Celebrity MasterChef 2020 full line-up: Who are this year’s celeb cast? When does the series start? Who are the former winners?

John Torode and Gregg Wallace are back on BBC One to sample the very best (and worst) dishes that 20 celebrities are serving up in a new series of Celebrity MasterChef.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 29 July 2020 - 5.06pm
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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.

Who is in the Celebrity MasterChef semi-final?

Eight celebs have made it through the semi-finals and will take on challenges including a mass catering challenge at an event for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind and preparing a dish for top chef Aldo Zilli.

Battling for the title of Celebrity MasterChef champion 2020 are Judi Love, Apprentice candidate Thomas Skinner, Olympian Sam Quek, former EastEnders actor Phil Daniels, blind travel presenter Amar Latif, TV presenter Gethin Jones, YouTuber and broadcaster Riyadh Khalaf and Olympian Sir Matthew Pinsent.

When is the Celebrity MasterChef final?

Make sure you've got your BT box to series record, because you could easily miss the dramatic finale to this year's series.

After four weeks of Heats, the remaining contestants battle it out in three episodes this week, airing on Wednesday (July 29) and Thursday (July 30).

The semi-finals air at 9pm on Wednesday and 7.30pm on Thursday.

And in some unusual scheduling, the final follows immediately after at 8.30pm on Thursday.

Who are this year's Celebrity MasterChef contestants?

Judy Murray

Judy Murray in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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Tennis coach Judy Murray is taking part in Celebrity MasterChef 2020.

Judy is also well known for being the mother of Tennis legend, Andy Murray.

She previously took part in Strictly Come Dancing series 12, dancing with Anton Du Beke.

Shyko Amos

Shyko Amos in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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Shyko Amos plays Ruby Patterson in smash hit BBC detective series Death in Paradise.

She’s also appeared in A Very English Scandal and on the stage in Mamma Mia!, In Time and Once On This Island.

Phil Daniels

 
Phil Daniels in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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The English actor is best known for playing Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Kevin Wicks in EastEnders and guesting on Blur’s classic Britpop single Parklife.

Felicity Montagu

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The Yorkshire-born actress is best known for playing Alan Partridge’s long-suffering assistant Lynn in the TV series I'm Alan Partridge as well as in Steve Coogan's character's big-screen outing, Alpha Papa.

She’s also appeared in the Dad’s Army movie, Bridget Jones’s Diary and TV series Nighty Night, Suburban Shootout and Doc Martin.

Crissy Rock

Crissy Rock in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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Actress and stand-up comedian Crissy Rock is best known for playing Maggie Conlan in the 1994 film Ladybird, Janey York in ITV’s Benidorm and for taking part in the 2011 series of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Judi Love

Judi Love in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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A stand-up comedian and radio presenter, many viewers will know Judi as a new member of the Loose Women panel.

Myles Stephenson

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Myles Stephenson is a member of the band Rak-Su, who found fame when they won the 2017 series of X Factor.

The singer also took part in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last year.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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A rapper, singer and producer, Solihull’s Lady Leshurr is best known for her Queen’s Speech series and her freestyles.

Leshurr is a MOBO winner and has also turned her hand to acting as one of the leads in the movie 1 Day.

Gethin Jones

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The Welsh TV presenter found fame when he joined the Blue Peter team in 2005.

He’s previously taken part in Strictly Come Dancing, coming third in 2007, and has been a stand-in presenter on The One Show.

Dom Littlewood

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A TV presenter and journalist, Dom Littlewood is well known for his distinct style of no-nonsense consumer television with series such as Fake Britain, Cowboy Builders and Don’t Get Done, Get Dom.

He was also previously a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

Jeff Brazier

Jeff Brazier in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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After being  a breakout star of Channel 4 reality series Shipwrecked, Brazier became well known for his relationship with late Big Brother star Jade Goody.

He’s also previously taken part in the ITV celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice.

Karen Gibson

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Karen Gibson is a choir conductor with London’s The Kingdom Choir.

