Celebrity MasterChef is back for 2019 and the competition is set to heat up. The popular cooking show, now in its 14th series, sees famous faces pitched against each other to prove their culinary skills and fight for the Celebrity MasterChef crown.
The series typically features three budding cooks per episode who compete in a series of heats, before those with the most ability move through to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and eventually the final.
It’s not yet known exactly what challenges the celebrity contestants will face this year, but previous challenges have included cooking for Lords and Ladies, and having to create dishes to be served at top London restaurants, such as Mayfair’s Sartoria.
There are some challenges that take place every year, so you can expect to see those coming around again. These include The Market Test, where contestants have to invent a dish with ingredients from a food market laid out for them by the production company, and The Impression Test, in which participants have to cook a two-course meal in 75 minutes for past winners and finalists of Celebrity MasterChef.
Who is on Celebrity MasterChef 2019?
The line-up for the 2019 edition of Celebrity MasterChef has been unveiled. This year’s clutch of famous faces includes an Olympian, reality TV stars, a long-serving soap actor and a BBC weather presenter. The team of celebrities will all compete to take the coveted MasterChef crown when the series begins this summer.
Check out all of the contestants that will be appearing on Celebrity MasterChef 2019 below:
Joey Essex (featured image)
Former TOWIE cast member Joey is no stranger to reality television shows, having also appeared on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and his own string of shows following his exploits, including Educating Joey Essex. The star is famous for his lack of general knowledge, so viewers will no doubt be curious to see how he fares in the kitchen.
Olympian Greg’s long-jumping skills helped him to bag a gold medal at London 2012, as part of the now legendary Super Saturday which saw Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis Hill also achieve gold medals in their respective fields. The 32-year-old is now retired, and shares two young sons with his wife Susie.
The actor is best known for his portrayal of Ian Beale in EastEnders, a role he has played for more than 30 years. Woodyatt has appeared in more than 4,000 episodes of the primetime soap opera and his character has faced plenty of hard times, including becoming homeless and dealing with the murder of his daughter Lucy by his youngest son Bobby.
TV personality Vicky originally gained notoriety for her crazy antics on reality show Geordie Shore. She left the series in 2014 and went on to present her own show Judge Geordie. Since then, she has joined the panel of daytime talk show Loose Women and has co-presented I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp.
Dr Alex George
Bumbling Dr Alex found fame on last year’s series of Love Island, winning over fans with his hapless attempts at finding love. The doctor eventually coupled up with fellow islander Alexandra Cane and the pair finished fourth, but they are no longer in a relationship. Since the show, Dr Alex has been juggling his NHS job with his newfound fame.
Oti first burst onto television screens as one of the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing, where she was most recently paired up with former English cricketer Graeme Swann. She also plays the part of judge on the BBC’s The Greatest Dancer, alongside singer Cheryl Cole and Glee star Matthew Morrison.
DJ Rickie first gained fame hosting the breakfast show every morning on KISS FM, with co presenters Melvin Odoom and Charlie Hedges. The trio presented the show from 2007 to 2019, but in April of this year moved to BBC Radio One, where they now front the late night show from 9-11pm four nights a week.
Neil “Razor” Ruddock
Former footballer Neil made his name playing for England, as well as at clubs Millwall and Tottenham Hotspur. He’s no stranger to reality television though, having appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2004 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2013. He also regularly pops up on James Corden’s panel show A League of Their Own.
Dame Zandra Rhodes
Fashion designer Zandra made a name for herself with her bold textiles and signature bright pink bob. Rhodes is the founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, which was opened in May 2003 by Princess Michael of Kent. She was also honoured with a CBE in 1997 by Princess Anne, for her services to the fashion industry.
Martha was the lead singer of Mowton all-female vocal group Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, who gained international success in the 1960s with smash hits such as ‘Dancing in the Street’. Other than their signature single, they’ve also released other successful tunes, including ‘Heatwave’, ‘Nowhere to Run’ and ‘Quicksand’.
