A total of 20 stars from the worlds of sport and show business are taking part in series 12 of the show.
The line-up of contestants is: opera star Lesley Garrett, seven times world snooker champion Stephen Hendry, comedian, actor and presenter Jim Moir (better known as Vic Reeves), actor and director Nick Moran, pop stars Rachel Stevens and Jaymi Hensley, actor Brian Bovell, French tennis player Henri Leconte, actor and comedian Abdullah Afzal, broadcaster Dev Griffin, TV presenter Angellica Bell, double Olympic gold medallist Becky Adlington, presenter Julia Somerville, TV personality and presenter Debbie McGee, actor and presenter Tyger Drew-Honey, children’s TV presenter Barney Harwood, writer and TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson, radio and TV journalist Aasmah Mir, singer and actress Patti Boulaye and presenter and parish priest Reverend Kate Bottley.
They will face an assortment of culinary challenges, under the eyes of judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. They will also cook for food critics and past show winners in their bid to win the crown of ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ champion of 2017.
In episode one, the first batch of five celebrities undertake three challenges. They are Jim Moir, Angellica Bell, Stephen Hendry, Julia Somerville and Henri Leconte.
The first challenge is the ‘Mystery Box’. The contestants must use the ingredients in the box, which include lamb loin, goat’s cheese, butternut squash and rhubarb, as well as a basic larder, to create one dish.
The celebrities are then split into two groups to take on the challenge of cooking for the first time in a restaurant kitchen in London, preparing dishes for paying customers. Jim, Stephen and Henri head to Aster, which is heavily influenced by Nordic and French cuisine, while Angellica and Julia are sent to Temper.
In the final test, the contestants are asked to prepare a two-course menu of their own design in one hour. The celebrities must work furiously in a last attempt to prove themselves to the judges, because at the end of this test, one of them will be going home
The series comprises 12 programmes broadcast over six weeks.
L-r: Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace