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When good TV goes bad: why we’ve all had un oeuf of Saturday Kitchen

The departure of James Martin gave the show the chance to ditch the lamentable Omelette Challenge and add some fresh ingredients. Did it bother? N(egg)ative

It would be so very easy to pinpoint Saturday Kitchen’s elasmobranch-vaulting moment as the one when James Martin decided to up sticks, thus depriving the nation’s hungover of bi-hourly reminders that their host comes from Yorkshire. For sure, ever since he ecky-thumped a hole in the studio wall and made good his escape, the show has endured a torturous throw-a-load-of-chefs-at-the-wall-and-see-who-sticks search for a host who matches Martin’s chubby bonhomie, failing every time.

The problems are obvious and many: Michel Roux Jr, for example, has all the presentational warmth of a Gaboon viper, while John Torode attempting matey badinage comes across with all the sincerity of Theresa May recounting episodes of wheat field-related malfeasance from her childhood. Elsewhere, Angela Hartnett’s horrible,
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John Torode: I'm not friends with MasterChef co-host Gregg Wallace

Australian chef – best man at co-presenter’s wedding – tells of vicious arguments and says he has never been to Wallace’s house

John Torode has revealed he has never been friends with his MasterChef co-host, Gregg Wallace. The presenter said that despite a shared passion for food the pair have had vicious arguments while filming and have never been to each other’s houses.

Torode’s blunt comments came days after Wallace said they shared a close emotional bond. After 12 years judging the show together, 51-year-old Torode told the Mirror: “It’s funny, we’ve never been friends.

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MasterChef review: mince with ketchup, custard ravioli and … a new market

Gregg Wallace, John Torode, hessian sacks full of pulses, and contestants who can’t cook – everything is in place as battle commences for the umpteenth series

MasterChef (BBC1, 8pm) is back! Sixty-four amateur cooks, 16 contestants a week, 100 weeks of your life, and two new presenters … Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding. Joke! The BBC (flag)ship is still being steered through charted waters by increasingly svelte pudding-king Gregg Wallace and John Torode who, 13 series in, appears to be phoning in his judging. “We’ve done something very special this year,” he says, a quarter-smile playing across his jowls. Wow! You’ve brought in Nigella? You’re starting a campaign to shame celebrity chefs into giving staff their share of service charges? Erm, no. “We’ve built you a market.”

Actually, the market is lovely, like a very small Whole Foods Market. I got quite excited about all the hessian sacks filled with pulses,
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Wednesday’s best TV

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Gregg Wallace and John Torode turn up the heat on 64 new contestants, a sublime compilation of spoof rockstar hits, and ‘the ultimate test for any man’

A 13th helping of the culinary contest that sees Gregg Wallace salivate wildly and John Torode preside effectively, as 64 amateur cooks do their thing. As the series kicks off, the first eight must create a dish with ingredients from the new “MasterChef market” – imagine a rather more upmarket version of Ready Steady Cook’s “quickie bag”. What follows is more of the same, as the heat of the kitchen inspires some and scares the bejesus out of others. Hannah J Davies

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MasterChef judge John Torode leaves hospital after riding accident

Australian chef’s partner, Lisa Faulkner, thanks staff at London hospital and says he is bruised but ‘well and happy’

The MasterChef judge John Torode has left hospital after a “lucky escape” in a riding accident.

A photo posted on Instagram of Torode, 51, in a hospital bed sparked concern for the Australian chef’s wellbeing. Lisa Faulkner, his partner, wrote that he was “very bruised” and thanked the staff of St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, west London.

I really am ok everyone ! Thank you , just took a tumble whilst out riding , & posted photo to thank the Docs , nurses and all at St Mary's

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Wednesday’s best TV: MasterChef; Panorama; Employable Me

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John and Gregg return for the latest series of the cooking competition, the terrorism threat in Europe is examined, and unemployed people with brain conditions reveal the challenges they face

Telly’s comfort-food staple returns with John Torode and Gregg Wallace scaring amateur chefs. Five hopefuls cook their “calling card”, then choose between pigeon and lemon as their key ingredient. The contestants range from Julie, who says she just throws things together, to Chris, who’s daring enough to make Indian sushi. As one is sent home, the others must cook for the final three from last year. There’s at least one panicker as they scramble for success. Continues tomorrow. Hannah Verdier

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David Tennant, Katie Price and Claudia Winkleman announced for Room 101

David Tennant, Katie Price and Claudia Winkleman will be among the celebrity guests for the upcoming series of Room 101.

