MasterChef will televise its auditions for the first time when it returns to BBC1 next year for its seventh series.
The show's running time is to be extended, from half an hour to an hour, and it will be held in a bigger kitchen to accommodate a larger group of contestants.
The BBC1 controller, Jay Hunt, has ordered 15 episodes of MasterChef from production company Shine.
At the beginning of the new series, judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace will audition amateur chefs selected from the 20,000 applicants.
The best 20 will be chosen to go through to the new kitchen where they will face what the BBC says will be "more ambitious tests than ever before" ...Full article, the Guardian, 27/08/10.