Celebrity MasterChef 2017: Everything you need to know about this year’s show

Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is making its way back to our screens with a full-line up of stars ready to battle it out to become champion!

Celebrity MasterChef 2017 will be returning to BBC One tonight (Wednesday 16th August), and we can’t wait to see John Torode and Gregg Wallace back in the kitchen again with the celebrity hopefuls.

Last year the king of the celebrity kitchen was The Real Hustle star Alexis Conran, who beat BBC presenter Louise Minchin and American singer Jimmy Osmond in the final.

John Torode and Gregg Wallace will return to our screens later this year with another edition of Celebrity MasterChef

The winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2017 will join the likes of Kimberly Wyatt, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner, Nadia Sawalha and Matt Dawson in the line-up of previous winners.

Celebrity MasterChef 2017 contestants

Last year’s MasterChef contestants included Tina Malone, Sinitta, Amy Childs and Strictly’s Gleb Savchenko, but who will join Gregg and John in the kitchen this year?

Rachel Stevens

The S Club 7 star is the first celebrity to be officially signed up for this year’s edition of the BBC cooking show.

A source told the Sun: ‘Rachel loves cooking and can’t wait to get into the kitchen. She’s a keen amateur chef and won’t be going home without a fight.’

We’re rooting for Rachel to do well, but she’s previously admitted to not being a great cook.

Speaking to the MailOnline, she’s said: ‘I’m learning to cook. It’s not my forté, but I try and balance my portion sizes.’

The singer had also revealed she loves carbs, so we can expect plenty of delicious pasta dishes when she joins the programme.

‘I love my carbs, especially in winter. I know it’s boring to say, but running after the kids helps me keep in shape.

‘Diets don’t work. I just eat healthily little and often. And I have a hardcore trainer who puts me through my paces. I’m like anyone else. Sometimes you feel great and other times you don’t.’

Rebecca Adlington

The former competitive swimmer, who specialised in freestyle events in international competitions and won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, will also be one of the celebs joining the MasterChef kitchen.

Debbie McGee

The stage performer and magician assistant, who lost her husband Paul Daniels last year, will be competing against the other celebrities for the top prize!

Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika, a Swedish television presenter who lives and works in the UK, became famous for being a weather presenter before moving on to present Gladiators and become a team captain on the show Shooting Stars.

Jaymi Hensley

Union J member Jaymi first shot to fame on The X Factor in 2011 for his singing skills but will he have what it takes to impress Gregg and John in the kitchen?

Angellica Bell

The 41-year-old star is a British television and radio presenter form London, who’s previously been a reporter on The One Show. We wonder what kind of dishes she’ll be whipping up?

Henri Leconte

Another addition to this year’s Celebrity MasterChef line-up is former French professional tennis player Henri Leconte, who won the French Open men’s doubles title in 1984, and helped France win the Davis Cup in 1991 – but how many points can he score in the kitchen?

Patti Boulaye

The OBE British-Nigerian singer, actress and artist has had her own show, The Patti Boulaye Show. But is she a dab hand in the kitchen we wonder?

Jim Moir

Jim Moir, who’s better known by his stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, famous for his double act with Bob Mortimer.

Stephen Hendry

Stephen Gordon Hendry, MBE, is a Scottish former professional snooker player, who became the youngest professional snooker player in 1985, aged only 16. In 1990, he became the youngest-ever snooker World Champion, at the age of 21. Impressive stuff, but can he impress our MasterChef judges?

Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett, CBE is a well-known English soprano singer and musician, from South Yorkshire. She was a contestant in the first-ever series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Tyger Drew-Honey

Known for his role as Jake Brockman in the British sitcom Outnumbered, Tyger Drew-Honey is an English actor, musician, and television presenter.

Brian Bovell

Brian Bovell is an English actor from London, who featured in the cult film Babylon.

Nick Moran

Nick Moran is an English actor, writer, producer and director. He’s best known for his role as Eddy the card sharp in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Abdullah Afzal

Abdullah Afzal is an English actor and stand-up comedian from Manchester, known for his role as Amjad in Citizen Khan.

Dev Griffin

Dev is a British actor, radio presenter and DJ, who’s best known for presenting the weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio 1.

Barney Harwood

Barnaby John Harwood, known as “Barney” Harwood, is an English television presenter and actor, best known for his work with CBBC.

Aasmah Mir

Aasmah Mir is a Scottish television and radio presenter who is known for her work across a range of BBC radio programmes including BBC Radio London and BBC Radio 5 Live. Most recently the journalist has presented BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to great acclaim, and we can’t wait to see more of her in front of the camera.

Kate Bottley

GoggleBox favourite Kate Bottley is set to join the MasterChef ranks, and after loving her witty observations on the Channel 4 show, we can’t wait to see what she comes out with in the kitchen! When Kate isn’t amusing us from behind her TV screen, she’s a priest, a mother and a wife.

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Julia Somerville

Julia Somerville is a respected journalist and news reader who has worked at women’s magazines such as Homes and Gardens and Woman’s Own before working her way up in television to become a presenter on BBC Weekend News, BBC One and ITV Lunchtime news. Julia, who has been awarded an OBE, will no doubt bring brains and beauty to the MasterChef kitchen.

When will Celebrity MasterChef be on?

Celebrity MasterChef airs on BBC One Wednesday 16th August.

Who else would you like to see in Celebrity MasterChef this year? Let us know in the comments!