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John Torode and Gregg Wallace are looking for the country's next star chef. Those who make it through to the quarter-final must prove their knowledge and passion for food. The heats have produced four exceptional cooks, but only one of them will make it through today to become a semi-finalist. Initially named Masterchef Goes Large, the series changed it's name to Masterchef in 2008.

Genres: Food
Station: BBC One (UK)
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Status: Running
Start: 2005-02-21

MasterChef Season 12 Air Dates


S12E01 - Episode 1 Air Date: 23 March 2016 20:00 -

S12E02 - Episode 2 Air Date: 24 March 2016 20:00 -

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S12E03 - Episode 3 Air Date: 25 March 2016 20:30 -

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S12E04 - Episode 4 Air Date: 30 March 2016 19:00 -

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S12E05 - Episode 5 Air Date: 31 March 2016 19:00 -

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S12E06 - Episode 6 Air Date: 01 April 2016 19:00 -

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S12E07 - Episode 7 Air Date: 06 April 2016 19:00 -

S12E08 - Episode 8 Air Date: 07 April 2016 19:00 -

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S12E09 - Episode 9 Air Date: 08 April 2016 19:00 -

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S12E10 - Episode 10 Air Date: 13 April 2016 19:00 -

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It's the last week of the heats and the final group of amateurs battle for a place in the quarter final. Firstly they are asked to cook their Calling Card, a dish that represents who they are as a cook. John and Gregg each pick their favourite dish and two lucky cooks will go through to the second test. The remaining three contestants must decide whether to create a savoury dish using trout as the main ingredient or a sweet dish using blackberries as the central ingredient. They have one hour to create a dish that will earn them a place in the next round. One chef will be sent home. The four remaining cooks now have to cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some of MasterChef's most inspiring winners and finalists, who return to judge the food of this year's new contenders. John and Gregg will then decide which three contestants deserve to go through to Friday's quarter final.


S12E11 - Episode 11 Air Date: 14 April 2016 19:00 -

It's the last week of the heats and the final group of amateurs battle for a place in the quarter final. Firstly they are asked to cook their Calling Card, a dish that represents who they are as a cook. John and Gregg each pick their favourite dish and two lucky cooks will go through to the second test. The remaining three contestants must decide whether to create a savoury dish using lamb rump as the main ingredient or a sweet dish using mango as the central ingredient. They have one hour to create a dish that will earn them a place in the next round. One chef will be sent home. The four remaining cooks now have to cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some of MasterChef's most inspiring winners and finalists, who return to judge the food of this year's new contenders. John and Gregg will then decide which three contestants deserve to go through to Friday's quarter final.


S12E12 - Episode 12 Air Date: 15 April 2016 19:30 -

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It's the last quarter-final of the heats and the six talented heat winners have no time to rest on their laurels as they continue to fight for their place in the competition - and a place in knockout week. The week's best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics. Tonight's brief has been set by Jay Rayner. His challenge is for the amateur cooks to make an exceptional dish centered on one ingredient - duck breast. After cooking their dish based on this brief, the contestants must stand before Jay Rayner and John and Gregg, and hear what they think of their dish and how well they have kept to the brief. At the end of tonight's quarter-final, the best cooks will go through to knockout week, taking another step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2016.


S12E13 - Episode 13 Air Date: 18 April 2016 18:30 -

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After four weeks of fierce competition only the 14 best cooks remain, and the battle is on as they come together for the first time and cook off against each other across two shows. The amateurs are split into two groups - the red team and the blue team - with seven cooks in each. Each set of contestants faces a daunting cook-off based on a brief given by John and Gregg. Their challenge is to create one dish inspired by a family favourite or food from their childhood. Once both groups have finished cooking, John and Gregg decide who is good enough to continue in the competition. The red team are the first to cook. In one hour and 30 mins, they must deliver just one dish that stands out from the crowd and proves to the judges that they have a future in the competition. However, they won't find out their fate just yet, as they'll have to wait until the blue team have cooked before John and Gregg will choose who stays and who goes.


