The BEST Episodes of MasterChef

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Network: BBC One

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 its name to MasterChef in 2008.

Episode 19

#1 - Episode 19

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 17, 2005

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 20

#2 - Episode 20

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 18, 2005

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 20

#3 - Episode 20

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 17, 2006

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 20

#4 - Episode 20

Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 2013

In this last semi-final, the four remaining contestants have two and a half hours to produce their best three-course menu. for a restaurant full of the country's most revered food critics.

star 9.33
3 votes
Episode 16

#5 - Episode 16

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 14, 2005

star 9.00
2 votes
Episode 17

#6 - Episode 17

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 15, 2005

star 9.00
1 votes
Episode 10

#7 - Episode 10

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 4, 2013

The Invention and Palate Tests (seafood chowder and soda bread) eliminate two cooks from the next set of hppefuls. The survivors join a busy lunch time service in London's Brasserie Joel, then cook two of their own courses to impress John and Gregg.

star 9.00
1 votes
Episode 22

#8 - Episode 22

Season 9 - Episode 22 - Aired May 1, 2013

The Final Three face an epic invention test and then their penultimate and most terrifying challenge yet, cooking an exquisite three-course menu, designed by two-Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, for a table of the county's finest three-star chefs.

star 9.00
1 votes
Episode 15

#9 - Episode 15

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 17, 2013

It's knockout week and the surviving chefs compete for a place in the semi-final. The first group of six cook lunch for over 200 British Airways' maintenance employees. Then it's back to MasterChef HQ to show what they have learned. The weakest individuals of the day must face each other in an invention cook-off.

star 8.67
3 votes
Episode 23

#10 - Episode 23

Season 14 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 11, 2018

Finals Week continues, and just four cooks remain. Now they embark on a culinary adventure of a lifetime to Peru. Over the last decade, Lima, the capital, has led a food revolution that has popularised Peruvian cuisine around the world. Here the finalists face three challenges, guided by two of Peru's most acclaimed chefs. The first challenge takes place in Lima's major fish market Chorillos, where, in teams of two, they are tasked with recreating four popular iconic Peruvian dishes to serve to a group of local fishermen. To help the finalists make sense of this unfamiliar cuisine, they are mentored by one of Peru's most prolific and celebrated chefs, Gaston Acurio. Next, the amateurs have the honour of working with chef Virgilio Martinez. His world-renowned restaurant Central is known for its unique menu which offers diners a taste of the incredible biodiversity found at different Peruvian altitudes. The four contestants work during a busy lunch service at Central and are given three hours to each cook a dish from Virgilio's 17-course tasting menu. Virgilio's cooking is precise and his standards exacting, so there is no room for error. Finally, the finalists face the daunting challenge of creating a special dinner at the Lima Country Club Hotel for Gaston, Virgilio and three other leading industry figures from the Peruvian food scene - Roberto Grau, Pia Leon and Malena Martinez. The amateur cooks must draw on their experiences of Lima to create their own Peruvian-inspired dish and impress their high-profile guests.

star 8.67
15 votes
Episode 3

#11 - Episode 3

Season 13 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 31, 2017

It is the first quarter-final of the series, and the six cooks face a seriously daunting test set by one of the country's toughest food critics. This episode's brief has been set by journalist and broadcaster Amol Rajan, and the contestants must cook either a savoury dish using Indian spices or a chocolate dessert with a playful twist. After cooking their dish, the contestants must stand before Amol Rajan, John and Gregg to hear what they think of their dish and how well they have kept to the brief. At the end of the quarter-final, the best cooks are put through to Knockout Week, taking another step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2017.

star 8.63
8 votes
Episode 13

#12 - Episode 13

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 9, 2005

star 8.50
2 votes
Episode 9

#13 - Episode 9

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 3, 2013

The penultimate heat week begins, as five more amateur cooks battle against each other. First, they must hold their nerve in the infamous Invention Test, where they have just one hour to cook an exceptional dish from scratch. They must then survive the extremely tricky Palate Test, a brand new MasterChef challenge which sees John demonstrate a chicken pot pie with coleslaw. Without seeing the demo, the amateurs are given just a few minutes to taste this dish before being asked to write down exactly what is in it, using their sense of smell and palate. Then they are asked to recreate John's dish in just one hour - without a recipe. At the end of these two challenges, for two contestants it is the end of the road. The remaining three are then thrown into a busy lunchtime service in London's Bistro 51 and, after just an hour of learning the ropes, the home-cooks are set loose to prepare dishes for paying customers. Finally, it's back to the MasterChef kitchen for the final test of tonight's Heat show - cooking their own two brilliant courses to impress John and Gregg. The contestants must draw on all their skills and influences as they prepare this food, because it is their last chance to win a place in the quarter-finals. Only the best will survive, taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2013.

