BBC One announces Celebrity MasterChef line-up

BBC One’s ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ series is firing up for some hot kitchen action this summer.

In this 14th series of the popular cookery show, MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace will preside over an eclectic who’s who of show business, drama, design, singing, and sport stars who will compete over six weeks and 18 programmes for the title of Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2019.

Battling it out in the MasterChef kitchen over the summer will be:

  • Actors Adam Woodyatt and Elizabeth Bourgine
  • Actor and radio presenter Mim Shaikh
  • TV personalities Vicky Pattison, Dom Parker, Dr Alex George and Joey Essex
  • Motown singer Martha Reeves
  • Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford MBE
  • Heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte
  • Former boxing manager and transgender campaigner Kellie Maloney
  • Fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes
  • Professional dancer Oti Mabuse
  • Long distance runner and former Marine Andy Grant
  • Weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker
  • Former professional footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock
  • DJ and lawyer Judge Jules
  • Radio 1 presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams
  • Presenter and professional quizzer Jenny Ryan
  • Comedian Josie Long

BBC commissioning editor Carla-Maria Lawson said: “This ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ has all of the right ingredients for a series full of entertainment, pressure and fun. Once again we have a brilliant variety of different characters, and there will be some surprises along the way, as they are put through their paces and pushed to their limits.”

The first 60-minute episode of each heat week sees five new celebrities enter the kitchen and take on an invention test. With limited ingredients, they are challenged to create a dish from scratch such as pizza, burgers, curry or sausages. Then they head to a professional restaurant kitchen to prepare dishes for the paying public, before returning to the MasterChef kitchen to prepare a dish of their design for John and Gregg. At the end of this episode, one contestant is sent home.

The four remaining celebrities return the following night for a 60-minute episode featuring two challenges that test their ability to work under pressure together. The first is the Pairs Challenge where the celebrities are split into teams of two. Each team is tasked with cooking the same dish. However, there’s a catch – because a wall divides the team members, through which they must clearly communicate instructions in order to cook identical dishes in taste and appearance.

The next test is the Mass Catering Challenge. Celebrities face hordes of diners at a range of pressurised, busy and time-sensitive venues including London Zoo, the Ford Factory in Dagenham, the Hendon Metropolitan Police Training Centre and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Girls School.

In a third 30-minute episode, the celebrities return to the MasterChef kitchen to battle for a place in the semi-finals. The four aim to cook a faultless two courses for John, Gregg and a table of guest critics. These include past ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ champions: reigning winner John Partridge and past winners Angellica Bell, Alexis Conran, Lisa Faulkner, Ade Edmondson, Sophie Thompson and Phil Vickery – as well as former finalists Spencer Matthews, Martin Bayfield, Rylan Clark-Neal and the Rev. Richard Coles. At the end of this episode, two celebrities are sent home and the remaining two become semi-finalists.

All eight semi-finalists then come together for one challenge to celebrate the Coastguards who safeguard one of the busiest shipping channels in the world at Dover in Kent. They then return to the MasterChef kitchen to cook in challenges that include dishing up for restaurant critics William Sitwell, Grace Dent and Jimi Famurewa. Those that make it through have the honour of cooking the dishes of chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi.

Finals week has some surprises in store as the contestants continue their culinary journey. The final three have the opportunity to cook at ‘The Chef’s Table’ and this year they are given access to the kitchen of ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ judge Monica Galetti’s Mere restaurant. They cook her dishes to serve to a table of some of the UK’s most revered and respected chefs including one Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous, Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Jun Tanaka alongside Robin Gill and two Michelin-starred Daniel Clifford.

Finally, they return to the MasterChef kitchen to cook for one last time. The three-course meal that the three finalists cook for John and Gregg has to ‘display every ounce of passion and food knowledge they have gathered over the six weeks’ in order for one of them to take the trophy and become Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2019.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of previous winners John Partridge, Angellica Bell, Alexis Conran, Kimberly Wyatt, Sophie Thompson, Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner, Jayne Middlemiss, Liz McClarnon, Nadia Sawalha and Matt Dawson.


MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace

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