It may have been supplanted in the popular imagination by Bake Off, but for those who want cooking shows that extend beyond pastry, MasterChef is still the show to beat.

The long-running cooking content is back in 2020 for series 16 - not to mention all the usual Celebrity, Kids, and Professionals spin-offs - and here's what you need to know.

When is MasterChef back on?

The BBC hasn't announced a start date for series 16, but it's a safe bet that the show will arrive some time before spring. It traditionally kicks off between February and March - we'll keep our eyes peeled and update this article with more information as we have it. 

Who are the judges?

Once again John Torode and Gregg Wallace and the hosts and judges of the series. They'll no doubt be joined by a selection of former contestants and professional chefs and critics as the show goes on, but we don't know yet who to expect.

Who are the contestants?

None of the contestants have yet been announced for 2019, so stay tuned.

How to watch MasterChef from outside the UK

As per usual, MasterChef will be available through regular UK broadcast TV (however you get your TV), airing on BBC One.

If you want to watch from outside the UK then you'll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN so it appears your device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on the BBC iPlayer. For more details see our best VPNs article, or our specific guide to watching iPlayer from abroad.

When are the Celebrity and Professionals editions airing?

Whilst the main series usually takes place earlier in the year, the spin-offs are saved for later on. The celebrity edition of MasterChef will likely take place in Autumn 2020, whilst the professionals edition will probably air in Winter 2020.