Eight new hopefuls try to impress John Torode and Gregg Wallace, with some ambitious food from the very start.

The market challenge inspires a huge range of dishes, some straightforward but mostly some brave and daring choices, which don’t all fill judge John with delight.

‘I could be wrong, but I think it sounds weird,’ he says of one plate. After three are sent home, the five left go on to cook their best two courses for the three finalists from 2010.

The trio – Alex Rushmer, Tim Kinnaird and winner Dhruv Baker – talk about how the show changed their lives and gave them the chance to cook for a living. Continues tomorrow.