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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 1, Series 9

Monday December 17 at 15:05

Episode 1

In the first of the heats, the first batch of five celebrities undertakes three tough culinary challenges to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Episode 1, Series 9

Tuesday December 18 at 03:20

Episode 1

In the first of the heats, the first batch of five celebrities undertakes three tough culinary challenges to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Episode 1, Series 9

Tuesday December 18 at 10:15

Episode 1

In the first of the heats, the first batch of five celebrities undertakes three tough culinary challenges to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Episode 2, Series 9

Tuesday December 18 at 14:25

Episode 2

The first round of heats continues. How will the celebrities fare with John and Gregg's knowledge and skills test on biscuits, creams and the way to make a filled brandy snap?

Episode 2, Series 9

Wednesday December 19 at 03:10

Episode 2

The first round of heats continues. How will the celebrities fare with John and Gregg's knowledge and skills test on biscuits, creams and the way to make a filled brandy snap?

Episode 2, Series 9

Wednesday December 19 at 09:50

Episode 2

The first round of heats continues. How will the celebrities fare with John and Gregg's knowledge and skills test on biscuits, creams and the way to make a filled brandy snap?

Episode 3, Series 9

Wednesday December 19 at 15:00

Episode 3

This second heat sees five more celebrities enter the MasterChef kitchen for three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove themselves to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Episode 3, Series 9

Thursday December 20 at 03:20

Episode 3

This second heat sees five more celebrities enter the MasterChef kitchen for three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove themselves to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Episode 3, Series 9

Thursday December 20 at 10:15

Episode 3

This second heat sees five more celebrities enter the MasterChef kitchen for three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove themselves to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Episode 4, Series 9

Thursday December 20 at 14:20

Episode 4

The celebrities are thrown in to the daunting and stressful world of mass catering as they work in pairs to cook lunch for 100 bus drivers and support staff at West Ham Bus Garage.

Episode 4, Series 9

Friday December 21 at 03:05

Episode 4

The celebrities are thrown in to the daunting and stressful world of mass catering as they work in pairs to cook lunch for 100 bus drivers and support staff at West Ham Bus Garage.

Episode 4, Series 9

Friday December 21 at 09:50

Episode 4

The celebrities are thrown in to the daunting and stressful world of mass catering as they work in pairs to cook lunch for 100 bus drivers and support staff at West Ham Bus Garage.

Episode 5, Series 9

Friday December 21 at 15:00

Episode 5

The hunt continues in the third heat as five new celebrities take on the challenge to become MasterChef champion. Who will thrive in John and Gregg's famous Mystery Box Test?

Episode 5, Series 9

Saturday December 22 at 02:55

Episode 5

The hunt continues in the third heat as five new celebrities take on the challenge to become MasterChef champion. Who will thrive in John and Gregg's famous Mystery Box Test?

Episode 5, Series 9

Monday December 24 at 10:10

Episode 5

The hunt continues in the third heat as five new celebrities take on the challenge to become MasterChef champion. Who will thrive in John and Gregg's famous Mystery Box Test?

Episode 6, Series 9

Monday December 24 at 14:10

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 6, Series 9

Tuesday December 25 at 03:40

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 6, Series 9

Tuesday December 25 at 09:45

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

Tuesday December 25 at 15:00

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

Wednesday December 26 at 01:40

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

Wednesday December 26 at 10:30

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

Wednesday December 26 at 15:00

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

Thursday December 27 at 04:10

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

Thursday December 27 at 09:50

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

Thursday December 27 at 15:00

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

Friday December 28 at 03:30

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

Friday December 28 at 10:35

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

Friday December 28 at 15:05

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

Saturday December 29 at 02:55

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

Monday December 31 at 10:15

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?

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