Derek, Hannah, Khaleesha, Dan and Kathryn cook for survival on MasterChef 2015 UK

It is the second day of MasterChef 2015 and the second five cooks enter the MasterChef kitchen to showcase their cooking skills with the hope of making it through to the quarter finals.

Standing in their way are a series of tasks and two judges to impress – Greg Wallace and John Torode.

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The five chefs on the second day of week one are:

Derek 31, from London,
Hannah 25, from Derby,
Khaleesha 35, from Essex,
Dan 36, from Lincoln,
Kathryn 51, from Wirral.

To kick things off the contestants are given just one hour and fifteen minutes to dazzle the judges their calling card dish, a practised dish that represents just who they are as a cook. After tasting all five dishes, John and Gregg, without telling each other, each pick their favourite dish. If they both choose the same dish then they will select their second preference. The two lucky cooks will be safe – for now – and sail straight through to the third test.

The remaining three contestants must cook again in the reinvention test. The hopefuls are given the main ingredient from their calling card dish, as well as access to the larder. Using that same ingredient, they must reinvent the dish to create a brand new plate of food that will sway the judges and earn them a place in the next round.