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Gregg Wallace and John Torode's 'intense' best ever MasterChef moment

The BBC cooking contest judges looked back at their most special moment from 20 series of the competition.

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John Torode and Gregg Wallace revealed their favourite MasterChef moment. (BBC)

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MasterChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode have revealed their favourite moment from 20 series of the BBC cooking contest, admitting it was an "intense" experience.

The latest series of the amateur chef competition began on Monday, with Wallace and Torode joining Tuesday's One Show to talk about their favourite memories from their years fronting the show.

What, how, and why?

MasterChef has reached a landmark moment with its 20th series and long-serving hosts and judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode have opened up on the "intense" moment that they look back on as the highlight of the show.

Wallace and Torode appeared on The One Show where they were introduced with a montage of best bits from their many years on the BBC contest, as Wallace admitted: "I didn't realise we'd aged like we have."

John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back to judge. (BBC)
John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back to judge MasterChef. (BBC)

As hosts Alex Jones and Roman Kemp asked what their top MasterChef moment had been, Wallace shared: "The year Dhruv Baker won it (2010) and we were cooking for a maharajah in Jaipur, in the maharajah's palace. I stood there and thought, where are we, what are we doing, this is an extraordinary moment."

Torode added: "It was so intense, the maharajah's kitchen staff had their own chefs on standby in case the food wasn't good enough, but thankfully the maharajah asked for seconds."

The pair also shared what they thought MasterChef's effect on the nation's cooking had been, saying it allowed food from a range of cultures to be showcased.

"It's the MasterChef contestants who have influenced the nation in which they cook because it's an extraordinarily multicultural country now, and what we're seeing is this amazing array of people who are really proud of their heritage coming into the MasterChef kitchen and showing it off to the rest of the country," said Torode.

"It's opening up the world of food to so many other people. We used to do it by travel, but now the people who have always been around us are actually showing the rest of the nation what's extraordinary."

What else happened on The One Show?

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Amy Dowden opened up on losing her hair during cancer treatment. (WireImage)

In Tuesday's episode, Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden featured in a film about helping other women going through cancer treatment to get their confidence back.

Pro dancer Dowden, who has recently been told she is cancer free, said she was still struggling with the effects of her treatment as she went along to a dance class and a make-up workshop for cancer patients.

Dowden admitted: "Taking the decision to shave my hair off was definitely the hardest step in my whole cancer journey, but I wanted to be in control."

As she watched the dance class, Dowden explained to viewers: "Following complications after surgery I can't yet join in."

The One Show airs on BBC One at 7pm on weekdays.

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