stevenson (2008 Finalist), Hannah Miles (2007 Finalist), Mat Follas (2009 Champion), Andy Oliver (2009 Finalist),  Tim Anderson (2011 Champion), Sara Danesin Medio (2011 Finalist), Tom Whittaker (2011 Finalist), Jackie Kearney (2011 Semi Finalist),  Andrew Kojima (2012 Finalist), Shelina Permalloo (2012 Champion) and Dale Williams (2013 Finalist).

L – R (Sitting):  Peter Bayless (2006 Champion),  James Nathan (2008 Champion),  Dean Edwards (floor, 2006 Finalist), Daksha Mistry (2006 finalist), Chris Gates (2009 Finalist), Dhruv Baker (2010 Champion), John Torode (standing, Judge), Gregg Wallace (standing, Judge), Alex Rushmer (2010 Finalist), Tim Kinnaird (2010 Finalist), Natalie Coleman (2013 Champion), Tom Reynolds (2012 Finalist), Larkin Cen (2013 Finalist). 

Tomorrow night’s first episode will see the first MasterChef Champion Thomasina Miers join 2008 winner James Nathan and 2010 finalist Alex Rushmer to give their verdict.  

And that’s not all. Another change will see each chef given the choice of two sealed boxes for the Invention Test (where they must create a recipe from unknown ingredients) – one sweet and one savoury. 

As ever, once whittled down for the final week’s challenges, the standout chefs will face all sorts of daunting tasks. This includes catering for 120 cast and crew members of EastEnders in Albert Square as well as cooking at Anne Boleyn’s childhood home for top historians Mary Beard OBE, Lucy Worsley and Horrible Histories author Terry Deary. 

24 episodes, 8 weeks… that’s a lot of top-notch cooking to sink our teeth into. 

See MasterChef tomorrow at 9pm on BBC1