Viewers may remember the Kingdom Choir's gospel performance of Stand by Me at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

Riyadh Khalaf

Riyadh Khalaf in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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Riyadh is a TV and radio broadcaster, YouTube content creator, author, podcast host and LGBTQ+ activist. His YouTube channel has amassed over 50 million views 

He presents BBC Three's acclaimed documentary series Queer Britain, official BBC podcast Obsessed with.. Normal People and Radio 1 podcast Unexpected Fluids.  

Sam Quek MBE

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The Team GB hockey star won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Since the Olympics, Quek has enjoyed a successful media and pundit career, working for BT Sport, the BBC and Channel 5.

She also took part in the 2016 series of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE

Matthew Pinsent in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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One of Great Britain’s greatest ever athletes, rower Matthew Pinsent won 10 world championship gold medals and four Olympic golds.

He partnered Sir Steve Redgrave in three of his Olympic gold medal victories.

Baga Chipz

Baga Chipz in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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A breakout star from the first series of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Baga Chipz finished second on the BBC Three reality series.

Pete Wicks

Pete Wicks in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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Nicknamed ‘The Essex Pirate’, Wicks first found fame on ITV2 series The Only Way Is Essex.

Since then he’s appeared on Celebrity First Dates Hotel and Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

John Barnes MBE

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One of England’s greatest ever footballers, John Barnes playing for Liverpool, Watford, Newcastle and England in the 80s and 90s.

Since retiring, he’s worked as a manager, presenter and pundit.

Amar Latif

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Amar Latif is a blind travel presenter, actor, director, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. You may have seen him previously on TV on Beyond Boundaries, River Walks and How To Get Fit Fast.

He is the founder and director of Traveleyes, the world's first commercial international air tour operator company to specialise in serving blind as well as sighted travellers

Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner in the Celebrity MasterChef Kitchen BBC
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The former Apprentice candidate describes himself on Twitter as a “professional beer drinker” and “full time geeza”. We suspect he’ll get on well with Gregg and John.

Skinner owns the the Fluffy Pillow Company, a business selling beds, mattresses and pillows.

When does Celebrity MasterChef start?

Gregg Wallace on Celebrity MasterChef 2020 BBC
Ep1

Celebrity MasterChef airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

It continues on Fridays at 7.30pm.

Each week, five contestants will enter the kitchen, with one going through to the semi-finals.

Who won heat one?

The first five celebrities were singer Myles Stephenson, Apprentice cadidate Thomas Skinner,  comic Judi Love, football legend John Barnes and actor Shyko Amos.

Judi Love and Thomas Skinner were voted through to the semi-finals by John and Gregg.

Who won heat two?

Olympian Sam Quek was the runaway sensation in heat two and is the early favourite to win the series.

She will be joined in the semi-finals by former EastEnders actor Phil Daniels.

Who won heat three?

Blind travel presenter Amar Latif and TV presenters Gethin Jones grabbed spots in the semi-final after impressing Gregg and John.

Amar, the first ever blind contestant on the show, has stunned viewers with his abilities in the kitchen.

"Two weeks ago I wasn't able to cook any of this at all. Now I'm able to experiment and create my own touches," he said.

Who won heat four

YouTuber and broadcaster Riyadh Khalaf and Olympian Sir Matthew Pinsent triumphed in the final week of heats.

TOWIE star Pete Wicks, tennis coach and broadcaster Judy Murray and and actor and comedian Crissy Rock were knocked out.

What tasks and challenges will the celebrities face?

Filmed before COVID-19 lockdown, the first four weeks will whittle down the celebrities ahead of the semi-final and final.

The top celebrity cooks will then endure more nerve-racking and exhilarating challenges, including mass catering from tents for 100 people for a special anniversary lunch, taking a tricky take-away themed Invention Test, and and cooking for one of country’s most popular chefs, Aldo Zilli 

Who are the former Celebrity MasterChef winners?

Greg Rutherford with the Celebrity MasterChef winner's trophy last year BBC

Fourteen 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

2007 Nadia Sawalha

2008 Liz McClarnon

2009 Jayne Middlemiss

2010 Lisa Faulkner

2011 Phil Vickery

2012 Emma Kennedy

2013 Ade Edmondson

2014 Sophie Thompson

2015 Kimberly Wyatt

2016 Alexis Conran

2017 Angellica Bell

2018 John Partridge

2019 Greg Rutherford