Hosted by Frank Skinner, the show will be back for an eight-part series to air in early 2016 on BBC One.

The chat show sees three celebrities banish their top pet peeve, annoyance or worst nightmare to the depths of Room 101 forever.

Sir Trevor McDonald, Noel Fielding, Heston Blumenthal, Russell Howard, Aisling Bea, Adil Ray, Greg James and Ian Wright will also be paying a visit to the studio.

Other guests include Meera Syal, John Humphrys, Russell Kane, John Torode, Katherine Parkinson, Greg Davies, James Acaster, Kirsty Wark, Shaun Ryder, Sam Simmons, Bridget Christie, Robert Peston and Joanna Scanlan.

"It's great to be back as the gatekeeper of Room 101 with another bunch of brilliant celebrity complainers," said Skinner. "They are the whinge beneath my wings."

Skinner recently announced a new weekly talk show,
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John Torode and Lisa Faulkner cook together

John Torode and Lisa Faulkner never argue in the kitchen. The 50-year-old chef has admitted that he and his 43-year-old TV presenter girlfriend - whom he met while judging 'Celebrity MasterChef' in 2010 - love to cook recipes together. Asked how often he cooks, John said: ''I cook every single day and I love it and that's what I do, it's what I'm really good at and I'm really happy doing it. My kids love the food and I love the food and Lisa and I like to cook together. It's good.'' John also claimed that he and Lisa don't follow a schedule
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Celebrity Masterchef final peaks with 6.14 million viewers on BBC One

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

The Celebrity MasterChef final was Friday's (July 24) highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 5.16 million (24.5%) from 8.30pm.

The final episode of the cooking competition peaked with 6.14 million viewers (29.2%), as John Torode and Gregg Wallace announced a winner.

BBC One's evening began with 2.79 million (14.5%) for Animal Super Parents at 7pm, and ended with 2.09 million (17%) for Room 101 at 10.45pm.

Over on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.58 million (12.9%), while Doc Martin drew an average audience of 1.9 million (9.1%).

Rhs Flower Show Tatton Park kicked things off with 1.14 million (6.1%) for BBC Two at 7pm, followed by 1.68 million (8.4%) for Gardeners' World at 7.30pm.

Live Athletics: Anniversary Games continued with 2.56 million from 8pm (12.3%) as stars including Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill raced at the Olympic Stadium in east London, while The Perfect Morecambe & Wise followed with 1.03 million (6.1%) at 10pm.
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Who has been crowned Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2015?

Kimberly Wyatt has been named Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2015.

The former Pussycat Doll and Got To Dance judge won over the panel with her consistently restaurant-level dishes.

Holy cow!!!! @MasterChefUK @JohnTorode1 @GreggAWallace Thank you so much for the most incredible experience Ever!! I am So happy!

Kimberly Wyatt (@KimberlyKWyatt) July 24, 2015

The final was contested by Wyatt, X Factor contestant-turned-tv presenter Rylan Clark and Cbbc presenter Sam Nixon.

Wyatt's well-executed menu of seafood soup, loin of lamb and uniquely adapted 'Sinatra' cheesecake was described as "magnificent" by judge Gregg Wallace.

"Kimberly's food has changed to stuff that is really refined, really interesting and very, very elegant," added John Torode after announcing her win.

"She's very, very good indeed."

Bam!!!!!! @MasterChefUK pic.twitter.com/xpzOgbCCMl

Kimberly Wyatt (@KimberlyKWyatt) July 24, 2015

"I haven't felt this good in a really long time!" said Wyatt as she was handed the MasterChef trophy.

"This has been one of
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Celebrity MasterChef, The Saboteurs

Celebrity MasterChef: BBC One, 8:30pm

It's finale time, as the last three contenders battle to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2015.

The famous finalists face the gruelling Chef's Table test, this time hosted by Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett. Then, they have one last opportunity to impress John Torode and Greg Wallace.

