The first episode of the second series of MasterChef Ireland airs on RTÉ Two tonight, Thursday October 4, at 9:30pm, with judge Nick Munier telling RTÉ TEN that he and fellow judge Dylan McGrath have "the easy job" compared to the contestants.

You can watch RTÉ TEN's Suzanne Byrne's interview with Munier and McGrath by clicking the link on your left.

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In the first episode viewers will see the auditions as the amateur cooks compete for a place in the final 16, with just 55 minutes to impress Munier and McGrath.

A 'yes' from both will see hopefuls through to the competition proper; where opinions differ the cooks are given a 'lifeline' and can return the following day to take part in the Cook-Off.