66-year-old boxing promoter Kellie is best known for her time managing Lennox Lewis. She also won praise for publicly coming out as a trans woman and has since fronted a show about her transition journey on Channel 5, called Kellie Maloney: No Going Back. She also appeared on the 2017 series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Jenny is most well known for being The Vixen on ITV quiz show The Chase, which is hosted by actor Bradley Walsh. The show is a ratings hit and like MasterChef, has its own celebrity spin-off. The rules of play are exactly the same as the regular show, although any money won is donated to a charity of the participating celebrity’s choice.
Former Gogglebox cast member Dom gained fame for his witty commentary about the nation’s favourite television programmes, alongside his wife Steph. The pair have now left the show that made their name, but they have appeared on one-off programmes such as Steph and Dom's One Star to Five Star, where they try to help struggling hotels achieve a five star rating in just five days.
Stand-up comedian Josie first came to prominence back in 2006, when she won a Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then, she’s gone on to have a successful career in comedy, but she has also tried out script writing and television presenting. She currently hosts a podcast about parenting with her husband Jonny.
French actress Elizabeth is best known to the public for playing the role of Catherine Bordey in the BBC’s comedy drama, Death in Paradise. The show follows a bumbling detective inspector who finds himself being transferred from his post in London to the Caribbean island of Saint-Marie and has being airing since 2011.
26-year-old Mim is a BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ and documentary maker. In 2018, he fronted a documentary which aired on BBC3, called Mim Shaikh: Finding Dad. The highly emotional programme followed Mim’s personal journey to find the dad that he has never known and has no memory of.
Unlike his name suggests, Judge Jules is actually a DJ and entertainment lawyer. In 1995, he was voted best DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, and has scored a string of hits in the charts. It’s been a while since he’s last appeared on television, having previously popped up on Channel Five's 5th Gear back in 2009.
The BBC weatherman was voted the most popular weather presenter in the UK in 2017, having won viewers over with his charm. He can be seen or heard predicting the forecasts on the BBC News Channel, Radio 4 or Radio 5 Live. He also hit headlines in 2018 when he and fellow news presenter Simon McCoy caught a case of the giggles during a live broadcast.
You wouldn’t want to mess with Dillian – he’s a professional boxer and former kickboxing champion. Dillian has held multiple regional heavyweight championships, including the WBC Silver title since 2017, the WBO International title since 2018, and previously the British title from 2016 to 2017. He’s also been in the press for his ongoing feud with fellow boxer Tyson Fury (who’s younger brother Tommy is currently appearing on Love Island).
Former Marine Andy first found fame when he attempted to become the world’s fastest amputee. Andy lost his right leg at just 20 years old, after being hit by a bomb while on duty in Afghanistan. He went on to become an award-winning middle distance runner, but these days he spends his time giving inspirational speeches about his fascinating life story.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Celebrity MasterChef 2019
When is Celebrity MasterChef on?
Celebrity MasterChef 2019 will air this summer, although the exact start date has yet to be confirmed.
What channel is Celebrity MasterChef on?
Celebrity MasterChef 2019 airs on BBC One, four times a week. After each episode, the show is available to stream on BBC iPlayer for a limited time.
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 2019. Throughout the series, the pair will be joined by guest judges, the names of whom will be revealed as the programme airs.
Who won Celebrity MasterChef?
The most recent series of Celebrity MasterChef was won by former EastEnders actor John Partridge. Children’s television presenter Angelica Bell took the crown in 2017, while other former winners include Sophie Thompson, Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy and Phil Vickery.
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.
What time is Celebrity MasterChef on?
Celebrity MasterChef airs on BBC One at 8pm four times a week.
How can you apply for Celebrity MasterChef?
The celebrity edition of the show is not open to the general public, but amateur cooks can apply to be on the regular MasterChef programme via the show’s official website.
Celebrity MasterChef contestants, where are they now?
Various winners of the show have continued to live their lives in the public eye. The first ever Celebrity MasterChef winner was presenter Matt Dawson, who took the crown in 2006 and continues to be a panellist on A Question of Sport. 2008 winner Liz McClarnon reunited with her Atomic Kitten bandmates for a reunion tour in 2012 and has also gone on to win an episode of Pointless Celebrities, while 2010 winner Lisa Faulkner turned her life around following the show, going on to release three cookbooks, as well as appearing on the likes of Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch.
Partaking in the show can lead to great things – check out our interview with MasterChef alum Adam Handling.