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Who will stand the heat?

Celebrity guests battle it out in the kitchen to earn the title of Celebrity MasterChef.

Celebrity MasterChef returns, welcoming 16 familiar hopefuls to battle for the title of Celebrity MasterChef Champion. Episode one sees the first batch of celebrities undertake two tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove themselves to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Amongst the contestants are radio DJ and broadcaster Jamie Theakston and actress Anne Charleston, best known for playing Madge Bishop in Australian soap opera Neighbours. Joining them is singer Javine Hylton, who represented the United Kingdom in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, and former Olympic swimmer Steve Parry.

The first challenge for the four hopefuls is a mystery box test; the infamous test of imagination and creativity in which the celebrities are presented with a range of ingredients. This episode's contents include rice, black cabbage, beetroot, apple and the key ingredient: a whole gurnard. With nerves running high and just 50 minutes to cook their dish, the celebrities must think on their feet to impress the judges.

Hosts

Celebrity Masterchef, Profiles

Gregg Wallace

London-born Greg is a produce connoisseur who started his career as a stall trader at London’s Covent Garden Market. He made his name in the fruit and veg world by founding Allan’s Greengrocers in 1989, a company that went on to celebrate a tidy £7.5 million annual turnover.

His entrepreneurial success and knowledge of greens earned him a seven year broadcasting contract with the BBC Radio 4 show Veg Talk, a year as host of the popular cooking TV show Saturday Kitchen and guest spots on such diverse shows as the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? and The Money Programme. However, since 2005, Greg is best known for being a MasterChef co-host and judge.

In 2014, Greg hit the dance floor as a celebrity contestant on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing. Sadly, his moves failed to wow and he was voted off in the second week of the competition.

Aside from his TV career, Greg is a contributing journalist for BBC Good Food and Olive magazines. He also published his autobiography – Life on a Plate – in 2012.

Celebrity Masterchef, Profiles

John Torode

John Torode burst onto the British culinary scene after emigrating from his native Australia at the age of 25. He made his name cooking prime-cut meat dishes at Terrance Conran’s most revered London dining hotspots – Pont de la Tour, Quaglino's and Mezzo – before landing a broadcasting contract as a resident chef on the popular TV morning magazine show Richard and Judy.

In 2000, John established himself as a restaurateur in his own right by opening his New York style Smiths of Smithfield in a grand grade II listed building in the heart of Smithfield Market, London’s only working meat market. Guided by a mission “to serve simple food made from the finest ingredients”, it became an instant success and prompted him to open a second establishment called Luxe in 2009. Under his leadership, turnover of the two restaurants reached a reported £9.2 million.

John’s passion for locally farmed meat earned him presidency of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2008. He has also authored several bestselling books on cooking protein to perfection, including John Torode's Beef and John Torode's Chicken and Other Birds.

In addition to presenting and judging MasterChef since 2005, John’s broadcasting CV includes the recent John Torode's Australia. The ten-part series saw him return to his homeland to retrace the flavours of his childhood that ignited his passion for food, and was the most watched show on BBC Good Food in 2014.

Outside of the kitchen, John is fanatical about running, which he claims has helped him to manage his long battle with asthma.

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Episode 6, Series 9

Monday January 16 at 15:35

Series 9, Episode 6

The celebrities face the dreaded knowledge and skills test. With syrups and sugars to identify and an American pancake stack to cook up, who will impress John and Gregg this time?

Episode 7, Series 9

Wednesday January 18 at 20:00

Series 9, Episode 7

The hunt for a MasterChef champion continues as the final five celebrities begin the last of the heats. Who will impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace as the action hots up?

Episode 7, Series 9

Thursday January 19 at 15:30

Series 9, Episode 7

The hunt for a MasterChef champion continues as the final five celebrities begin the last of the heats. Who will impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace as the action hots up?

Episode 8, Series 9

Thursday January 19 at 20:00

Series 9, Episode 8

The final heat continues. The four remaining celebrities tackle sausages and onion gravy in the knowledge and skills test, then feed 120 starving Royal College of Music students.

Episode 8, Series 9

Friday January 20 at 15:30

Series 9, Episode 8

The final heat continues. The four remaining celebrities tackle sausages and onion gravy in the knowledge and skills test, then feed 120 starving Royal College of Music students.

Episode 9, Series 9

Friday January 20 at 20:00

Series 9, Episode 9

The four celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal that will be judged by John, Gregg, and past Celebrity MasterChef contestants. Only the best two celebs will survive!

Episode 7, Series 9

Saturday January 21 at 10:45

Series 9, Episode 7

The hunt for a MasterChef champion continues as the final five celebrities begin the last of the heats. Who will impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace as the action hots up?

Episode 8, Series 9

Saturday January 21 at 11:40

Series 9, Episode 8

The final heat continues. The four remaining celebrities tackle sausages and onion gravy in the knowledge and skills test, then feed 120 starving Royal College of Music students.

