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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

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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.

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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 1, Series 7

Wednesday May 9 at 08:40

Episode 1

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. 1/30

Episode 1, Series 7

Wednesday May 9 at 13:50

Episode 1

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. 1/30

Episode 1, Series 7

Wednesday May 9 at 17:10

Episode 1

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. 1/30

Episode 2, Series 7

Thursday May 10 at 08:15

Episode 2

Mass catering is on the menu and the four chefs are assigned a mammoth challenge at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 2/30

Episode 2, Series 7

Thursday May 10 at 14:15

Episode 2

Mass catering is on the menu and the four chefs are assigned a mammoth challenge at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 2/30

Episode 2, Series 7

Thursday May 10 at 17:35

Episode 2

Mass catering is on the menu and the four chefs are assigned a mammoth challenge at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 2/30

Episode 2, Series 7

Friday May 11 at 03:05

Episode 2

Mass catering is on the menu and the four chefs are assigned a mammoth challenge at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 2/30

Episode 3, Series 7

Friday May 11 at 08:45

Episode 3

It's elimination day as one of the celebrities will be cooking their final dishes for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 3/30

Episode 3, Series 7

Friday May 11 at 14:05

Episode 3

It's elimination day as one of the celebrities will be cooking their final dishes for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 3/30

Episode 3, Series 7

Friday May 11 at 17:30

Episode 3

It's elimination day as one of the celebrities will be cooking their final dishes for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 3/30

Episode 3, Series 7

Saturday May 12 at 03:00

Episode 3

It's elimination day as one of the celebrities will be cooking their final dishes for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 3/30

Episode 4, Series 7

Monday May 14 at 08:40

Episode 4

The three remaining celebrities are sent to top London restaurant Coq d'Argent, which specialises in serving contemporary French food.  4/30

Episode 4, Series 7

Monday May 14 at 13:30

Episode 4

The three remaining celebrities are sent to top London restaurant Coq d'Argent, which specialises in serving contemporary French food.  4/30

Episode 4, Series 7

Monday May 14 at 16:45

Episode 4

The three remaining celebrities are sent to top London restaurant Coq d'Argent, which specialises in serving contemporary French food.  4/30

Episode 4, Series 7

Tuesday May 15 at 03:05

Episode 4

The three remaining celebrities are sent to top London restaurant Coq d'Argent, which specialises in serving contemporary French food.  4/30

Episode 5, Series 7

Tuesday May 15 at 08:40

Episode 5

The remaining celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal, judged not only by John Torode and Gregg Wallace but also by two past Celebrity MasterChef champions.  5/30

Episode 5, Series 7

Tuesday May 15 at 14:00

Episode 5

The remaining celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal, judged not only by John Torode and Gregg Wallace but also by two past Celebrity MasterChef champions.  5/30

Episode 5, Series 7

Tuesday May 15 at 17:20

Episode 5

The remaining celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal, judged not only by John Torode and Gregg Wallace but also by two past Celebrity MasterChef champions.  5/30

Episode 6, Series 7

Wednesday May 16 at 08:40

Episode 6

The hunt for Celebrity MasterChef 2012 continues as four new celebrity contestants join the competition. Competing in this second week of heats is Holby City actress Laila Rouass. 6/30

Episode 6, Series 7

Wednesday May 16 at 14:00

Episode 6

The hunt for Celebrity MasterChef 2012 continues as four new celebrity contestants join the competition. Competing in this second week of heats is Holby City actress Laila Rouass. 6/30

Episode 6, Series 7

Wednesday May 16 at 17:30

Episode 6

The hunt for Celebrity MasterChef 2012 continues as four new celebrity contestants join the competition. Competing in this second week of heats is Holby City actress Laila Rouass. 6/30

Episode 6, Series 7

Thursday May 17 at 03:10

Episode 6

The hunt for Celebrity MasterChef 2012 continues as four new celebrity contestants join the competition. Competing in this second week of heats is Holby City actress Laila Rouass. 6/30

Episode 7, Series 7

Thursday May 17 at 08:45

Episode 7

The search for Britain's top celebrity chef continues as Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy continue their fight to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2012. 7/30

Episode 7, Series 7

Thursday May 17 at 14:05

Episode 7

The search for Britain's top celebrity chef continues as Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy continue their fight to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2012. 7/30

Episode 7, Series 7

Thursday May 17 at 17:25

Episode 7

The search for Britain's top celebrity chef continues as Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy continue their fight to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2012. 7/30

Episode 7, Series 7

Friday May 18 at 02:25

Episode 7

The search for Britain's top celebrity chef continues as Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy continue their fight to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2012. 7/30

Episode 8, Series 7

Friday May 18 at 08:45

Episode 8

Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy are first challenged to cook a classic recipe in only one hour: apple tarte tatin with crème anglaise. 8/30

Episode 8, Series 7

Friday May 18 at 14:05

Episode 8

Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy are first challenged to cook a classic recipe in only one hour: apple tarte tatin with crème anglaise. 8/30

Episode 8, Series 7

Friday May 18 at 17:35

Episode 8

Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy are first challenged to cook a classic recipe in only one hour: apple tarte tatin with crème anglaise. 8/30

Episode 8, Series 7

Saturday May 19 at 03:15

Episode 8

Laila Rouass, Gareth Gates, George Layton and Emma Kennedy are first challenged to cook a classic recipe in only one hour: apple tarte tatin with crème anglaise. 8/30

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