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Celebrity MasterChef 2021: Katie Price, Megan McKenna and Joe Swash lead the line-up

Celebrity MasterChef is back and will see the likes of Katie Price, Megan McKenna and Joe Swash battling it out in the kitchen. 

The line-up was announced on Thursday, with Katie, 42, former TOWIE star Megan, 28, and Joe, 39, joining 17 other celebrities for this year’s series. 

It comes a day after Katie announced she is engaged for the eighth time, after boyfriend Carl Woods, 32, proposed.  

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. 

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. 

Broadcast over six weeks, the celebrities will also tackle a new series of cookery challenges, with renowned chefs including Tom Kerridge, Nisha Katona, Nieves Barragan Mohacho and more appearing as special guest judges.

Hot stuff: Love Island's Kem Cetinay, 24, will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen

Battling it out: This year’s crop of 20 celebrities, joined again by MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, also includes Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox, 50, and Love Island’s Kem Cetinay, 24

This year’s crop of 20 celebrities, joined again by MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, also includes Love Island’s Kem Cetinay, 24, comedian Munya Chawawa, 28, and actresses Rita Simons, 44, Melissa Johns, 31, and Michelle Collins, 59.

The Repair Shop’s Will Kirk is also among the contestants 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. 

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.’

Stars: Journalist and author Gavin Esler (pictured), 68, and comedian Munya Chawawa, 28, round-up the line-up

Stars: Journalist and author Gavin Esler, 68, and comedian Munya Chawawa (pictured), 28, round-up the line-up

Stars: Journalist and author Gavin Esler, 68, and comedian Munya Chawawa, 28, round-up the line-up

Sarah Clay, commissioning editor for the BBC, added: ‘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. The standard of cooking is like nothing we have seen before.’

The 2020 series of Celebrity MasterChef was won by Irish-Iraqi broadcaster and YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf.

Celebrity MasterChef will return to BBC One this summer. 

Not long to wait: Celebrity MasterChef will return to BBC One this summer (pictured judges John Torode (L) and Gregg Wallace (R)

Not long to wait: Celebrity MasterChef will return to BBC One this summer (pictured judges John Torode (L) and Gregg Wallace (R)

CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF 2021: MEET THE STARS

Name: Katie Price

Age: 42

Famous for? Glamour modelling and TV personality

Name: Megan McKenna

Age: 28  

Famous for? Ex On The Beach, TOWIE turned singer

 Name: Joe Swash

Age: 39

Famous for? EastEnders and TV personality  

Name: Johannes Radebe

Age: 33

Famous for? Strictly Come Dancing dancer  

Name: Penny Lancaster

Age: 50

Famous for? Model. Married to Rod Stewart

Name: Kem Cetinay 

 Age: 24

Famous for? Winning Love Island 2017 series 

 Name: Rita Simons

Age: 44

Famous for? Roxy Mitchell on EastEnders

Name: Melanie Sykes 

Age: 50

Famous for? Television presenter

Name: Nabil Abdulrashid

Age: 35

Famous for? Britain’s Got Talent comedian 

Name: Melissa Johns

Age: 31

Famous for? LIFE and Coronation Street actress

Name: Will Kirk

Age: Unknown 

Famous for? The Repair Shop furniture restorer

Name: Michelle Collins 

Age: 59

Famous for?  EastEnders and Coronation Street actress 

Name: Su Pollard

Age: 71

Famous for? Actress, Perry & Croft sitcom Hi-de-Hi

Name: Duncan James 

Age: 43

Famous for? Member of boyband Blue

Name: Kadeena Cox

Age: 30

Famous for? Parasport athlete

Name: Bez 

Age: 57

Famous for? Happy Monday’s 

Name: Dion Dublin

Age: 51

Famous for? Presenter and retired footballer

Name: Gavin Esler

Age: 68

Famous for? Newsnight  presenter

Name: Munya Chawawa

Age: 28

Famous for? Comedian

Name: Patrick Grant

Age: 48

Famous for? The Great British Sewing Bee

 


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