S12E14 - Episode 14 Air Date: 18 April 2016 19:30 -

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Knockout Week continues, as the 14 best amateur chefs continue to battle it out in a high pressured cook-off. With the red team already having cooked, it is now the turn of the blue team to face the same daunting challenge set by John and Gregg. Their brief is to create one dish inspired by a family favourite or food from their childhood. In one hour and 30 mins, they must deliver just one dish that stands out from the crowd, and proves to the judges that they have a future in the competition. John and Gregg must now make a difficult decision as they choose who has what it takes to continue in the competition and whose MasterChef journey is about to end. Who will crumble under the pressure and who will prove they have what it takes to take another precious step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2016?


S12E15 - Episode 15 Air Date: 20 April 2016 19:00 -

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Knockout Week continues, with the eleven remaining contestants facing a baptism of fire as they are split into two groups and tasked with running a professional lunchtime service on their own. In this episode, the first group heads to a London restaurant headed up by award-winning chef Stevie Parle. During a busy service, the five amateurs are responsible for serving up every dish on the menu to paying customers. Then it's back to MasterChef HQ for an Invention Test to show John and Gregg just what they have learnt. In a last-chance bid to stay in this year's competition, each contestant has to show they can invent an exceptional dish that is worthy of gracing the table of a professional restaurant. In an unexpected twist, the contestants discover that they not only have to present their food to John and Gregg, but also a guest judge who will be helping John and Gregg evaluate the five amateurs - the formidable Professional MasterChef judge, two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing.


S12E16 - Episode 16 Air Date: 21 April 2016 19:00 -

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Knockout Week continues, as the second group of amateurs get their first taste of professional cooking. They head to an award-winning modern Italian restaurant run by head chef Antonio Favuzzi. The contestants are responsible for serving up every dish on the menu for a busy lunch service. Afterwards, it's back to the MasterChef kitchen for an Invention Test to show John and Gregg just what they have learnt. In a last chance bid to stay in this year's competition, each amateur chef must demonstrate they can invent a dish from scratch that looks and tastes exceptional and is worthy of gracing the table of a professional restaurant. In an unexpected twist, the formidable Professional MasterChef judge, two Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing returns to help John and Gregg assess the six amateurs. After this, one of them will be going home. Who will crumble under the pressure and who will make it through to Friday's challenge - the gateway to this year's semi-finals?


S12E17 - Episode 17 Air Date: 22 April 2016 19:30 -

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Just nine amateur cooks remain as Knockout Week comes to a close, all of whom are desperate to reach the semi-finals. In this episode they have only one challenge: to cook one superb showstopper dish to wow the judges and secure their semi-final place. They have one and a half hours to create their masterpieces, and failure is not an option. Only the eight best amateurs will become semi-finalists, inching closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2016. For one more hopeful, the MasterChef dream will be over.


S12E18 - Episode 18 Air Date: 25 April 2016 19:30 -

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Forty amateur cooks have been whittled down to the most promising eight. It's the first of the semi-finals, and the eight best cooks come together to battle in a team challenge, the Relay Invention Test. Split into two teams of four, both groups must create two dishes between them; a main course based on lamb, and a dessert using pear as the main ingredient. Each team member has just 20 minutes to make their contribution to the dish, and they must do so without communicating with one another. It's vital the team leaves clues for each other, as each cook needs to decipher what the dish is supposed to be through the hints left behind.


S12E19 - Episode 19 Air Date: 27 April 2016 19:00 -

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The eight remaining best cooks in the competition head to the biggest naval base in Western Europe to embark on a special mission to serve lunch to members of the Royal Navy on board one of its longest serving ships, anti-submarine frigate HMS Northumberland. The semi-finalists face the enormous challenge of running their own kitchens in two specially constructed catering tents. Split into two teams of four, each team have to create two main courses and a dessert to feed 110 members of the ships company. After judging their food, John and Gregg pick the weakest team to return to the MasterChef kitchen, where they must cook-off against each other in a special Invention Test. One contestant goes home at the end.


