The cookery competition continues its tenth series with the second quarter-final, and the four talented heat winners have no time to rest on their laurels as they fight for their place in the competition. First, they must prove their mettle in the fiendishly difficult palate and skills test. Chef John Torode cooks chicken liver pate with onions madagascar and melba toast, a dish designed to test the cooks' skills of prioritisation and timing. Without seeing him prepare it, the amateurs are given just a few minutes to taste this dish before being asked to recreate it without a recipe, selecting from ingredients that may or may not belong in the dish. For their second challenge, the four must go head-to-head to cook their own show-stopping dish for John and Gregg, plus respected food critic and ex-chef Charles Campion, who tells them exactly what he thinks of their food. At the end of this quarter-final, only the best amateurs will go through to the next round and take another step closer to being crowned MasterChef champion 2014.moreless
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