Most of us will have tried our hand at something new in the kitchen during lockdown, but regardless of whether it ended up in a culinary disaster or a sourdough bread triumph worthy of sharing on social media, we’ll be grateful for the return of Celebrity MasterChef.

Past series have seen hilarious catastrophes and stunning, lip-smacking surprises, something which makes the celebrity incarnation of the cookery series stand out from the crowd.

Here are the 20 celebrities ready to put their palates and their chopping and mixing skills to the test for judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode.

Duncan James

Celebrity MasterChef Duncan James BBC

Blue singer and Hollyoaks actor Duncan, 43, recently took part in The Celebrity Circle but was voted out first, so fingers crossed he’ll stay in this contest a little longer.

Su Pollard

Celebrity MasterChef Su Pollard BBC

Actress, singer and author Su has worn many showbiz hats in her 71 years and will be hoping to add Champion Chef to her list.

Nabil Abdulrashid

Celebrity MasterChef Nabil Abdulrashid BBC

Comedian Nabil, 35, was Alesha Dixon’s golden buzzer act on Britain’s Got Talent. Will he be championed through to the finals of Celebrity MasterChef, too?

Munya Chawawa

Celebrity MasterChef Munya Chawawa BBC

British-Zimbabwean comedian Munya, 28, has a huge following on social media and will be hoping to give them something worth watching as he steps up to Celebrity MasterChef.

Melanie Sykes

Celebrity MasterChef Melanie Sykes BBC

TV presenter and model Melanie, 50, hosted Let’s Do Lunch alongside Gino D’Acampo, so we’re assuming she’s picked up more than a few culinary tips along the way.

Rita Simons

Celebrity MasterChef Rita Simons BBC

When you’ve been a part of EastEnders’ Mitchell family, we reckon not much can faze you. Rita, 44, who played Roxy Mitchell, will be hoping to hold her nerve in the kitchen as the contest heats up.

Megan McKenna

Celebrity MasterChef Megan McKenna BBC

She started out as an Ex on the Beach contestant and Towie cast member, but Megan, 28, recently enjoyed victory as the winner of Celebrity X Factor and has released a successful country album.

Penny Lancaster

Celebrity MasterChef Penny Lancaster BBC

Rod Stewart’s wife, Loose Women panellist and model Penny, 50, recently joined the police, too. Is she about to add accomplished chef to her CV?

Patrick Grant

Celebrity MasterChef Patrick Grant BBC

Fashion designer Patrick, 48, is best known for being a judge on The Great British Sewing Bee, but now the shoe is on the other foot as he becomes the contestant.

Will Kirk

Celebrity MasterChef Will Kirk BBC

The Repair Shop star Will, 36, is a furniture restorer with an eye for detail, so we’re expecting some beautiful plates from him.

Katie Price

Celebrity MasterChef Katie Price BBC

Glamour model and TV star Katie, 42, never shies away from a challenge, and she’s dropped a number of hints about how well she did in the competition. Could she be the winner?

Dion Dublin

Celebrity MasterChef Dion Dublin BBC

Footballer-turned-TV-presenter Dion, 51, was a striker at Manchester United and now helps people achieve their property goals on Homes Under the Hammer.

Johannes Radebe

Celebrity MasterChef Johannes Radebe BBC

Strictly Come Dancing pro Johannes, 33, is known for his elegance on the dancefloor and will be hoping to prove he doesn’t put a foot wrong in the kitchen, either.

Gavin Esler

Celebrity MasterChef Gavin Esler BBC

Scottish journalist, TV presenter and author Gavin, 68, has hosted Newsnight and BBC News at Five. Could he be reading out the headline that he’s won the cookery contest?

Kadeena Cox

Celebrity MasterChef Kadeena Cox BBC

British parasport athlete Kadeena, 30, is a sprinter and cyclist with world titles under her belt. Can she add Celebrity MasterChef to her trophy cabinet?

Kem Cetinay

Celebrity MasterChef Kem Cetinay BBC

Love Island winner Kem, 24, has gone on to become a huge TV star since the dating show and his strongest relationship turned out to be his bromance with Chris Hughes. He continued his reality contest success by placing fourth in Dancing On Ice.

Joe Swash 

Celebrity MasterChef Joe Swash BBC

Cheeky chappy Joe, 39, rose to fame as Mickey Miller in EastEnders and is now well known for being Stacey Solomon’s other half. He’s already won I’m A Celebrity and Dancing On Ice – will Celebrity MasterChef make it a hat trick?

Melissa Johns

Celebrity MasterChef Melissa Johns BBC

Actor Melissa, 31, may be recognisable to viewers for her roles in Coronation Street as Imogen Pascoe, and her starring role in Mike Bartlett’s series Life.

Michelle Collins

Celebrity MasterChef Michelle Collins BBC

EastEnders legend Michelle, 59, is loved by many for her long-running role as Cindy Beale, but she also defected to Corrie and spent a few years behind the bar or the Rovers as landlady Stella Price. Watch out for her episode to see whether she’ll be cooking hotpot or jellied eels.


Celebrity MasterChef Bez BBC

Best known as the Happy Mondays percussionist and dancer, 56-year-old DJ Bez has also dabbled in local politics – and now he’s taking on cooking.

When does Celebrity MasterChef start?

Gregg Wallace on Celebrity MasterChef 2020 BBC

So far, we've only been told that the new series will air in the summer of 2021.

Keep checking back for a confirmed date.

Who are the former Celebrity MasterChef winners?

Fifteen famous faces from the worlds of sport, TV and music have been crowned Celebrity MasterChef champion since the spin-off began in 2006. They are: 

2006 Matt Dawson - England rugby player

2007 Nadia Sawalha - Actress and TV presenter

2008 Liz McClarnon - Atomic Kitten singer

2009 Jayne Middlemiss - TV and radio presenter

2010 Lisa Faulkner - Actress

2011 Phil Vickery - England rugby player

2012 Emma Kennedy - Author, actress and TV presenter

2013 Ade Edmondson - Comedian and actor

2014 Sophie Thompson - EastEnders actress

2015 Kimberly Wyatt - Pussycat Dolls singer

2016 Alexis Conran - TV presenter

2017 Angellica Bell - TV presenter

2018 John Partridge - EastEnders actor

2019 Greg Rutherford - Olympic long jump champion

2020 Riyadh Khalaf - YouTuber

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