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Masterchef

Tue Mar 12, 9-10pm, BBC1

By now, John Torode and Gregg Wallace are like an old married couple: bickering fondly about sauce and trotting out the old gags about Gregg’s sweet tooth, they’re practically presenting ‘Masterchef’ in their sleep. It’s still good fun, however; for this latest series, there’s an attempt to at least fiddle with the formula with tonight seeing the birth of the all-new Palate Test.

It’s a fearsomely difficult challenge – the first five candidates have to discern the ingredients of a tasty-looking but complex dish and then make the thing themselves. Increasingly, there’s nothing universal about the standard of cookery on show here; Britain now seems to be home to dozens, if not hundreds of mini-Hestons. But it’s a cheery slice of foodie escapism all the same.

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