John Torode calls MasterChef 2016 “the most extraordinary year for new ingredients and new things”

Even the professional chef says the contestants are keeping him on his toes

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It’s set to get really hot in the kitchen as MasterChef judge John Torode reveals this year’s contestants have cranked things up a notch, going above and beyond what we’ve seen in past series.

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“This year is the most extraordinary year for new ingredients and new things,” Torode told RadioTimes.com of the show’s twelfth run at last night’s National Television Awards.

“We’ve never seen so many new techniques and new ingredients ever,” he confessed. Foams, freeze drying, bonkers flavour combinations… goodness only knows what dishes will be popped up for tasting this year.  

In fact, Torode admits they’re even surprising him. “They’re keeping me on my toes. It’s good fun,” he said.

Torode is back in the kitchen with fellow judge Gregg Wallace and says with filming underway we can look forward to the show coming back in spring.

As long as all these fancy techniques don’t deprive Wallace of a good pud, all should be OK, right? 

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MasterChef returns later this year on BBC1