Curtis Stone tells: ‘I was too busy to be a judge!’
Secrets from inside the MasterChef kitchen
For the first time ever, contestants are being housed in individual apartments rather than staying under one roof.
With so much at stake, the contestants refine their skills in their apartments, with MasterChef providing all the equipment to recreate the show's conditions.
The cooks are free to wear items from their own wardrobe, as long as they wear practical, comfortable clothing that is suitable for cooking.
Judge Melissa is said to have worn almost 100 pairs of earrings and 48 pairs of shoes this season, while judge Jock Zonfrillo's suits are tailor-made.
The single most popular ingredient this year is garlic, with the humble vegetable becoming the most ordered product in MasterChef's famous pantry.
"Top of the room" judging, which sees each chef take their plate to the front of the kitchen, now takes over 12 minutes per tasting.