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Celebrity MasterChef 2021 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Repair Shop star Will, 36, is a furniture restorer with an eye for detail, so we’re expecting some beautiful plates from him.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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