BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef serves up series 12

BBC One’s ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ is back soon, with 20 stars from the worlds of sport and show business.

In series 12, the contestants will once again take part in an assortment of culinary challenges, under the eyes of judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Tasks range from include identifying mystery ingredients and cooking in top-class restaurant kitchens, to catering for huge numbers and creating world-class pastry.

They will also cook for food critics and past show winners in their bid to win the crown of Celebrity MasterChef champion for 2017.

The line-up of contestants is: opera star Lesley Garrett, seven times world snooker champion Stephen Hendry, comedian, actor and presenter Jim Moir (better known as Vic Reeves), actor and director Nick Moran, pop stars Rachel Stevens and Jaymi Hensley, actor Brian Bovell, French tennis player Henri Leconte, actor and comedian Abdullah Afzal, broadcaster Dev Griffin, TV presenter Angellica Bell, double Olympic gold medallist Becky Adlington, presenter Julia Somerville, TV personality and presenter Debbie McGee, actor and presenter Tyger Drew-Honey, children’s TV presenter Barney Harwood, writer and TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson, Radio and TV journalist Aasmah Mir, singer and actress Patti Boulaye OBE and presenter and parish priest Reverend Kate Bottley.

BBC commissioning editor Carla-Maria Lawson said: “‘Celebrity MasterChef’ is an astonishing test of culinary ability from people who are not recognised for their talents in the kitchen. Every year we’re blown away by their gastronomic prowess and this year doesn’t disappoint.

“The line-up is one of the strongest we’ve ever seen and we hope it will entertain and tantalise viewers in equal measure.”

The winner will follow in the footsteps of previous winners Alexis Conran, Kimberly Wyatt, Sophie Thompson, Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner, Jayne Middlemiss, Liz McClarnon, Nadia Sawalha and Matt Dawson.

The series comprises 12 programmes broadcast over six weeks.


L-r: Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace

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