Masterchef to try some new in­gre­di­ents

The Scotsman - - Features - robert dex

TV BOSSES have cooked up a plan to spice up a long-run­ning cook­ery pro­gramme.

Am­a­teur chefs will now be asked to pass an au­di­tion – judged by hosts John Torode and Gregg Wal­lace – to qual­ify for the new se­ries of MasterChef.

The 20 best cooks will get to don the MasterChef apron and show off their skills in a new and big­ger kitchen.

It means an end to the tra­di­tional for­mat, which saw the cooks com­pete against each other in a se­ries of heats to get to the next stage of the show.

Shine TV ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor Karen Ross said: “Al­though we have al­ways en­joyed the six weeks of heat shows to se­lect the fi­nal eight semi-fi­nal­ists, we are very ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to start with a smaller group of cooks and fol­low them across the se­ries.

“It will al­low view­ers to see more devel­op­ment of the con­tes­tants and en­joy an en­tire se­ries of chal­lenges that up un­til now have only been pos­si­ble in the last two weeks of the semi­fi­nal and fi­nal rounds.”

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