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"MasterChef" sees amateur cooks competing to be crowned king or queen of all things culinary. It began in 1990 under the stewardship of Loyd Grossman and originally saw cooks preparing three-course meals in under two hours. To judge the offerings, Grossman was joined each week by a professional chef and a celebrity. Chef Gary Rhodes took over as presenter for one series in 2001. The format was re-hauled when it returned in 2005 as "MasterChef Goes Large" with John Torode and Greg Wallace as the two permanent judges. It reverted back to its original title in 2008. The brand has been expanded with spin-off shows "Celebrity MasterChef", "MasterChef the Professionals" and "Junior MasterChef"; and several foreign broadcasters have adapted the "MasterChef" format. The main series now requires contestants to compete in auditions for one of 20 places in the main competition. When the contest proper begins, the amateur cooks face elimination challenges that will see their number whittled down each week until only three remain. In the final, contestants are challenged to prepare three courses in three hours.


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