In the first opening heat, each chef will have an hour and 10 minutes to win over John Torode and Gregg Wallace. The cooks will have to prove themselves to be worthy in this round because after the judges have tasted all 7 dishes, John and Gregg will decide which 4 cooks are good enough to stay and which 3 cooks will be sent straight home.

The 4 remaining cooks will face one more challenge before heading to the quarter-finals. They must cook 2 courses that will excite both John and Gregg, but also some of MasterChef’s most-inspiring winners, finalists and contestants who have all gone to work in the food industry.

In this heat, the contestants must attempt to impress Masterchef champion’s Shelina Permallo (2012) and Mat Follas (2009) and finalist Dean Edwards (2006).

After all 4 contestants have cooked, the judges will decide which 3 cooks deserve to take the next step in the competition and go through to the quarter-finals.

Lets meet and see how the chefs got on, in episode ten


Lewis, aged 35. Taught to cook by his Caribbean father and now enjoys to cook with his 3 children.

Signature Dish: Turmeric and paprika spiced duck leg with mash potato, green beans and mushrooms served with a chilli and orange sauce.

John was upset that skin wasn’t crispy, the sauce was ‘overpowered by orange‘ and the combination of duck and mash potato.

Gregg would have liked the duck a ‘bit pinker‘, but enjoyed the sauce, although ‘wasn’t convinced with the flavour combination of orange and mash potato’.


Amal, aged 37. Works as a private bank executive and was taught to cook by her grandmother when she was 8 years old.

Signature Dish: Lamb meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce with mustard and cardamom seed rice and a green chilli lemon and garlic sauce.

John explained the elements of her dish that he really enjoyed and finished by saying the dish was ‘really good‘.

Gregg was extremely happy with the cooks flavours.