Celebrity Masterchef is returning for series 16 with judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace and 20 new contestants ready to battle it out in the famous kitchen.
And while the star-studded line-up was announced earlier this year, now BBC One has confirmed a start date for the 2021 show.
Names include EastEnders actress Rita Simons, Love Island’s Kem Cetinay and The Repair Shop’s Will Kirk, as well as Joe Swash, Katie Price, Megan McKenna, Duncan James and Melanie Sykes. You can read more about those taking part here.
As filming took place in February the show will also look a little different, with John and Gregg recently confirming a format change.
So here’s everything you need to know, from start date to line-up and more.
When does Celebrity Masterchef 2021 start?
John Torode and Gregg Wallace
Celebrity Masterchef season 16 kicks off on Monday, August 9.
Viewers can tune into the hour-long episode from 9pm on BBC One.
There are 18 episodes in total, with contestants battling it out over five weeks.
Who are the Celebrity Masterchef 2021 contestants?
Celebrity Masterchef 2021 start date, line-up and format change
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Speaking about this year’s line-up, 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.”
Here’s who’s taking part:
Presenter Joe Swash
TV personality Katie Price
Happy Mondays star Bez
Strictly’s Johannes Radebe
Actress and singer Su Pollard
Blue singer Duncan James
Comedian Nabil Abdulrashid
The Great British Sewing Bee’s Patrick Grant
Former TOWIE star and singer Megan McKenna
Love Island’s Kem Cetinay
Presenter Melanie Sykes
Comedian Munya Chawawa
Former EastEnders actress Rita Simons
Loose Women’s Penny Lancaster
The Repair Shop’s Will Kirk
Ex-England footballer and presenter Dion Dublin
Journalist and author Gavin Esler
Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox
Actress Melissa Johns
Actress Michelle Collins
What is the Celebrity Masterchef format change?
The judges have revealed the one difference viewers will see due to Covid-19, and they’re pretty happy about it.
During filming this February in the middle of lockdown, John was no longer allowed to share a dish with Gregg while tasting the celebs’ grub, which delighted them both, reports The Mirror.
“No more plate-sharing was just brilliant,” Gregg said.
“MasterChef is now as mainstream as the shipping forecast on Radio 4, but all I care about is having my own plate of food.”
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