If you’re eagerly awaiting the next big cooking competition to hit our screens, then you’ll be pleased to know that Celebrity Masterchef is back for its 18th series - in fact, the show has already kicked off as of 2 August! So get ready for 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 the same and equally as addictive. So, before you know it, you’ll have your favourites that you’re cheering on to win.
Spread over six weeks, the series will see 20 celebrity contestants take part in a variety of different challenges as they all vie for the prestigious crown. However, if past series 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.
Past winners include Greg Rutherford, Kimberley Wyatt and last years winner Lisa Snowdon, who beat Danny Jones and Mel Blatt in the final. Although you might assume that the celebrities are just taking part for fun, the show has been the start of something bigger for many of the past winners. Series five winner Lisa Faulkner has now written multiple cookbooks and has also gone on to host a variety of different cookery shows including one with her now-husband and MasterChef judge, John Torode - 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 2023, 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.
When does the new season start?
The new season began on 2 August.
Where can I watch Celebrity MasterChef 2023?
All episodes will air on BBC One and are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Who are the contestants this year?
Find out the 20 lucky celebrities who will be cooking for the crown this year!
Amy Walsh, 37, is an actor who is known for her role as Tracy Shankley in ITV's Emmerdale. She is also the sister of Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh.
Apl.de.Ap, 48, is a rapper and member of the iconic group Black Eyed Peas.
Cheryl Hole, 29, is a Drag Race UK star who took part in the first British series of the BBC Three programme.
Dani Dyer, 26, is a reality TV star who appeared on Love Island, and recent mum-of-three. She is also the daughter of actor Danny Dyer.
Dave Benson Phillips
Dave Benson Phillips, 58, is a TV presenter and entertainer best known for his work on children's programmes including Get Your Own Back.
Dianne Buswell, 34, is a Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer.
Jamelia, 42, is an actor, singer and TV presenter who can occasionally be found on the Loose Women panel.
James Buckley, 35, is an actor who played Jay Cartwright in the comedy series The Inbetweeners.
DJ Locksmith, 34, is a musician who is better known for being the main man behind the group Rudimental.
Luca Bish, 23, is a reality TV star who appeared on Love Island, who had previously worked at his family's fishmonger business.
Marcus Brigstocke, 50, is a comedian who can be found on the radio, TV and even on the stage.
Max George, 34, is a singer and member of The Wanted.
Mica Ven, 44, is a Gogglebox star who could regularly found on the sofa alongside her partner Marcus
Michael Praed, 63, is an actor best known for his role as Robin of Loxley in the 1980s series Robin of Sherwood.
Remi Burgz is a radio broadcaster on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Richie Anderson, 35, is a radio personality who appears on Zoe Ball's Breakfast Show.
Sam Fox, 57 is a singer and former glamour model.
Shazia Mirza, 46 is a comedian, published columnist and TV star.
Terry Christian, 63, is a TV broadcaster and journalist.
Wynne Evans, 51, is a Welsh opera singer and known to many as the 'Go Compare Man'.
Who won Celebrity MasterChef 2023?
The winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2023 was opera singer and broadcaster Wynne Evans. After 20 amateur cooks battled it out over six weeks, the grand final saw three contestants go head to head to be crowned the winner, including Amy Walsh, Luca Bish and Wynne Evans.
The opera singer impressed judges John Torrode and Gregg Wallace with a meal of tuna tartare, Welsh lamb and bara brith.
Wynne is the 18th person to become a Celebrity MasterChef winner.
Who was in the final of Celebrity MasterChef 2023?
The contestants taking part in the final of Celebrity MasterChef 2023 were Amy Walsh, Wynne Evans, Jamelia, Max George and Luca Bish.
Who was eliminated from Celebrity MasterChef 2023?
Of course, not everyone could make it through to the Celebrity MasterChef finals. Below are the contestants that were eliminated across the six-week series.
- James Buckley
- Dani Dyer
- Remi Burgz
- Dave Benson Phillips
- Terry Christian
- Michael Praed
- Dianne Buswell
- Mica Ven
- Marcus Brigstocke
- Shazia Mirza
- Sam Fox
- DJ Locksmith
- Cheryl Hole
What happens in the Celebrity MasterChef final?
After weeks of intense heats, the next stage of the competition is the semi-final, where contestants battle it out for a place in the final and the chance to take the Celebrity MasterChef crown. The final week of the competition sees the remaining celebrities have to impress well-known celebrity chefs with their cooking. In the final itself, the three finalists have to cook a perfect three-course meal for John and Gregg.
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 2023. The pair will also be joined occasionally by guest judges, the names of whom will be revealed as the programme airs.
What were the Celebrity MasterChef 2023 challenges?
While the challenges change a bit every series of Celebrity MasterChef, you can expect favourites such as the market challenge where contestants have to devise a dish on the spot using only the provided produce, and 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 former Celebrity MasterChef winners, and the celebrities will even have to try their hand at cooking in a professional kitchen.
Which restaurants were featured on Celebrity MasterChef 2023?
Every year the contestants have the opportunity to cook in a variety of professional kitchens in London and sometimes further afield. In 2023, these included cooking at chef Robin Gill's restaurant Darby's in the penultimate challenge.
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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