Series 15: 8. Episode 8

In this episode, seven more amateurs try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the 2019 MasterChef champion.

This year sees the return of the MasterChef Market, stocked full of the best-quality produce from across the world including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses, grains and dairy. The challenge is to invent and then cook one dish using anything from the market. This time the featured ingredients include smoked haddock, lemon sole, fresh crab, calves liver and turkey breast. They have an hour and ten minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough to stay in the competition. The stakes are high in this round and it’s important to choose wisely, because after tasting all seven dishes John and Gregg decide which four cooks are good enough to stay, while three cooks are sent straight home.

The four remaining cooks now have one more challenge standing between them and a quarter-final place. They must cook an impressive menu that will excite not just John and Gregg but also some very special guests. In this heat the contestants must attempt to impress 2016 MasterChef champion Jane Devonshire (2016) and finalists Jack Lucas (2014) and Larkin Cen (2013).

After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg decide who has what it takes to go through to the quarter-final. In a competition where only the food matters, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef champion 2019.