Celebrity MasterChef UK Season 18 Episode 01 Description
Celebrity MasterChef is back on BBC One for its 18th series as the who’s who of music, comedy, drama and show business battle it out to become 2023 Champion.
Across six weeks, judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace will put their taste buds through a sensory assault course as they discover which celebrities have the palate and skill to chop, slice and sizzle their way to the iconic trophy.
It’s the start of the Celebrity MasterChef heats, and this week, the first five celebrities up for the culinary challenge are broadcaster and reality star Dani Dyer, actor James Buckley, comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke, TV personality Mica Ven and TV and radio personality Richie Anderson.
The first challenge for the five hopefuls is Under the Cloche. In front of each celebrity is a cloche, each concealing a different ingredient. With access to a larder, the celebrities must create one plate of food showcasing their ingredient. With tensions running high and just over an hour to create their dish from scratch, the contestants must think on their feet to impress the judges.
In the final test of culinary creativity, the celebrities are asked to prepare their dinner party dishes in just one hour and fifteen minutes. The celebrities work furiously in a final attempt to prove themselves to John and Gregg. At the end of this test, one of them will be going home.
Who can handle the pressure and show the judges they have the skills, creativity and flair to progress in the competition?
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Celebrity MasterChef UK Show Summary
MasterChef is a competitive cooking show produced by Endemol Shine UK and Banijay and broadcast in 60 countries around the world. In the UK, it is produced by the BBC. The show initially ran from 1990 to 2001 and was revived in 2005 as MasterChef Goes Large. The revival featured a new format devised by Franc Roddam and John Silver, with Karen Ross producing. In 2008, the name was changed back to MasterChef but the format remained unchanged.
The series currently appears in four versions: the main MasterChef series; Celebrity MasterChef; MasterChef: The Professionals, with working chefs; and Junior MasterChef, with children between the ages of nine and twelve. The format and style of the show have been reproduced around the world in various international versions.
Each series is broadcast on five nights a week for eight weeks. During the first six weeks, the first four episodes of each week are heats and the fifth episode is a quarter-final. Six contestants enter each heat and the winner becomes a quarter-finalist. At the end of each week, the four quarter-finalists compete and a semi-finalist is chosen. After six weeks, the six semi-finalists compete in the final two weeks.
In 2010, the judges were given more flexibility, allowing them to advance more than one contestant to the quarter-finals or, in one instance, none at all. Series 7 of Master Chef had auditions with a format similar to The X Factor, in which hopeful chefs cooked in front of the judges to secure a spot in the competition. More than 20,000 people applied to audition for the series.
The heats follow a three-round format:
The Market Test: the contestants must invent a dish using ingredients from the show’s market. They have 15 minutes to select ingredients and 1 hour and 10 minutes to cook the meal. Three contestants are eliminated from the competition and those remaining advance to the Impression Test.
The Calling Card: the contestants must invent a dish from scratch in 75 minutes (originally 40 minutes until 2009). The contestants can choose any ingredients they like.
The Invention Test: the contestants are given two boxes: one with sweet items and the other with savoury items. They must pick a box and make a dish using its ingredients within 75 minutes.
The Impression Test: the contestants must cook a two-course meal in 75 minutes for past winners and finalists of MasterChef. They are given one hour to serve the main course and 15 minutes afterwards to serve dessert. This segment was first featured in 2017.
The format of the quarter-finals has changed over the years. Before 2010, the format featured three rounds:
The Ingredients Test: the contestants were asked to identify a selection of ingredients or produce.
The Passion Test: the contestants each had one minute to convince the judges of their overwhelming passion for food.
After eliminating one contestant, the remaining three quarter-finalists each produced a three-course meal in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
In 2010, the quarter-final format was cut to two rounds:
The Choice Test: the contestants were given 15 minutes to cook their choice of either a pre-selected fish recipe or meat recipe with the judges supervising. At least one contestant was eliminated after this round.
The remaining quarter-finalists each produced a two-course meal in one hour.
The current quarter-final format consists of two rounds:
The Palate Test: Judge John Torode cooks a dish for the contestants, and they must identify the ingredients and try to recreate the dish using the ingredients available to them.
The Choice Test: the contestants have 80 minutes to create a showstopping dish for the judges and a special celebrity food critic.
The sixth week is called “Comeback Week” and features contestants from previous series of MasterChef who did not advance past the heats or quarter-finals. The format changes for this special week. It includes:
The Skill Test: the contestants have 25 minutes to cook one of two pre-selected recipes. Some contestants may be eliminated after this round.
The Palate Test: Torode cooks a complex dish and asks the contestants one by one to taste the dish and identify its ingredients. Some contestants may be eliminated after this round.
The Pressure Test: the contestants work a lunchtime shift at a busy restaurant under the supervision of a professional chef who comments on their performance.
The remaining contestants have one hour to cook a two-course meal. One contestant is selected to advance to the quarter-final.
The comeback quarter-finalists then cook head-to-head in a larger version of the Invention Test, cooking one dish in an hour. One contestant is selected to advance to the semi-finals.