Young MasterChef series 2 start date and new judge revealed

Young MasterChef returns for a brand new second series in 2024 with a brand new judge.

Young MasterChef presents an invigorating opportunity for rising culinary stars hailing from the heart of Britain’s food revolution, all falling within the vibrant age range of 18 to 25.

Joining returning judge Poppy O’Toole will be Chef, food presenter, YouTuber and best-selling author Big Has, who previously appeared in the first series as a guest judge.

When is Young MasterChef back on TV?

The new series of Young MasterChef starts on Monday, 8 January 2024 at 8PM on BBC Three.

Episodes will also be available to watch online on BBC iPlayer.

In the first episode, all nine of the new season’s rookie cooks rock up in East London ready to take on the Young MasterChef kitchen. It’s all systems go as they face two demanding challenges set by judges Poppy and Big Has. The stakes are high, as the two who fail to make the grade will have their MasterChef adventure cut short.

The aspiring foodie talents eagerly embrace a series of progressively demanding and exhilarating culinary trials, showcasing their prowess in the kitchen to stake their claim as the upcoming sensation in the world of gastronomy and vie for the coveted trophy.

Meet new judge Big Has

Big Has joins the show as a full time judge alongside Poppy after appearing in the show’s first series as a guest.

On joining the show, Big Has said: “I can’t quite believe I’m going to be an actual MasterChef judge. I’ve had so much respect for MasterChef over the years and to become part of food TV history blows my mind.

“I may not believe it until I step front of the cameras with Poppy. Getting to see the freshest cooking talent and taste some amazing dishes is a dream and I can’t wait to discover all the incredible foodies hiding in plain sight!”

Poppy said: “I’m thrilled that Big Has is on board for the next series – I’ve loved watching his creations for years and I’ve told him he needs to BBQ for lunch one day on set! Working with him last year on Young MasterChef was inspiring and its brilliant to be back in the MasterChef studio with him to welcome the next generation of culinary talent.”

Renowned London chef and Series 1 judge, Kerth Gumbs, has left the show due to his restaurant and other professional commitments.

MasterChef Executive Editor, Shine TV, David Ambler, said: “Welcoming Big Has back to Young MasterChef but this time as a judge, is really exciting. He’ll bring extensive restaurant experience as well as an ability to celebrate amazing food whatever the setting. As well as being an acclaimed chef, he knows the young foodie audience and can spot real talent.”

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