Who won Cooking with the Stars 2022?

Cooking with the Stars 2022 final has taken place but which celebrity was crowned the winner?

Who won Cooking with the Stars 2022?
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The final of the second season of Cooking with the Stars has taken place with a new celebrity crowned the champion for making restaurant quality food.

Over the last few weeks, eight celebrities who consider themselves fairly good in the kitchen partnered up with renowned chefs like Clodagh McKenna and Jack Stein to learn how to make restaurant quality food.

Emma Willis and Tom Allen hosted the show as viewers watched the celebrity contestants take on a series of exciting challenges, and the bottom two contestants were forced to fight for their place in the contest by creating a dish with NO help at all. The food was then blind tested by all the professional chefs and the loser eliminated.

As we look who's won this year's series...

Who won Cooking with the Stars 2022?

Cooking with the Stars 2022 winner is TV's Dr Ranj. He went head to head with comedy star Joe Wilkinson, Josie Gibson (This Morning), in the final which was aired last night (July 12th).

The TV doctor was brought to tears when he was named victor of the reality cooking contest. 

Speaking about his victory, Dr Ranj told his followers, "OMG WE WON! Thank you for being the best mentor ever! #CookIngWithTheStars @clodaghmckenna."

And fans were delighted with the result. One supporter tweeted, "Truly delighted - you made the programme worth watching - and Clodagh a good Irish woman - you are soooooo handsome."

Another fan put, "Very well done I loved watching you cook."

And a third fan added, "Delighted you won and with Clodagh she’s the best."

Meanwhile Clodagh shared her joy over being part of the winning duo. She wrote, "WE WON!!! 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️ Cooking with the Stars @itv 🔥 It was my first time as a chef mentor on the tv series, and what a rollercoaster 😅 I love teaching, developing recipes, it’s my passion in life… so to get the opportunity to mentor the wonderful @drranj and see him take every bit of it and put it into action on camera was amazing! ⭐️

She continued, "Thank you to all my fellow chefs @judyjoochef @jeanchristophe_novelli @jacksteinchef @mctsingh @mikereidchef @chefronniem @rosemary.shrager for your support ♥️

And to all the team @south_shore_uk & @marksandspencer for a fantastic production!

And my make up artist @honestlygorgeous_ for filling me with love every morning ♥️"

For anyone who missed the final, the three finalists were immediately set to work in the kitchen once hosts Emma Willis and Tom Allen announced they had been successful.

They each made the signature dishes of their professional chef without the help of anyone, and at first it was Josie who stormed through to the final receiving three votes from the judges against Dr Ranj's two, leaving him to face off in one last cook-off.

Joe and Dr Ranj faced one final cook-off where they made beef wellington, including puff pastry from scratch and beef that had to remain medium rare. All eight judges deliberated, but decided that Dr Ranj made the dish better.

Upon leaving the show, Joe said, "I've had a lovely time, thanks for having me."

Then Dr Ranj and Josie had to create their very own signature dish - a roast dinner for Josie, which she dedicated to her Nan, while Dr Ranj opted for a plate of Indian party food.

After serving up their dishes, and a recap of their Cooking with the Stars journeys, Dr Ranj was crowned the winner.

Anne Hegerty (The Chase), Olympic double gold winning athlete Dame Kelly Holmes,  Anton Du Beke (Strictly judge), and influencer Woody Cook (Zoe Ball's son) have all been eliminated in previous rounds of the contest.

When did Cooking with the Stars start?

Cooking with the Stars started on June 7th and since then an episode a week has been aired with the final airing July 12th.

Speaking ahead of the second series, host Emma Willis said, “Tom and I had so much fun last series and I’m looking forward to getting back into the kitchen. The pressure the celebs are under is real and once the competition starts heating up everybody wants to win, but I’m hoping there isn’t as much blood as last series!”

And co-host Tom Allen added: “Last series was so exciting! Emma Willis and I have been polishing our frying pans in preparation – we have so much fun working together. The celebrities are being trained by some of the best chefs in the business and with the clock ticking it’s always tense to see if they’ll improve their cooking enough each week to measure up to the judges’ high standards.”

Emma recently took part in Stand Up To Cancer Great British Bake Off and was crowned the first star baker.

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Who are the professional chefs on Cooking with the Stars?

The professional chefs on Cooking with the Stars are Rosemary Shrager (British chef and TV presenter), Ronnie Murray (chef and business owner), chef director Jack Stein, Korean chef and restauranteur Judy Joo, Michelin Starred French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, plus Scottish chef and restauranteur Tony Singh MBE, author and This Morning's resident chef Clodagh McKenna, and restauranteur and TV personality Mike Reid.

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Sharry Cramond, Marketing Director, M&S Food and Masterbrand said, “We’re so excited to be bringing Cooking with the Stars back onto our TV screens after a successful first series. The line-up of chefs and stars look fantastic and hopefully will inspire all ages to get cooking.

“We are famous for our delicious prepared meals but encouragingly over the last two years we have seen customers do much broader shops with us. Through Cooking With The Stars we want to continue to show that we are the perfect place to find quality products, at a remarkable value, for the weekly shop - and that we are a credible destination for scratch cooking.

“We really hope that the new series will help inspire people to try the recipes at home and get excited about cooking from scratch with all the products, tastes and flavours available in our food hall.”

How can I watch Cooking with the Stars?

You can watch Cooking with the Stars on ITV when the episodes play out on Tuesdays at 8pm and also on catch up via the ITV Hub. The six-part cooking contest will follow the celebrities journeys to becoming restaurant quality chefs with a little help from the professionals. But come the final, the stars will have to go it alone in the hope of tickling the tastebuds of all the professional chefs in the ultimate blind taste challenge that will crown one celebrity the winner.

Who won Cooking with the Stars 2021?

McFly singer Harry Judd was crowned winner of Cooking with the Stars 2021. The musician went up against Denise van Outen in the tense final as they went head-to-head in the star-studded kitchen. He was trained by Nisha Katona, who is now one of the resident chefs on This Morning rotating line up.

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At the time, Harry, who accidentally sliced his finger open with a knife while rushing around, said, "I’m in shock, I never imagined what I would have learned here, the people I’ve met and of course Nisha. I’ve had the most incredible time."

And Nisha added that it was 'such an honour'.

You can watch the full series of Cooking with the Stars 2022 ITV hub.

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Selina Maycock
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Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)