MasterChef continues its eighth series, as more fantastically talented amateur cooks put their culinary skills to the test and take a shot at lifting the coveted MasterChef Champion title. The contestants have been battling to stay in the MasterChef competition, and now only the best nine remain.
In this episode, judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace apply the pressure by giving last week's losing team a chance to redeem themselves. The team must once again survive the world of mass catering, and this time the five contestants have to prepare lunch for a massive 350 hungry factory workers. With the clock ticking, they have just 20 minutes to design their menu and only two and a half hours to create over 100 portions each of two tasty and satisfying meat dishes, and one substantial vegetarian option. Can the contestants work together as a team and prove they have what it takes this time, or will the pressure of cooking in volume be their undoing once more?
The remaining contestants must then return to the MasterChef kitchen to do battle as individuals. The cooks have just one daunting challenge to ensure their place in the competition - to make a show-stopping dish for judges John and Gregg. With only one hour and 30 minutes to deliver a simply sublime dish bursting with skill, flair, flavour, and presentation, the stakes are high for the contestants. They will have to cook their socks off to show John and Gregg that they still deserve a place in the competition.
Only the best cooks will survive and become one step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2012.