Celebrity MasterChef is back and it's bigger and better than ever! With some familiar celebrity faces and of course, our favourite dynamic duo - John Torode and Gregg Wallace, we're definitely in for a treat this series...
Celebrity MasterChef is back and it’s bigger and better than ever! With some familiar celebrity faces and of course, our favourite dynamic duo – John Torode and Gregg Wallace – we’re definitely in for a treat this series.
From a Coronation Street killer to a Boyzone hunk, there are plenty of celebrities that are chomping at the bit to get into the celebrity MasterChef kitchen and we couldn’t be more excited!
Battling it out to be crowned the MasterChef champ – 16 celebrities are going to give it their all, catering for food critics, top restaurants and of course, the judges John and Gregg.
We will be updating this gallery throughout the series telling you who’s made it through to the next, top dishes and any juicy gossip on the show of course so watch this space!
Click here to see the line-up of Celebrity MasterChef 2013 contestants…
You know him from… The Young Ones back in the day! Funny man Adrian or as he’d like to be known ‘Ade’ has been on our TV for yonks! He’s also been married to Jennifer Saunders for years and years too – aw! Comedian, actor, writer, musician – this guy is full of talent! We wonder what he’ll be like in the kitchen though?
WINNER Ade was the 2013 winner after impressing John and Gregg with his final three courses. He surprised himself with his win, saying: ‘I’m very, very chuffed, I’ve spent most of my life being second, so to actually come top it feels very weird. It feels unusual, but I’m very, very pleased indeed. It’s quite nice to be first.’ His final menu was:
Starter: pan-seared loin of venison, with a pepper crust, served with celeriac remoulade and lambs lettuce.
You know her from… The telly! She’s a media boff who worked as the Editor of The Independent on Sunday and now pops up on TV whenever she can – from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here to Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word, she knows all about the world of celebrity so she’ll be right up home in the MasterChef kitchen.
FINALIST Janet was the only women left in the competition for the finals and had consistently impressed John and Gregg with her flavours despite her presentation falling a little short. Her final menu was:
Main: Duck and goose shepherd’s pie cooked with thyme and red wine and served with Swiss chard and beetroot
Dessert: Rhubarb and crystallised ginger with vanilla and white chocolate and chilli ice cream
You know him from… Hosting Family Fortunes back in the day! Les was on our screens every Saturday night for 15 years! He’s a comedian, TV presenter and actor all in one and he’s now ready to roll up his sleeves and impress John and Gregg!
FINALIST Les hung on till the very last but was just beaten to the crown by Ade Edmondson. John and Gregg both agreed that his flavours were great but unfortunately his starter was a little too salty combining pancetta and anchovies. Here is his final three course menu:
Starter: scallops wrapped in pancetta with rainbow chard and an anchovy and rosemary butter sauce
You know him from… Coronation Street! And if you don’t recognise him with his long locks, Brian was the Street’s evil Richard Hillman (boo!) That doesn’t stop us from liking him though – we think he’s going to be a killer in the kitchen.
VOTED OUT We predicted Brian would be in it for the long haul and we were right as he made it to the the final four. In his last challenges Brian had to master the precise art of pastry and found presentation less than straightforward. For an afternoon tea challenge Brian made rhubarb macaroons and mini scotch eggs while back in the MasterChef kitchen he opted to make strawberry ice cream, a treacle and orange tart with pistachios and caramel and a creme patisserie fruit tart for john and Gregg.
You know her from… The music industry. Speech Debelle is a British rapper signed to the Big Dada record label and was the winner of the 2009 Mercury Prize – ooh la la! Looks like she wants to add another trophy to the cabinet!
VOTED OUT After making it to the semi-finals Speech was knocked out of the competition on her vegetarian dish of spicy chargrilled vegetables with spicy coconut risotto, butternut squash reduction and a beetroot and chili sauce. The contestants were asked to create a dish inspired by someone close to them and Speech chose her best friend Laura who is a vegetarian. Despite the judges thinking all elements were good individually they thought Speech hadn’t brought them together as a complete dish well enough and sadly it was her time to go.
You know him from… Boyzone! Shane is an Irish singer-songwriter and professional drift diver (we never knew that!) Shane loves a good reality TV show and MasterChef was next on the list.
VOTED OUT Shane came so close but just missed out on the finals after cooking for harsh critics who included Jay Rayner. His black olive and rosemary crusted lamb with fondant sweet potato and black olive and tomato dressing was described by Rayner as ‘the silence of the lambs’. Unfortunately the judges agreed that it wasn’t Shane’s strongest performance and said that this was the ‘first time’ they had ‘seen Shane have a disaster.’
You know her from… Live at the Apollo! Shappi is a quirky comedian who’s not afraid to voice her own opinion (we wonder if she’ll give John and Gregg an ear full!) Cracking jokes left, right and centre, we’re looking forward to seeing what she’s like in the kitchen!
VOTED OUT Shappi’s final dish was saffron fluffy rice, served Persian style with sweet and sour berberis and slow cooked herby chicken. John thought that everything was cooked beautifully but sadly it wasn’t enough to keep her in because it failed to excite the other judges. Shappi remained upbeat though saying that she felt she had done herself ‘justice whatever the outcome.’