The Saboteurs: More 4, 9pm

The war drama concludes tonight as the Allies have to make a grave decision.

After Werner Heisenberg's superior Kurt Diebner shows him secret documents detailing the lasting effects of the atomic bomb, Heisenberg's commitment becomes questionable.

The Legacy: Sky Arts, 9pm

It's the series two finale of the Danish drama following the Gronnegaard family.

Uncertainty about the future leaves everyone at the estate worried. Meanwhile, Gro rushes to Thomas's side as his condition deteriorates, leaving him needing emergency care.

Sons of Anarchy: Spike, 10pm

In 'Salvage', Jax announces his plans to end the gun
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Celebrity MasterChef is back: What did you think of the start of series 10?

It's hard to believe, but Celebrity MasterChef kicked off its tenth series tonight - yep, we're onto a tenth run of brave celebrities attempting to prove their culinary prowess (and sometimes failing terribly).

It all kicked off tonight with Sarah Harding, Chesney Hawkes, Yvette Fielding, Sheree Murphy and Patricia Potter heading into the kitchen under the watchful gaze of John Torode and Gregg Wallace. But what did you think of all the action?

Are you still enjoying Celebrity MasterChef as much as ever? Is it still cooking on gas, or has it gone off the boil? (Do you see what we did there?) And what did you think of tonight's episode in particular? Will you be tuning in for seconds next week? (We did it again.)

We want to know all of your thoughts, so hit the comments to let us know what you made of Celebrity MasterChef tonight...
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Big Bang Theory, Celebrity MasterChef

The Big Bang Theory: E4, 8:30pm

Season eight of the hit comedy draws to a close tonight with 'The Commitment Determination'.

As ever, Sheldon is causing problems, pushing Penny and Leonard to allocate a date for their wedding - something the couple remain hesitant about sorting. Meanwhile, Amy is forced to consider her own future with Sheldon.

New Girl: E4, 9pm

If The Big Bang Theory wasn't enough to satisfy your Us sitcom needs for the night, then stay with E4 for the season four premiere of New Girl.

As they attend a wedding, the gang place bets on who will pull by the end of the night, sparking an interesting chain of events. Jessica Biel guest stars.

Celebrity MasterChef: BBC One, 9pm

Gregg Wallace and John Torode return with a new host of celebrities battling it out in the kitchen to be crowned 2015's winner.
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Celebrity MasterChef 2015: the contestants revealed

Who’ll be wearing the aprons in TV’s toughest celebrity cooking test? Mica Paris, Chesney Hawkes, Arlene Phillips, Keith Chegwin and Sheree Murphy are all lined up in the kitchen with Gregg Wallace and John Torode

The heat is on, the aprons have been assigned, the puns are in the oven … Yes, it’s nearly time to find out which of the 20 celebs with marginal cooking skills will be following in the steps of last year’s Celebrity MasterChef champion Sophie Thompson.

As usual, Gregg Wallace and John Torode will be in charge as the celebs face the invention test, the relay invention test, a mass-catering challenge, a two-course meal for guest judges – past Celebrity MasterChef including 2013 winner Ade Edmondson, 2014 finalist Wayne Sleep, semi-finalist Christopher Biggins, and 2014 reigning champion Sophie Thompson – and that round where they try not to muck things up for actual paying customers in a professional restaurant kitchen.
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Rylan Clark, Sarah Harding and Chesney Hawkes join Celebrity MasterChef

Rylan Clark, Sarah Harding and Chesney Hawkes have been announced for Celebrity MasterChef 2015.

They are joined by Keith Chegwin, Yvette Fielding, Arlene Phillips and others for the tenth anniversary edition of the cookery contest.

12 episodes will air over six weeks this summer. The first four heat weeks will see judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace whittle down the 20 celebrity entrants to eight semi-finalists.

Finals week ends in a 90-minute contest between the three remaining cooks, feeding an all-female Chef's Table hosted by Michelin starred Angela Hartnett.

