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 2016’s MasterChef finalists Jack Layer and Billy wright and 2011 contestant Elizabeth Haigh, who went on to win a Michelin Star.

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 seven


Samira, aged 53. She has worked in the charity industry for over 25 years.

Signature Dish: Roast chicken in a chocolate and spiced marinade, served with a sweetcorn pancakes, roasted carrots and a chocolate sauce.

John’s chicken was unfortunately ‘dry and overcooked‘, and found the ‘savoury dish almost too much like a dessert‘.

Gregg had never tasted anything like Samira’s dish before, but just wished too see ‘more from the cook in the time given to show more knowledge and skill‘.