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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.

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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 8

Monday July 16 at 15:40

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 July 17 at 15:30

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 3, Series 8

Wednesday July 18 at 15:35

Episode 3

The celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal, judged not only by John and Gregg but also by one past Celebrity MasterChef champion, actress Lisa Faulkner. 3/18

Episode 4, Series 8

Thursday July 19 at 15:30

Episode 4

The celebrities face the fearsome and celebrated palate test. Also, John demonstrates to the viewers at home how to cook pappardelle with Indian spiced meatballs. 4/18

Episode 5, Series 8

Friday July 20 at 16:00

Episode 5

The second batch of contestants face elimination day, with one celebrity cooking their final dishes for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.  5/18

Episode 6, Series 8

Monday July 23 at 15:40

Episode 6

The celebrity teams are sent out on their first mass-catering challenge. They have to make lunch for over 100 members of staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.  6/18

Episode 7, Series 8

Tuesday July 24 at 15:30

Episode 7

The celebrities face the infamous Mystery Box Test. Requiring technical skill and a creative flair, the celebrities must design a unique dish from a range of mystery ingredients. 7/18

Episode 8, Series 8

Wednesday July 25 at 15:45

Episode 8

The celebrities face paying customers for the first time as they are sent to face lunch service in two London restaurants.  8/18

Episode 9, Series 8

Thursday July 26 at 15:35

Episode 9

It's the quarter finals and the battle for a place in the finals reaches its climax. The remaining celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal to stay in the competition. 9/18

Episode 10, Series 8

Friday July 27 at 16:00

Episode 10

The hunt for a champion continues as the final celebrities are welcomed to the challenge. Celebrities trying to impress John Torode and Gregg Wallace include boxer Joe Calzaghe. 10/18

Episode 11, Series 8

Monday July 30 at 15:40

Episode 11

As the final heat week continues, it is elimination day once again, and someone will be cooking their final dishes for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. 11/18

Episode 12, Series 8

Tuesday July 31 at 15:30

Episode 12

The remaining celebrities must cook a faultless two-course meal, judged not only by John and Gregg but also by two past Celebrity MasterChef champions. 12/18

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