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For the very first time, five of the most memorable amateur champions return to the MasterChef kitchen in a cooking contest to rival any other.

Each of them is back to show how far their food and careers have progressed and to compete for the title of MasterChef Champion of Champions 2021.

The competitors are: Tim Anderson – Champion 2011, Ping Coombes – Champion 2014, Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed – Champion 2017, Kenny Tutt – Champion 2018, and Irini Tzortzoglou – Champion 2019.

Their first challenge has been set by a very special guest judge - singer and host of the award-winning food podcast, Table Manners, Jessie Ware.

Finally, each of the five must pull out all the stops to deliver a two-course show stopping feast for judges - John Torode and Gregg Wallace - that is not only MasterChef champion quality food, but also represents their journey since winning the competition.

The chef who produces the most creative, inventive and delicious menu will be crowned the MasterChef Champion of Champions 2021.

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