star 8.50
2 votes
Episode 12

#14 - Episode 12

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 10, 2013

Five amateur cooks battle against each other as the final week of heats begins. First, they must hold their nerve in the Invention Test, where they have just one hour to cook an exceptional dish from scratch. No-one goes home after this, because they must next survive the extremely tricky Palate Test, which sees chef John Torode demonstrate a beef stir-fry with choy sum and peanuts. Without seeing the demo, the amateurs are given just a few minutes to taste this dish before being asked to write down exactly what it is in it, using their sense of smell, and palate. Then they are asked to recreate John's dish in just one hour - without a recipe. At the end of these two challenges, for two contestants it is the end of the road. The remaining three are then thrown into a busy lunchtime service in The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant and, after just an hour of learning the ropes, the home-cooks are set loose to prepare dishes for paying customers. Finally, it is back to the MasterChef kitchen for the final test of the heat show - cooking their own two brilliant courses to impress John and Gregg. The contestants must draw on all their skills and influences as they prepare this food, because it is their last chance to win a place in the quarter-finals.

star 8.50
2 votes
Episode 14

#15 - Episode 14

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 12, 2013

In the last quarter-final, the best chefs of the week cook their best two courses for John and Gregg and three MasterChef champions Thomasina Miers, Peter Bayless, and Mat Follas.

star 8.50
2 votes
Episode 16

#16 - Episode 16

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 18, 2013

Knockout week continues as the second group of six cook lunch for 200 firefighters. Then, it is back to MasterChef HQ to show what they have learned. The weakest individual cooks of the day must face each other in an invention cook-off.

star 8.50
2 votes
Episode 25

#17 - Episode 25

Season 14 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 13, 2018

It's the MasterChef final. After an arduous seven-week journey, the search for the country's best amateur cook reaches its climax. The finalists have to push themselves to the limit for one last time before judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace crown one of the three talented cooks the champion. This is their final chance to pull out all the stops and show everything they have learned along the way, and in three hours demonstrate the kind of cook they have become. They must produce the best three dishes of their lives, push their culinary boundaries and produce jaw-droppingly good food for the judges. It's now or never for these exceptional amateur cooks as only one of them can lift the trophy and become the fourteenth MasterChef champion.

star 8.49
47 votes
Episode 25

#18 - Episode 25

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Feb 18, 2008

It’s the first semi final and six hopefuls are back. Two will be sent home. The contestants are challenged to create a dish using chicken.

star 8.44
9 votes
Episode 22

#19 - Episode 22

Season 13 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2017

It is the final week of MasterChef 2017, and the remaining five amateur cooks travel to Winfield House, the official residence of the American ambassador to the United Kingdom. They have the immense task of cooking for him and his five guests, who include author and journalist Rachel Johnson, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Jeremy King, creator of iconic restaurants The Ivy and The Wolseley. The dinner is overseen by Paul Ainsworth. He has designed a five-course menu for the guests with an American theme, and with just four hours to replicate his complex dishes, the amateurs are challenged like never before. Back at the MasterChef kitchen, the finalists are then challenged to demonstrate everything they've learnt and create a dish inspired by something personal in their lives that shows imagination, flair and creativity. Who can make it through to the final four and keep their dream alive of winning MasterChef 2017?

star 8.43
7 votes
Episode 4

#20 - Episode 4

Season 14 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 5, 2018

It's the second week of heats, and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. This year sees the return of the MasterChef Market, stocked full of the best-quality produce from across the world. The challenge is to invent and then cook one dish using anything from the market. The featured ingredients include venison, chicken, parma ham, sea bream and pollock, and the contestants have an hour and ten minutes to dazzle the judges. After tasting all seven dishes, John and Gregg decide which four cooks are good enough to stay, while three are sent home. The four remaining cooks must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg but also some very special guests - 2015's MasterChef finalists Tony Rodd and Emma Spitzer and champion Simon Wood. After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg decide which three contestants deserve to take the next step in the competition and go through to Friday's quarter-final.

star 8.42
19 votes
Episode 19

#21 - Episode 19

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 1, 2010

star 8.40
5 votes
Episode 14

#22 - Episode 14

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 22, 2010

star 8.38
8 votes
Episode 5

#23 - Episode 5

Season 14 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 8, 2018

Seven more hopefuls try to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. This year sees the return of the MasterChef Market, stocked full of the best-quality produce from across the world. The challenge is to invent and then cook one dish using anything from the market. The featured ingredients include lamb rump, pork chops, pigeon, sea bass, turbot and langoustine, and the contestants have an hour and ten minutes to dazzle the judges. After tasting all seven dishes, John and Gregg decide which four cooks are good enough to stay, while three are sent home. The four remaining cooks must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg but also the MasterChef champions from 2005, Thomasina Miers, and 2006, Steven Wallis, and finalist from 2006 Daksha Mistry. After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg decide which three contestants deserve to take the next step in the competition and go through to Friday's quarter-final.

star 8.35
20 votes
Episode 18

#24 - Episode 18

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 3, 2009

John Torode and Gregg Wallace are looking for the country's next star chef. In this heat, six contestants face three tests: inventing a dish from scratch in just 50 minutes, cooking at the La Porte Des Indes restaurant and making a two-course meal for the judges. Only one of them will make it through to become a quarter-finalist.

star 8.33
3 votes
Episode 5

#25 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 25, 2005

star 8.33
3 votes