Celebrity MasterChef 2020: when does it air, who are the Celebrity MasterChef contestants and what can you expect to see?

Everything you need to know about the cooking competition full of famous faces

Updated on 15 July 2020 • Written By Henry Coldstream

Celebrity MasterChef 2020: when does it air, who are the Celebrity MasterChef contestants and what can you expect to see?

If you had started to wonder when the next big cooking competition was going to hit our screens, then wonder no more. Celebrity MasterChef is back for its 15th series in 2020, so get ready to see some cooking calamities, stressed faces and maybe even the odd surprise from some household names. While it may be slightly lighter hearted than both regular MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals, the format of Celebrity MasterChef is largely similar and just as addictive. So in no time at all you’ll have your favourites who you’ll be cheering on from the sofa.

Spread over five weeks, the series will see 20 celebrity contestants take part in a variety of different challenges as they all vie for the prestigious Celebrity MasterChef crown. However, if past series of Celebrity MasterChef are anything to go by, there will be a mixture of different cooking abilities on show. This means that we can expect everything from the sublime to the ridiculous particularly in the earlier stages of the series.

With past winners including Greg Rutherford, Kimberley Wyatt and Phil Vickery, this year’s celebrities will be desperate to add their own name to the list. Although you may think that the celebrities are just taking part for fun, Celebrity MasterChef has even been the start of something bigger for a few past winners. Series five winner Lisa Faulkner has now written multiple cook books and has also gone on to host a variety of different cookery shows including one with her now husband and MasterChef judge, John Torode. Now there’s a fairytale ending if ever we’ve heard one.


Below, we have rounded up all the information you need to know about Celebrity MasterChef 2020, including where and when you can watch it, who the contestants are, and what challenges they will be taking part in. We will be regularly updating this page so keep checking back for the latest information about the series.

Frequently asked questions about Celebrity MasterChef 2020

When is Celebrity Masterchef 2020 on?

Series 15 of Celebrity Masterchef started on Wednesday 1 July and will take place over 5 weeks, airing on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at either 8 or 9pm (changes every week).

What Channel is Celebrity Masterchef on?

Celebrity Masterchef airs on BBC One and each episode will then be available to stream on BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

Who are the 2020 Celebrity MasterChef contestants?

The line-up for the 2020 edition of Celebrity MasterChef has been unveiled. Celebrities taking part include a former Blue Peter host, a grime artist, and the mother of a certain British tennis player.

Check out all of the contestants that will be appearing on Celebrity MasterChef 2020 below:

Amar Latif

Actor, entrepeneur and TV presenter Amar Latif is the first blind contestant ever to take part on the show.

Baga Chips

Having reached the final of the first UK series of Rupaul's Drag Race, Baga Chipz will be sure to provide a few laughs this series.

Crissy Rock

Best known for her performances in 1994 film Ladybird, Ladybird, as well as in long-running TV show Benidorm, Crissy Rock is an award-winning actor and stand-up comedian.

Dom Littlewood

Dom Littlewood has outed his fair share of crooks over the years on TV shows such as Fake Britain and Saints and Scroungers, but how will he fair in the kitchen?

Felicity Montagu

Having starred in films including Bridget Jones's Diary and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, actress Felciity Montagu will be a familiar face for many viewers.

Gethin Jones

Ex-Blue Peter host presenter Gethin Jones isn't a newby to TV competitions, having come third in Strictly Come Dancing back in 2007.

Jeff Brazier

Reality TV star and presenter Jeff Brazier has taken part in everything from Celebrity Wife Swap to Dancing on Ice, but how will his cooking stand up?

John Barnes

Former-football player and manager John Barnes is now best known as a pundit and commentator for ESPN.

Judi Love

Stand-up comedian and radio presenter Judi Love is also a panelist on ITV chat show Loose Women.

Judy Murray

Britain's most famous tennis mum, Judy Murray is predominantly a coach when she's not off supporting her rather successful sons, but has also taken part in shows such as Strictly Come Dancing.

Karen Gibson

Conducter and workshop leader of The Kingdom Choir, Karen Gibson most famously conducted the performance of 'Stand By Me' at Prince Harry and Megan Markle's wedding in 2018.

Lady Leshurr

British grime artist Lady Leshurr can certainly freestyle when it comes to rap, but how well will she cope when it comes to food.

Myles Stephenson

Member of X-Factor-winning band Rak-Su, Myles Stephenson also took part in the 2019 series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Pete Wicks

Nicknamed The Essex Pirate, Pete Wicks became a household name after regularly appearing on ITV's The Ony Way Is Essex.

Phil Daniels

If you don't recognise Phil Daniels's face from Eastenders, you'll certainly recognise his voice from Blur's hit song Parklife.

Riyadh Khalaf

YouTube sensation Riyadh Khalaf has amassed over 300,000 subscribers and has become particularly well-known for the work he does with the LGBTQ+ community.

Sam Quek

Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek had her starring moment at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she was part of Great Britain's triumphant women's hockey team.

Shyko Amos

British actor Shyko Amos rose to fame playing Officer Ruby Patterson in BBC's Death in Paradise and also appeared in A Very English Scandal

Sir Matthew Pinsent

Another Olympian, rower Sir Matthew Pinsent won four Olympic gold medals in a row as well as 10 World Championships golds. Let's hope he's as good in the kitchen as he is on water.

Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner won himself a lot of fans while competing on the most recent series of BBC's The Apprentice. His gung-ho attitude could go one of two ways in the MasterChef kitchen...

Who are the judges on Celebrity MasterChef?

Presenters and judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace will return once again to dish out their critiques for Celebrity MasterChef 2020. The pair will also be joined ocassionally by guest judges, the names of whom will be revealed as the programme airs.

What are the Celebrity MasterChef 2020 challenges? 

While the challenges change a bit every series of Celebrity MasterChef, you can expect favourites such as the MasterChef Market Challenge where contestants have to devise a dish on the spot using only the provided produce, as well as the Pairs Challenge where contestants attempt to cook identical dishes with a wall in between them. As well as these, there will be mass-catering tasks, challenges involving cooking for fomer Celebrity MasterChef winners, and the celebrities will even have to try their hand at cooking in a professional kitchen.

Which restaurants are featured on Celebrity MasterChef 2020?

Every year the contestants have the opportunity to cook in a variety of professional kitchens in London and sometimes further afield. Below is a list of the restaurants featured on the show, which will be regularly updated:

Heat 1: John, Myles and Judi cooked at Allegra in Stratford. Thomas and Shyko cooked at Yeni in Soho.

Heat 2: Karen, Dominic and Sam cooked at Cinnamon Kitchen in Battersea. Baga and Phil cooked at Copper & Ink in Blackheath Village.

Heat 3: Gethin, Jeff and Lady Leshurr cooked at Pomona's. Felicity and Amar cooked at Mortimer House Kitchen.

Who won the last series of Celebrity MasterChef?

After five weeks of challenges, Olympic gold medal-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford was declared the winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2019, beating Neil Ruddock and Vicky Pattinson in the final. His winning menu in the final consisted of a scotch egg on a rosti nest, followed by crusted lamb cutlets with hassleback potatoes, and shortcrust biscuit topped with a dark chocolate cremeux for dessert.

Where is Celebrity MasterChef filmed?

Celebrity MasterChef has been filmed at 3 Mills Studios in East London since 2014. The film and television studio has also been used as a recording space for several other popular television programmes, such as Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live, Million Pound Drop Live and Stand Up To Cancer.


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