Masterchef heats up for big final


Masterchef: The Finals

(Friday, May 16, BBC 1, 8.30pm)

If Nigella’s cooking techniques leave you feeling as sickly sweet as the homemade treacle sponge she lovingly paws over, and the military-style commands of Gordon’s kitchen quite frankly leave you cold, there’s good news for the domestic bods among us - MasterChef is about to launch another eager amateur chef upon us, and perhaps it’ll be their cookbooks we’re buying as Christmas presents this year.

Okay, we might be getting a bit ahead of ourselves there (it’s not even summer yet, after all), but whoever is crowned champion in tonight’s final, we can at least rest assured they’ve been brought up to scratch by some of the best in the business. Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace take no prisoners.

This final is tougher than ever, and if the contestants are feeling nervous, they ought to be. After a formidable eight-week competition, the three finalists must push themselves to the limit for one last time, before John and Gregg crown their champion. But just how much have they learned? We’ll soon find out, as they have three hours to demonstrate what sort of cooks they have become.

Look Out For: The high standards expected.