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Following the success of the MasterChef LIVE Challenge in Birmingham at The BBC Good Food Show Summer, the competition will now travel to London to debut at MasterChef’s showcase live show, MasterChef LIVE from 11th-13th November at London’s Olympia.

The organisers are now looking for keen culinary members of the public to take part in this thrilling competition and cook their signature dish live on stage for John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

The MasterChef LIVE Challenge, sponsored by Plenty, will see contestants battle to win over John and Gregg’s approval with one dish in just 45 minutes. In keeping with the programme, contestants will use their cooking skills in a bid to impress the judges, using their own ingredients and innovation.

The London challenge will begin on Friday 11th November 2011 with a winner from each day competing in a Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. The overall winner from the weekend will then be crowned MasterChef LIVE Challenge London Champion 2011.

As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £500 worth of Sainsbury’s vouchers and a ‘money can’t buy prize’ of a day in the kitchens at Gauthier Soho. This amazing day’s experience will include working under Michelin-starred Alexis Gauthier, as well as the chance to savour Alexis’s food on the other side of the pass, with a complimentary meal for two at Gauthiers, every season for a year.*

John Torode said: “This is the competitor’s chance to be judged like all the MasterChef elite from the series but LIVE. This is no time for lumpy mash or burnt sausages – this is an opportunity to truly impress us with culinary creations.”

Gregg Wallace added: “If the competitors are thinking about cooking an omelette, they can go home now.”

The LIVE challenge is just one of the many features at MasterChef LIVE, the must visit foodie event that is now in its third year. As well as all the familiar MasterChef faces including Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti, previous winners, Tim Anderson, Dhruv Baker and Mat Follas, and finalists Tom, Sara and Jackie, there is also a huge array of food products to sample, with live demonstrations to tantalise the taste buds.

Plenty’s Juan Sheet will also be on hand throughout the live challenge, to mop up spills as the contestants cook away.

The Challenge takes place in front of an audience at MasterChef Live, London’s Olympia. For more info and to buy tickets log on to or call 0844 581 1341.

Contestants can apply by visiting and filling in the online application form. Entries close at midnight on Friday 14th October 2011

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For further information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or

* Full competition and prize terms and conditions can be found on the website

* For Plenty top tips go to Plenty has won the Good Housekeeping Institute seal of approval

To book please visit or call 0844 581 1361

9am - 6pm (Wed to Sun)

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A booking fee applies to all tickets purchased in advance.
Over 65s get £2 off the adult ticket price.
Children between the ages of 5 and 18 are only permitted at the weekend when a reduced child price is on offer.  Under 5s are free any day.
The NEC charge £8 for parking.

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Recipe Collection
Each ticket include a recipe collection (value £10) collectable on the day



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