is a BBC
television cooking game show
. It initially ran from 1990 to 2001 and was later revived in a different format known as MasterChef Goes Large
from 2005 onwards. In 2008, the "Goes Large" part of the name was dropped, but the format remains identical. The revamped format was devised by Karen Ross and John Silver, who updated the original Franc Roddam
format. The series now appears in three versions: the main MasterChef
series, MasterChef: The Professionals
for working chefs, and Celebrity MasterChef
. All three versions have been commissioned up to and including 2011. A further version, Junior Masterchef
, for 10-to-12-year-olds, was also broadcast in 2010.
In the original series, three amateur cooks took part in each episode, with nine heats leading up to three semifinals and a final, in which they competed for the title of Masterchef
. Their task was to cook a gourmet, three-course meal in under two hours. Contestants could cook whatever they liked, though there was a price limit on ingredients. "Everyday" ingredients and equipment was provided for them, in addition to which they could bring in up to five "specialist" ingredients or utensils.
The first incarnation of the series was presented by Loyd Grossman
, who was joined each week by two guest judges, one a professional chef, the other a celebrity. Grossman and the guest judges discussed the menus, wandered around talking to the contestants, and finally ate... Read More