Celebrity MasterChef: When does it start? Who are the judges and contestants? Everything you need to know

Which of these famous faces would be a dream dinner host, and who’d be better off with a takeaway?

By Katie Archer Published: 8 January 2020 - 3.30pm
Joey Essex on Celebrity MasterChef

Ever wondered what it would be like to have your favourite celeb cook dinner for you?

Celebrity MasterChef gives us a heads up on who would be worth accepting an invitation from as famous contestants battle it out in the kitchen to prove their culinary skills.

Find out all you need to know about who’s taking part in the next series, and when you can see it.

When is Celebrity MasterChef back on TV?

There hasn’t been an official air date released for Celebrity MasterChef yet, but we do know that it’s due to return to BBC One this summer.

Expect the series to last for six weeks as the contestants are whittled down to find the champion of cooks.

Who are the judges?

Just like with the main series, the contestants will need to impress regular judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

There’s nothing the pair don’t know about a good meal, and as they’re fond of saying, cooking doesn’t get tougher than this.



Cooks will also find themselves at the mercy of a host of guest judges including well-known food critics, famous chefs, and some of their Celebrity MasterChef predecessors.

Which celebrities are taking part?

A total of 20 celebrity contestants will be donning their chefs’ whites in the hope of reaching the final.

They include actors Adam Woodyatt and Elizabeth Bourgine, dancer Oti Mabuse, radio presenters Mim Shaikh and Rickie Haywood-Williams, comedian Josie Long, Motown legend Martha Reeves, and designer Dame Zandra Rhodes. 


Also taking part are TV personalities Vicky Pattison, Dom Parker, Dr Alex George and Joey Essex, boxing manager and transgender campaigner Kellie Maloney, weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker, professional quizzer Jenny Ryan, and DJ Judge Jules.

Completing the line-up are sporting stars Greg Rutherford, Dillian Whyte, Andy Grant, and Neil “Razor” Ruddock.

What are the challenges?

Each heat begins with five celebrities taking on the dreaded invention test with a range of ingredients to choose from in the kitchen, followed by a trip to cook in a professional restaurant and then a final chance to cook for John and Gregg.

Next up is the pairs challenge, where celebrities are split into teams of two and need to produce the same meal despite being divided by a screen, before taking on the mass catering challenge which this year will visit London Zoo, Dagenham’s Ford Factory, the Met Police training centre, and a posh girls’ school.

The following item on the menu involves cooking two courses for former contestants which will hopefully secure a place in the semi-final, where they’ll cater a feast for the Coastguards and then each present their own dishes to renowned restaurant critics.

Finals week will see the remaining trio cook for some of the world’s most respected chefs, and then whip up one last three-course meal for John and Gregg.

Celebrity MasterChef returns to BBC One this summer.