Who's on 'Celebrity MasterChef' tonight? Contest returns with Nancy Dell'Olio

The heat one contestants for Celebrity MasterChef 2022. (BBC)
The heat one contestants for Celebrity MasterChef 2022. (BBC)

Celebrity MasterChef returns to TV for 2022 with a new cast of famous amateur cooks hoping to impress in the kitchen.

The celebrities will be putting their best dishes forwards for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace in the first round of heats, aiming to gain a place in the semi-finals.

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Who will follow last year's champion Kadeena Cox to lifting the Celebrity MasterChef trophy? Here's who's up first.

Who is taking part in Celebrity MasterChef 2022 heat one?

Nancy Dell'Olio launches the 2022 contest. (BBC)
Nancy Dell'Olio launches the 2022 contest. (BBC)

It's the first week of the competition, where five famous amateur cooks will make their debut in the kitchen for the first heat.

Donning their aprons for week one are Sven-Goran Eriksson's ex Nancy Dell'Olio, McFly and The Voice Kids star Danny Jones, Chuckle Brothers entertainer Paul Chuckle, Love Island's Faye Winter, and comedian Kae Kurd.

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They'll have to showcase a mystery ingredient, make Korean street food and create a fancy dinner party dish in the first round, before one of them is eliminated.

Danny Jones takes part in heat one. (BBC)
Danny Jones takes part in heat one. (BBC)

In this week's second episode, the remaining four will return to have a crack at making floating islands, recreate a complicated dish from a top restaurant, and rustle up an exciting vegetarian dish.

They're cooking for a place in the quarter finals at the end of the week, where three of them battle it out for two semi-finals places against the quarter-final winners of the following heats.

Who else is in Celebrity MasterChef 2022?

The heat two contestants take to the kitchen. (BBC)
The heat two contestants take to the kitchen. (BBC)

Heat one introduces us to the first five contestants, but there are plenty more to come.

Former boxing champion Chris Eubank, model and TV presenter Lisa Snowdon, and Strictly Come Dancing's Katya Jones, notorious for her kiss with Seann Walsh, will all take part.

Other celebrity cast include actors Ryan Thomas, Clarke Peters and Adam Pearson, TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, and comedian Richard Blackwood.

Lisa Snowdon and Richard Blackwood will show off their cooking skills. (BBC)
Lisa Snowdon and Richard Blackwood will show off their cooking skills. (BBC)

They'll go up against choirmaster Gareth Malone, ex-EastEnders star Cliff Parisi, and former footballer Jimmy Bullard.

Completing the class of 2022 are Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph, drag artist Kitty Scott-Claus, All Saints singer Mel Blatt, and social media star and dancer Queen MoJo.

When does Celebrity MasterChef start?

The competition begins on Wednesday, 10 August at 8pm on BBC One and continues heat one on Thursday, 11 August at the same time.

It returns again on Friday, 12 August at 9pm on BBC One for the first quarter-final, where the top two celebrity cooks will win a place in the semi-finals.

From week two when the next round of heats returns, the schedule moves to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday for the heats and 9pm on Friday for the quarter-final.

Who has won Celebrity MasterChef?

So far, there have been 16 winners of the celebrity version of the contest. They are:

  • Matt Dawson (2006)

  • Nadia Sawalha (2007)

  • Liz McClarnon (2008)

  • Jayne Middlemiss (2009)

  • Lisa Faulkner (2010)

  • Phil Vickery (2011)

  • Emma Kennedy (2012)

  • Ade Edmondson (2013)

  • Sophie Thompson (2014)

  • Kimberly Wyatt (2015)

  • Alexis Conran (2016)

  • Angellica Bell (2017)

  • John Partridge (2018)

  • Greg Rutherford (2019)

  • Riyadh Khalaf (2020)

  • Kadeena Cox (2021)

Celebrity MasterChef starts on Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One.

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