BBC One's biggest cooking show is back and Torode and Wallace will be judging the very best contestants from thousands of applicants.
Amateur chefs selected to make the TV stages were invited to cook a spectacular dish for Wallace and Torode in the MasterChef dining room. After the blind tasting, the judges must select 24 chefs to go through to the first heats.
From the 24 successful contestants, only 12 will earn MasterChef aprons. In the heats, the final contenders will take part in the infamous Invention Test, which will involve them using ingredients ranging from surf clams to rabbit to rump steak.
After two contestants are eliminated, the remaining chefs will experience the pressures and stress of a professional kitchen. The third and final challenge will involve returning to the MasterChef kitchens and cooking one final dish to demonstrate their new skills and wow the judges.
"It's a new year, a new MasterChef, bundles of talent, huge amounts of potential, amazing cooking - now the fight can begin!" said Torode.
Wallace added: "MasterChef is back and the eighth series is very exciting. We've got some fantastic talent cooking their hearts out in some truly outstanding places. As we know, cooking does not get tougher than this!"
The final 12 will be aiming to claim the prestigious title of MasterChef champion and follow in the footsteps of Thomasina Miers, Peter Bayless, Steven Wallis, James Nathan, Dhruv Baker, Mat Follas and Tim Anderson.
MasterChef returns on Tuesday, January 17 at 9pm on BBC One.