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Torode, Wallace proud of 'MasterChef' legacy

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John Torode and Gregg Wallace judge MasterChef

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Gregg Wallace and John Torode have admitted that they are very proud of all the MasterChef winners' ongoing success.

Torode said that the BBC One cookery reality show had a greater hit rate than programmes such as X Factor because there was no element of "celebrity" involved in the series.

"One thing that is very different about MasterChef is that winning the show is not about becoming a celebrity," he told Digital Spy. "The end of MasterChef is about living the dream that you have dreamt. We don't dictate what you have to do.

"You do something on X Factor, you have to become a popstar. You do Big Brother people say that you should become a celebrity. That doesn't happen on MasterChef."

He added: "I'm really proud of all of the winners. I'm really proud that they have all kept their heads and that they have all gone on to do what they want to do. If you come in this competition and cook from your heart, you will go a long way."

His co-star Wallace added: "I am really proud of the legacy of all our winners and finalists. I'm also really proud of the show's reputation in the industry.

"It's not that easy to get access to the world's greatest chefs and restaurants. It's an incredible testament to MasterChef. That respect we get in the trade gives the show credibility and is why people are enjoying it at home."

Torode also rubbished the suggestion that they would ever put through a contestant on the show because they might make good TV.

"Can you imagine if we took someone to cook for the Maharaja in India for a joke... somebody who couldn't cook. Are you having a laugh?" he said. "Here you go Mr and Mrs Maharaja, enjoy this jelly beans on toast. You've got to be joking!"

MasterChef returns on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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