S12E20 - Episode 20 Air Date: 28 April 2016 19:00 -

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As the semi-finals continue, seven remain in the competition, all fighting for a place in Finals Week. In this programme they have to pull out all the stops as they are tasked with the daunting challenge of cooking for some of the world's most celebrated restaurateurs. Travelling to London's fashionable Chelsea, the amateur chefs are thrown into service at the culinary landmark Bluebird where they take full control of its kitchens. The diners are all restaurateurs who are at the forefront of dining trends and have paved the way for culinary excellence, so their expectations are sky high. The contestants must each serve one dish of their own creation on the specially designed menu. The two chefs who cook the most popular dishes will be exempt from the next cook-off.


S12E21 - Episode 21 Air Date: 29 April 2016 19:30 -

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It's the last of the semi-finals and it's do or die for the best six amateurs. The contestants have just one challenge to win a place in the final five; to cook an outstanding dish to win-over four of the country's most feared restaurant critics - Charles Campion, Tracey MacLeod, Jay Rayner and William Sitwell. Serving food to these masters of the dining room is a daunting task for the most adept chefs, and these talented home cooks now have to put their skills and palates on the line.


S12E22 - Episode 22 Air Date: 02 May 2016 19:30 -

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It's the final week of MasterChef 2016, and the five remaining amateur cooks have an immense task ahead of them. In their first task, they have just four hours to cook a complex five-course dinner devised by trailblazing chef Michael O'Hare, which will then be served to five leading actresses of the stage and screen. Back at the MasterChef kitchen, the finalists are challenged to demonstrate everything they have learnt and create a dish inspired by something personal in their lives, showing imagination, flair and creativity. As the final five becomes the final four, the amateurs must push themselves to the limit to impress judges John and Greg.


S12E23 - Episode 23 Air Date: 04 May 2016 20:00 -

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Finals week continues as the final four talented amateur cooks embark on a culinary odyssey to Mexico, where they face three extraordinary challenges. The finalists are tasked with setting up a food stall in the heart of the market in Mexico City, using ingredients, cooking methods and equipment that are totally alien to them. Next, the amateurs have the honour of taking over lunch service at Pujol, a restaurant renowned for being the best in the country. Finally, the amateurs have the daunting challenge of creating an exceptional dinner at the British Embassy for some of the leading figures in Mexico's cultural and food communities. Inspired by their Mexican culinary adventure, and showcasing the skills they've developed through their entire MasterChef journey, the final four's dishes must be truly exceptional for them to stand out and prove they have what it takes to be crowned MasterChef champion.


S12E24 - Episode 24 Air Date: 05 May 2016 19:00 -

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The final amateur cooks face their most iconic and terrifying challenge yet - The Chef's Table. The contestants must cook a three-course menu designed by culinary talent Daniel Humm, which they will serve to a table of the country's finest chefs. Only three of the remaining four amateurs will be able to take part, and the contestants are challenged to cook a classic dish with their stamp on it to win their place. Failure to impress means being sent home, and for the remaining cooks, a mammoth task lies ahead. With the final just around the corner, it's their last chance to prove they have what it takes to lift the MasterChef trophy.


S12E25 - Episode 25 Air Date: 06 May 2016 19:30 -

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It's the MasterChef final. After a formidable seven-week competition, the search for the country's best amateur cook reaches its climax. The finalists must push themselves to the limit one last time before John Torode and Gregg Wallace crowns one of the three highly talented cooks as the champion. In this final challenge, the finalists must pull out all the stops, show everything they have learned, and demonstrate what sort of cook they have become. They have three hours to produce three exceptional courses, push the culinary boundaries and give the judges an awe-inspiring tasting like never before. At the end of the challenge, one of the finalists will lift the trophy and become the 12th MasterChef champion.


S12E26 - Series 12, Show 26 Air Date: 19 February 2008 21:00 -

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S12E27 - Series 12, Show 27 Air Date: 20 February 2008 21:00 -

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S12E28 - Series 12, Show 28 Air Date: 21 February 2008 21:00 -

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S12E29 - Series 12, Show 29 Air Date: 25 February 2008 21:00 -

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S12E30 - Series 12, Show 30 Air Date: 26 February 2008 21:00 -

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S12E31 - Series 12, Show 31 Air Date: 27 February 2008 21:00 -

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S12E32 - Series 12, Show 32 Air Date: 28 February 2008 21:00 -

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MasterChef Actors

India Fisher(Narrator)

Gregg Wallace(Host)

John Torode(Host)



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