How to watch Masterchef 2020: stream the UK finals online anywhere today

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Now reaching the climax of an epic 16th series, MasterChef is arguably the world's most prestigious reality TV cooking show. Yes, the battle to win the title of the UK’s best amateur cook is nearly at an end and we're down to our finalists this week - read on to find out how to stream MasterChef 2020, no matter where in the world you are, by following our guide below.

With 60 initial contestants ranging from cattle farmers and hairdressers to architects, ex-rugby players, and graphic designers, the latest incarnation of the culinary competition is one of the most memorable ever.

MasterChef 2020 finals: when is it on?

The MasterChef 2020 finals are being shown by BBC One on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week - that's April 15, 16 and 17 for the more numerically inclined. Wednesday and Thursday's instalments start at 9pm BST, while Friday's final episode gets a slightly earlier start time of 7.30pm in the UK. As it's on BBC, that means it's free to watch MasterChef if hold a valid TV license - but anyone abroad can make use of a VPN to watch the show just like they would back in Blighty.

This year, John Torode and Gregg Wallace have as ever been fronting proceedings, while some of the special guests offering up their palates for the nerve-racking Critics Table challenge include William Sitwell, Grace Dent, Jay Rayner and Jimi Famurewa.

Now, a final set of daunting culinary challenges is set for the island of Mauritius where they will need to complete a gastronomic challenge of recreating both high-end local fine-dining dishes and traditional street food, as tutored by the island's best chefs. 

Following that test, the remaining contestants return to London where they must impress Albert Adria - widely regarded as the world’s best pastry chef, before delivering the best three-course menu of their lives for John and Gregg, in the final bid to claim the prestigious MasterChef title.

The show has a decent track record of producing winners that have gone on to big things by opening up their very own restaurants and writing books - you might have heard of MasterChef 2005 winner Thomasina Miers and Wahaca, for example?

Let's cook - read on to find out how to watch Masterchef 2020 online and stream the finals for free no matter where you are in the world.

Watch the Masterchef 2020 finals online for free in the UK

As is usual, Masterchef is being shown on free-to-air in the UK on TV on BBC One. Or if you would prefer to use your laptop, phone, iPad or other device, you can use the BBC iPlayer app to stream the episodes instead.

You can also head over to the free to use which has good quality streaming as well as the rest of the Freeview channels on one easy platform.

The finals air on Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, at 9pm, while series 16 of MasterChef concludes with the grand final on Friday, April 17, at 7.30pm.

How to watch a Masterchef 2020 live stream anywhere in the world for free

For those outside of the UK that don't want to miss a second of this year's culinary competition, the best bet is a VPN service. This means that if you're temporarily abroad during the lockdown, don't panic you can still get your MasterChef fix, you just need an internet connection.

Once you get the best VPN you can enjoy a secure and speedy connection, even on open Wi-Fi networks like hotels, enabling you to tune in.

And even if you're not that tech friendly, don't worry. Getting a VPN is super simple. We've listed how to do it in three easy steps below....

1. Download and install a VPN

1. Download and install a VPN
The best and easiest way to stream MasterChef 2020 for free is to download and install a VPN. We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express.

ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and if you click here you can get 49% off and 3 months free, too.

2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select anywhere in the UK - it's super easy to do.

3. Go to
Head over to once you're connected back to a UK server and you should be able to watch MasterChef online as if you were back in the UK.

Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.