You know her from… Playing Denise Osbourne in the ITV soap Coronation Street. Glamourous Denise, knows all about the celeb world so we think she’ll fit in perfectly in the celebrity MasterChef kitchen!
VOTED OUT despite the judges thinking that Denise had ‘very exciting and different’ flavours on her plate it was eventually her presentation which let her down. As her final dish she served monkfish coated in a yogurt and peppercorn crust with mustard seed potatoes, green beans on a mustard relish, mouli radish, carrot and pomegranate salad. Having run out of time she admitted herself that it was a ‘miracle’ that she even got it on the plate.
You know her from… ITV2 series Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show! She’s also remembered for her Beyonce moves on the Let’s Dance for Sport Relief dance floor – what a legend! We think Katy is going to full of energy and ready to impress John and Gregg.
VOTED OUT Katy made it to the through the the quarter finals but was kicked out when her dessert dish fell a little short of the mark. In the knockout showstopper round she made a chocolate tortellini in a white chocolate and cardamom sauce with a hazelnut brittle. Even for sweet toothed judge Gregg it was too much and John pronounced that it was too ‘sugartastic’- whatever that means! Poor Katy was disappointed but remained upbeat, saying: ‘That’s it I shall never touch another pan or spoon again, except in anger. No I’ve had a brilliant time!’
You know him from… The cricket pitch as a professional English cricketer! At 6ft 2inch, Matthew is going to be towering above the rest – let’s hope his cooking skills are going to be just as impressive!
VOTED OUT Matthew managed to make his way through to cook for previous Masterchef finalists but they turned out not to be very impressed with his efforts. His menu of scallops, king prawns, mango salsa and Thai curry sauce and pan fried duck breast with roasted sweet potato and stir fried vegetables with orange and sesame sauce was not received warmly. Guest judge Emma Kennedy described his duck as tasting of ‘nothing but chewing’. Ouch!
You know him from… The boxing ring! Joe is a retired Welsh professional boxer. Looks like he’s tossed in the towel and has decided to take on the thrill of the kitchen instead!
VOTED OUT Joe was praised for his homely Italian style cooking with Gregg saying that he knew what ‘good food should taste like’ and being advised to stick to Italian flavours because that is what he did well. Despite all this Joe was knocked out (sorry we couldn’t resist). He stuck with Mediterranean flavour combos with his chicken cacciatore but it wasn’t enough to wow the judges.
You know her from… The 90’s band Sugababes! Heidi is the longest-serving current member of the Sugababes. We think she’s going to work hard to impressive John and Gregg!
VOTED OUT In the professional kitchen, Heidi struggled with the pace, but when paired up with fellow contestant Katy Brand she impressed with a ‘creamy and smooth’ curry. Unfortunately that wasn’t quite enough to keep her in the competition and she was sent out after making her chosen dish for the elimination round – sea bass on vermicelli rice noodles, sesame pak choi and spicy tomato salsa. John and Gregg agreed that her fish was filleted and cooked ‘beautifully’ but that her noodles were too bland.
You know her from… Natural history and archaeological programmes. She’s a presenter on both TV and radio, she is an accomplished musician and a qualified scuba diver too – phew! No wonder she wants to get in on the MasterChef action!
VOTED OUT The judges thought that Miranda had ‘good technical ability’ but worried about her ability to wow with her food. Her dish of salmon with soy sauce, sesame oil and sherry, homemade pasta with chilli oil, creamed savoy cabbage and baby leeks sent her out. Miranda said that knew her food tasted brilliant but was worried that it wouldn’t be enough to impress John and Gregg and sadly she was right this time.
You know him from… The athletics stadium! This triple jumper fancies a trial in the MasterChef kitchen with John and Gregg – can he cut it? Well if he can jump 17.68 metres we’re sure cooking with these two will be a walk in the park!
VOTED OUT Phillips seemed to be popular amongst the contestants and the judges and got through the first elimination but then fell short on his food which saw him leave the competition in the next round. When cooking for the previous MasterChef finalists, Phillips made creamy garlic mushrooms for a starter and minted lamb chops with spring onion mash for mains. Unfortunately the judges didn’t love it and Gregg thought Phillips’ chosen menu ‘highlighted’ his ‘inexperience’.
You know him from… Cold Feet and The Fast Show! This English comedian has been popping up all over the place – you might even recognise him from the more recent Waterloo Road.
VOTED OUT despite John Torode thinking that John Thomson needed to ‘believe in himself more’ it appears as though he, as a judge, couldn’t muster up much belief either. Poor John got the cut after making his dish of scallops and chorizo, celeriac and apple rosti, wilted spinach and roasted cherry tomatoes for the judges. Gregg said he found it difficult to discern the flavour of the scallops amongst the other powerful ingredients.
You know her from… Well, she was married to rock legend Ronnie Wood, guitarist of the Rolling Stones! Looks like she wants to get a taste of the foodie world and try her luck in the kitchen.
VOTED OUT despite making it through the first round, Jo was voted out after her two-course meal which she cooked for previous MasterChef finalists. Jo’s menu of raw vegetable salad with pomegranate dressing and pan-fried scallops, swede and potato puree, pancetta lardons and greens impressed on presentation with the critics saying that, ‘you could hang’ her starter ‘in the Tate’. Despite this, and John and Gregg admitting it was a close round, it was Jo’s time to go after Gregg said he wanted a bit more ‘oomph’ from her.