Episode 9, Series 9

Saturday January 21 at 12:35

Series 9, Episode 9

The four celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal that will be judged by John, Gregg, and past Celebrity MasterChef contestants. Only the best two celebs will survive!

Episode 7, Series 9

Sunday January 22 at 00:40

Series 9, Episode 7

The hunt for a MasterChef champion continues as the final five celebrities begin the last of the heats. Who will impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace as the action hots up?

Episode 8, Series 9

Sunday January 22 at 01:35

Series 9, Episode 8

The final heat continues. The four remaining celebrities tackle sausages and onion gravy in the knowledge and skills test, then feed 120 starving Royal College of Music students.

Episode 9, Series 9

Sunday January 22 at 02:25

Series 9, Episode 9

The four celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal that will be judged by John, Gregg, and past Celebrity MasterChef contestants. Only the best two celebs will survive!

Episode 9, Series 9

Monday January 23 at 15:30

Series 9, Episode 9

The four celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal that will be judged by John, Gregg, and past Celebrity MasterChef contestants. Only the best two celebs will survive!

Episode 10, Series 9

Wednesday January 25 at 20:00

Series 9, Episode 10

The show kicks off with the celebrities catering for one hundred members of the Shakespeare Society on Shakespeare's 450th birthday. It's girls vs. boys - so who are the winners?

Episode 10, Series 9

Thursday January 26 at 15:30

Series 9, Episode 10

The show kicks off with the celebrities catering for one hundred members of the Shakespeare Society on Shakespeare's 450th birthday. It's girls vs. boys - so who are the winners?

Episode 11, Series 9

Thursday January 26 at 20:00

Series 9, Episode 11

The celebrities' initial challenge is a MasterChef first - a relay invention test. Each team member has 20 minutes to make their contribution - will they create something tasty?

Episode 11, Series 9

Friday January 27 at 14:55

Series 9, Episode 11

The celebrities' initial challenge is a MasterChef first - a relay invention test. Each team member has 20 minutes to make their contribution - will they create something tasty?

Episode 12, Series 9

Friday January 27 at 20:00

Series 9, Episode 12

The celebrities' first challenge sees them create a selection of street food dishes for athletes in the heart of London's Queen Elizabeth Park, the home of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Episode 10, Series 9

Saturday January 28 at 09:40

Series 9, Episode 10

The show kicks off with the celebrities catering for one hundred members of the Shakespeare Society on Shakespeare's 450th birthday. It's girls vs. boys - so who are the winners?

Episode 11, Series 9

Saturday January 28 at 10:35

Series 9, Episode 11

The celebrities' initial challenge is a MasterChef first - a relay invention test. Each team member has 20 minutes to make their contribution - will they create something tasty?

Episode 12, Series 9

Saturday January 28 at 12:10

Series 9, Episode 12

The celebrities' first challenge sees them create a selection of street food dishes for athletes in the heart of London's Queen Elizabeth Park, the home of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Episode 10, Series 9

Sunday January 29 at 01:50

Series 9, Episode 10

The show kicks off with the celebrities catering for one hundred members of the Shakespeare Society on Shakespeare's 450th birthday. It's girls vs. boys - so who are the winners?

Episode 11, Series 9

Sunday January 29 at 02:45

Series 9, Episode 11

The celebrities' initial challenge is a MasterChef first - a relay invention test. Each team member has 20 minutes to make their contribution - will they create something tasty?

Episode 12, Series 9

Sunday January 29 at 04:15

Series 9, Episode 12

The celebrities' first challenge sees them create a selection of street food dishes for athletes in the heart of London's Queen Elizabeth Park, the home of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Episode 1, Series 8

Monday January 30 at 11:05

Series 8, Episode 1

The first batch of five celebrities undertake three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 1/18

Episode 12, Series 9

Monday January 30 at 15:30

Series 9, Episode 12

The celebrities' first challenge sees them create a selection of street food dishes for athletes in the heart of London's Queen Elizabeth Park, the home of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Episode 1, Series 8

Tuesday January 31 at 00:45

Series 8, Episode 1

The first batch of five celebrities undertake three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 1/18

Episode 1, Series 8

Tuesday January 31 at 08:25

Series 8, Episode 1

The first batch of five celebrities undertake three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 1/18

Episode 2, Series 8

Tuesday January 31 at 11:05

Series 8, Episode 2

The celebrities take on their first challenge within a real restaurant setting, preparing dishes for paying customers as they are sent in pairs to two London restaurants. 2/18

Episode 2, Series 8

Wednesday February 1 at 00:45

Series 8, Episode 2

The celebrities take on their first challenge within a real restaurant setting, preparing dishes for paying customers as they are sent in pairs to two London restaurants. 2/18

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