Children's hospital worker Paul was the first cook handed a MasterChef apron after impressing the judges with a dish of mackerel fillets wrapped in bread with rhubarb sauce and an apple, radish and frisée salad.
He was followed into the next stage of the competition by 26-year-old Tim, who got two yes votes for his cod tempura and Japanese sweet potato wedges with dipping sauces.
Other success stories were 24-year-old carpenter James, who served up roasted duck breast on red cabbage, photographer Matthew and Italian Sarah, who almost reduced Wallace to tears with her homemade tagliarini.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra cellist Kennedy, 38-year-old fashion lecturer Claudia, Northampton's Endine and art gallery worker Elizabeth, who stunned Torode and Wallace with her "creativity and cleverness", were also sent through to the Top 20 stage.
The final two aprons handed out went to former pharmacy lecturer Peter and 34-year-old full-time mum Polly, who both managed to prove their cookery skill after returning to serve up a second dish. Polly's pea mousse with creamed mushrooms, pancetta and melba toast and Peter's ballotine of chicken on spinach with a madeira jus were enough to persuade Wallace and Torode of their respective talents.
The remaining nine aprons will be handed out on this evening's MasterChef, which airs at 9pm on BBC One.