The full list of 2015 contestants is as follows:

Scott MaslenTish (Patricia) PotterCraig GazeyAmanda DonohueSheree MurphyMica ParisSarah HardingKimberly WyattTom ParkerChesney HawkesSam NixonKeith ChegwinAndy AkinwolereYvette FieldingRylan ClarkSyd LittleArlene PhillipsSamira AhmedNatalie LoweDanny Crates

Past Celebrity MasterChef champions and finalists who will appear through the run include 2013 winner Ade Edmondson, 2014 finalist Wayne Sleep, semi-finalist Christopher Biggins and 2014 reigning champion Sophie Thompson.

Executive producer for the BBC Carla-Maria Lawson
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Masterchef 2015 winner announced after tense final

Simon Wood, data manager from Oldham, fights off fierce competition to be crowned Britain’s best amateur cook 2015

Simon Wood has been crowned the country’s best amateur cook as MasterChef Champion 2015. The 38-year-old data manager from Oldham fought off fierce competition from fellow finalists Emma Spitzer and Tony Rodd to lift the coveted trophy on the BBC One show.

All three had to prepare three-course meals to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace at the end of the seven week competition. Wallace, in his discussions with Torode as they decided the winner, said of Wood: “Simon is a class, class act.” Torode said: “He just keeps on getting better and better.”

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Masterchef 2015: who will win the final?

We’re down to the final five – and for Simon, Tony, Emma, Pete and Paul, it’s that tricky combination of skill, nerve and exoticism-combined-with-authenticity that will snare them the toughest prize in TV cooking

Ahead of this week’s final episodes (culminating on Friday), five semi-finalists remain in the race to be someone who can, er, then go on to launch a cookbook. And probably a restaurant. If they are very, very lucky. Cautionary note to all the contestants: the cookbook from last year’s winner Ping Coombes is not out until May 2016. MasterChef is a whirlwind – but real life is a slow burn.

It has been a cracking series. I am still missing Man Mountain Robert, the one who crossed swords with John Torode in last week’s taste test. When Robert served his sauce on the side in the smoked quail copycat dish, John looked like he would smoke him alive.
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MasterChef: what will it take to spice up this format?

Fist bumps? Reinvention test? MasterChef needs more new ingredients if it wants viewers to feast on it again

MasterChef has returned; televisual comfort food served three times a week. No one’s really scared of John Torode and Gregg Wallace any more. There are only so many ways you can sear a scallop and still hold the public’s attention. Monica Galetti, the high priestess of killer looks and MasterChef intrigue, is only unleashed on the professionals. So is there really a reason to watch the original series, back for its eleventh outing?

Once watercooler telly, MasterChef is increasingly more akin to your colleague’s hummus at the back of the fridge: a good idea gone a bit mouldy. The show needs to evolve – and Torode and Wallace chancing the world’s most awkward fist-bump isn’t going to rejuvenate the format by itself.

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Nurse, Masterchef

The Flash: Sky1, 8pm

*Spoiler* Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) survived going nuclear - and he and Dr Stein (Victor Garber) have been successfully separated... but is everything as it appears?

Soon, the pair are hunted by a military unit led by General Eiling (Clancy Brown) and discover that their separation might not be as final as they'd hoped.

Masterchef: BBC One, 9pm

Back for a new series, with John Torode and Gregg Wallace returning to put more keen cooks to the test.

Who will impress the judges with their trademark dishes, sailing through to the third round, and who will be sent home?

Critical: Sky1, 9pm

If you've got a strong stomach, then Sky1's Critical - a high-tension medical thriller starring Lennie James - is sure to get your heart pumping.

The no-holds-barred series set in a high-tech Major Trauma Centre continues tonight, as the team
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Watch Gregg Wallace in new 'food bootcamp' MasterChef trailer

The first trailer for MasterChef season 11 has been revealed.

Presenters Gregg Wallace and John Torode get a military singsong going in the 'food bootcamp' clip.

The new series of the BBC One cooking contest will premiere later this year.

MasterChef's Wallace recently announced that he is to marry for the fourth time.

Wallace was among the celebrities to take part in this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, but was the first star to be voted out of the BBC One competition.

Celebrity chef Michael Roux Jr previously criticised the "hypocritical" and "two-faced" BBC after he was replaced as a presenter of MasterChef: The Professionals.
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