The search for the 13th MasterChef champion begins with eight amateur cooks hoping to impress John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

First, it’s the market test, a new challenge to sort the takeaways from the gourmets.

It’s a simple idea: imagine the poshest food market ever, with the cooks getting 10 minutes to fill a basket, then make one dish. The temptation is to grab masses of  ingredients and cook up a plate of inedible confusion – which a few fall prey to.

Three are sent home after round one, with the remaining five cooking their best two courses for John, Gregg and last year’s finalists.

A tasty start to the series! Continues tomorrow.