Back again for a brand new series, Celebrity MasterChef 2018 invites stars from the world of sport, show business, music and drama to chop, slice and sizzle their way to the trophy.
Seasoned judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace will return to have their taste buds challenged, whilst they whittle down the twenty celebrity contestants; comparing their culinary skills in their hunt to single out one champion.
As always, the celebrity contestants will be put through a plethora of culinary challenges. They’ll cook for critics and past winners in their quest to reach the ultimate challenge of cooking with top chef Bryn Williams, and finally serving up their own mouth-watering three-course menu.
After all of this, only one will be crowned Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2018.
Celebrity MasterChef 2018 line up of celebrities
Actors Keith Allen, Chizzy Akudolu, Lisa Maxwell and John Partridge
TV personality Spencer Matthews
International award-winning artist and actress Stella Parton
TV presenters Michelle Ackerley and Jean Johansson
TV presenter and furniture restorer Jay Blades
Comedian Zoe Lyons
Former international rugby player and TV presenter Martin Bayfield
World Champion, Paralympian and broadcaster Stef Reid
Recording artist and model Josh Cuthbert
DJ and broadcaster Clara Amfo
Singer songwriter Carol Decker
TV presenter and singer Frankie Bridge
England cricketer Monty Panesar
Actress and singer Anita Harris
Professional dancer and TV personality AJ Pritchard
TV star Gemma Collins
When does is Celebrity MasterChef 2018 begin?
Over six weeks and twelve programmes, the first four weeks whittle the celebrities down to semi-finalists, then finalists.
The air date of the first episode of Celebrity MasterChef has been confirmed for Thursday 23rd August at 8PM on BBC One.
The series will continue the next day on Friday 24th August at 8.30PM.
Celebrity MasterChef 2018 spoilers
Starting with the heats, each week sees five new celebrities face the infamous Mystery Box Challenge after which one contestant is sent home.
The four remaining celebrity contenders will then tackle a new Pairs Challenge in which they are split into two teams of two, with each team tasked with cooking the same dish but with a catch. A wall separates each team member through which each celebrity must clearly communicate instructions to ensure each dish is identical.
Next up, it’s the mammoth Mass Catering Challenge where the celebrities are let loose on hungry workers at a range of pressured and busy venues before returning to MasterChef headquarters to cook a faultless two-course meal for John, Gregg and their guest critics.
They include past Celebrity MasterChef champions and finalists - 2016 winner Alexis Conran, 2015 winner Kimberly Wyatt; 2014 winner Sophie Thompson, 2012 winner Emma Kennedy; 2010 winner Lisa Faulkner; 2017 finalists Dev Griffin and Ulrika Jonsson, 2015 finalists Rylan Clark-Neal, Sam Nixon, as well as reigning champion Angellica Bell.
The successful contestants from the heats will then go through to semi-final week where they face a world-class fine-dining challenge with renowned chef Paul Askew. They will cook a feast for The Antiques Roadshow experts and head back in time, cooking at the Black Country Living Museum.
The sixth and final week sees the remaining cooks create an afternoon tea overseen by guest chef, Eric Lanlard.
In the final, the three best celebrity cooks must first face the daunting Chef’s Table, this year presided over by top chef Bryn Williams.
Finally, they return to MasterChef HQ for one last time and cook their best three-course meal for John and Gregg. It’s up to the respected judges to decide which celebrity contestant is worthy of lifting the Celebrity MasterChef 2018 trophy.