When does Celebrity MasterChef 2021 start and who is on it?

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  • Cookery fans wondering who is on Celebrity MasterChef 2021 are in for a treat after 20 stars have been announced for this year's show.

    Cooking fans will be wondering ‘when does Celebrity MasterChef 2021 start and who is on it? with 20 celebrities confirmed to battle it out in the kitchen to be in with the chance of impressing judges with their tasty dishes.

    If you watched the final of MasterChef 2021 you will know that making it to the final is not easy, let alone being crowned MasterChef winner like Tom Rhodes. Last year saw Irish author and YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf named winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2020 for his three-course menu which featured a starter of Monkfish scampi, a Beef fillet with port shallots main, and an edible floral dessert of white chocolate fondant with rhubarb.

    And now the 20 celebrities will be putting their best cookery skills to the test for returning to a slimmed-down Gregg Wallace and John Torode, whose wife once revealed what he refuses to cook, over six weeks as they tackle a new series of food challenges.

    When does Celebrity Masterchef start?

    Celebrity MasterChef 2021 starts on Monday 9th August. Each week the contestants will be narrowed down to just two, who will go through to the semi-finals later on in the show.

    Sarah Clay, commissioning editor for the BBC, promised ‘the standard of cooking is like nothing we’ve seen before’ as she teased, “Celebrity MasterChef is one the highlights of the British summertime schedule and this series is as entertaining and charming as ever. The 20 brave celebrities are joined by a host of chefs at the top of their game in brand new tasks which makes this year feel extra special.”

    When is Celebrity MasterChef on?

    Series 16 of Celebrity MasterChef is every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday on BBC One at 9pm. There are 18 episodes in this series.

    The Monday and Tuesday shows are 9pm-10pm with the Friday show half an hour-long from 9pm-9.30pm. And all are available to be streamed on catchup via the BBC iPlayer.

    John Torode confirmed during his appearance on This Morning that the show will run for approximately seven weeks.

    And if you can’t wait until then here’s a sneaky clip of what you can expect from this new series…

    Who is on Celebrity MasterChef 2021?

    The contestants taking part in Celebrity MasterChef 2021 are Katie Price, Megan McKenna, Joe Swash, Melanie Sykes, Penny Lancaster, Kem Cetinay, Johannes Radebe, Duncan James, Su Pollard, Nabil Abdulrashid, Patrick Grant, Kadeena Cox, Bez, Dion Dublin, Will Kirk, Rita Simons, Michelle Collins, Melissa Johns, Gavin Esler, and Munya Chawawa.

    Former Loose Women panelist Katie Price, 42, who has just got engaged to boyfriend Carl Woods will be taking part, alongside Dancing on Ice 2020 winner Joe Swash, 39, and former TOWIE star Megan McKenna, 28.

    Katie wrote on Instagram, ‘It has been said that I could burn a cup of tea….this should be interesting 🤣🍽🥗 @bbcone @masterchefuk’ to confirm the news with her fans. Who couldn’t wait to see ‘Ommmggg I can’t wait,’ one person exclaimed.

    And Joe Swash told his Instagram followers “So excited to be on Celebrity MasterChef”.

    The BBC One show, set to air later this year, will also star Melanie Sykes, 50, Strictly dancer Johannes Radebe, 33, Blue’s Duncan James, 43, and Penny Lancaster, 50.

    Series editor Katie Attwood said, “This year’s line-up promises a huge amount of humour and entertainment. Lockdown has proved productive for our famous faces’ culinary skills and we are set to see some exceptional talent and astonishing dishes as the celebrities swap their day jobs for a spot in the MasterChef kitchen.”

    Actress Su Pollard, 71, Britain’s Got Talent finalist and comedian Nabil Abdulrashid, 35, and The Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant, 48, are also among the celebrities who will take part in the upcoming series.

    Love Island’s Kem Cetinay, 24, comedian Munya Chawawa, 28, and actresses Rita Simons, 44, Melissa Johns, 31, and Michelle Collins, 59 also have their chef work cut out for them along with the Repair Shop’s Will Kirk as well as ex-England footballer Dion Dublin, 51, and journalist and author Gavin Esler, 68.

    Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox, 50, and Happy Monday’s Bez, 57, will also be hoping to impress with their culinary skills.

    Over the challenging weeks, the celebrities will not only have to wow Gregg and John, but they will also have to tickle the tastebuds of some renowned chefs including Tom Kerridge, Nisha Katona, Nieves Barragan Mohacho, and more appearing as special guest judges.

    Looking for something else to watch after Masterchef? Married at First Sight is another binge-worthy series. The new season of the UK version airs its new series in late August this year. Taking on a different format to before, many have raised questions around whether the marriages on Married at First Sight UK are legally binding this year. Catch up on the new series now on E4.

    Alternatively, try BBC One’s new drama Vigil. The location where Vigil is filmed has become a recent must-visit destination after the first episodes hit screens in August. The show is produced by the same company as both Line of Duty and Bodyguard.

    Tune in to Celebrity MasterChef each Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, starting 9th August on BBC One at 9pm.