Chef and restaurateur John Torode and food writer and ingredients expert Gregg Wallace returned to the small screen this week to search for the country's top celebrity chef.

BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef makes 2014 debut

Chef and restaurateur John Torode and food writer and ingredients expert Gregg Wallace returned to the small screen this week to search for the country’s top celebrity chef.

BBC's Celebrity MasterChef makes 2014 debut

The first of 18 episodes of Celebrity MasterChef aired on Tuesday (June 10) on BBC1 at 9pm. In the show, the first batch of five celebrities – former supermodel Jodie Kidd, actor Sophie Thompson, author and broadcaster Russell Grant, fashion journalist Susannah Constantine and actor Todd Carty – undertook three culinary challenges in a bid to prove their cookery prowess to judges John and Gregg.

In the second episode, which aired last night (Tuesday June 12) at 8pm, the first heats continued as the celebrities were paired into teams and sent out on their first mass catering challenge.

The next episode airs next Thursday (June 19) at 9pm, when five more celebrities enter the MasterChef kitchen. Battling for the crown are actors Amanda Burton, Ken Morley and Emma Barton as well as TV presenter Alison Hammond and former JLS singer JB Gill.

The first challenge for the five hopefuls is the Mystery Box Test, to assess their imagination and creativity. They all have to use the box’s ingredients to create their interpretation of a burger. With nerves running high and just 50 minutes to make their dish from scratch, the celebrities must think on their feet to impress the judges.

Next the celebrities are faced with their first challenge within a real restaurant setting, preparing dishes for paying customers during lunchtime service. The five celebrities are split in to two groups and sent to two different London kitchens.

Amanda, Emma and Ken are sent to Spanish restaurant Iberica, while Alison and JB visit Marcus Wareing protégé Chantelle Nicholson at The Gilbert Scott.

In episode four, which airs on Friday June 20 at 8.30pm, the second heat continues as the remaining celebrities fight for a place in the semi-final.

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