MasterChef‘s Greg Wallace and John Torode have talked exclusively to Whatsontv.co.uk about the upcoming series and the brand new studio.

The search is back on to discover Britain’s best amateur cook as series seven of the hit culinary show begins on Wednesday, February 16 at 9pm on BBC One.

The series will run over 11 weeks with Gregg and John, for the first-time, auditioning the amateurs one-by-one in a 45 minute task in which the contestants arrive with their own ingredients and go all-out to impress.

Shortlisted from 20,000 hopefuls, the 20 who impress the pair the most will win themselves a place on the show competing for the coveted winner’s title.

John and Gregg spoke exclusively about why series seven will be bigger and better than ever, with harder tasks, more pressure and a brand new studio.

Watch John Torode and Greg Wallace talking about the new series of MasterChef: