Greg Wallace wants MasterChef changes

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Greg Wallace and John Torode

Greg Wallace and John Torode

Future contestants on 'MasterChef' may all have to live together after the success of the Australian version, where all the finalists stay in the same house.

Future contestants on 'MasterChef' may all have to live together.

At the moment wannabe chefs taking part in the BBC show just compete against each other in the kitchen, but in the Australian version all the finalists stay in the same house and now the UK show could be following suit.

Greg Wallace - who hosts the programme with Australian John Torode - said: "It's led to great viewing figures. A quarter of the population watches in Oz and the 'Big Brother' element has a lot to do with it.

"The Australian version is being monitored carefully."

When asked if he would be in favour of it, Greg replied: "Well, it's not up to me. I'm just a spoon for hire, trying to keep the show stirring along sweetly."

The winner of last series was Dhruv Baker who was awarded the coveted title after he impressed Michelin-starred chefs and a member of the Indian royal family with his culinary skills.

The Mexican-born cook beat writer Alex Rushmer and paediatric doctor Tim Kinnaird to the prize, after the trio cooked dishes at luxurious restaurants in France, Italy and Holland, before producing their last three-course meal back in the UK.

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