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 Penny Lancaster battling it out in the kitchen. 

The line-up was announced on Thursday, with Katie, 42, former TOWIE star Megan, 28, and Penny, 50, 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 Joe Swash, 39.

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)


Name: Katie Price

Age: 42

Famous for? Glamour modelling and TV personality

Food facts? Katie has previously detailed various wild diets, including juice-only cleanses which may reflect in her cooking  

Name: Megan McKenna

Age: 28  

Famous for? Ex On The Beach, TOWIE turned singer

Food facts? Megan is undoubtedly set to be a whizz in the kitchen as she previously owned her own restaurant MCK Grill

 Name: Joe Swash

Age: 39

Famous for? EastEnders and TV personality

Food facts? After Joe’s stint on I’m A Celebrity in 2008, he revealed the steady diet of rice and peas meant he could not stop passing wind 

Name: Johannes Radebe

Age: 33

Famous for? Strictly Come Dancing dancer 

Food facts? Johannes has previously under the guidance of his nutritionist he uses vitamin drip treatments as an antioxidant

Name: Penny Lancaster

Age: 50

Famous for? Model. Married to Rod Stewart

Food facts? Last year, Penny revealed she lost 17lbs and 4in off her waist in eight weeks after enjoying a health kick during lockdown

Name: Kem Cetinay 

 Age: 24

Famous for? Winning Love Island 2017 series 

Food facts? In 2018, Kem Cetinay revealed he loves bread and carbs and in learned a lot about nutrition during a massive health kick

 Name: Rita Simons

Age: 44

Famous for? Roxy Mitchell on EastEnders

Food facts? Rita has revealed she ‘forgets to eat’ during her massive health kicks – involving lots of salad, vegetables and juice 

Name: Melanie Sykes 

Age: 50

Famous for? Television presenter

Food facts? While Melanie is known for her health and fitness, she previously said: ‘I love chocolate, pork scratchings and white wine’ 

Name: Nabil Abdulrashid

Age: 35

Famous for? Britain’s Got Talent comedian 

Food facts? It has previously been revealed that Nabil has a passion for Nigerian dishes in a nod to his heritage

Name: Melissa Johns

Age: 31

Famous for? LIFE and Coronation Street actress

Food facts? After lashing out at the government over a corona, Melissa revealed her comfort food – a cup of tea with Bourbon biscuits.’

Name: Will Kirk

Age: Unknown 

Famous for? The Repair Shop furniture restorer

Food facts? As Christmas 2020 was cancelled, Will revealed he made a nut roast and lots of veg, saying: ‘It can’t be too hard can it? Pop it all in the oven.’

Name: Michelle Collins 

Age: 59

Famous for? EastEnders and Coronation Street actress

Food facts? In February, Michelle revealed she almost poisoned herself by mistaking a daffodil for a spring onion while making a stir-fry 

Name: Su Pollard

Age: 71

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

Food facts? Su revealed that during a chat with Teresa May’s husband Philip, she decided to shun discussing Brexit and instead detail cakes

Name: Duncan James 

Age: 43

Famous for? Member of boyband Blue

Food facts? Duncan is known for his devotion to health and famously lost one stone in a week with a militant diet 

Name: Kadeena Cox

Age: 30

Famous for? Parasport athlete

Food facts? Kadeena has spoken at length about her diet in the past having recovered from disordered eating and now sticks to healthy athlete diet 

Name: Bez 

Age: 57

Famous for? Happy Monday’s 

Food facts? Bez has admitted that a £100-a-week chocolate habit led him to launching a health and fitness overhaul 

Name: Dion Dublin

Age: 51

Famous for? Presenter and retired footballer

Food facts? Dion dedicated some time in lockdown to helping out at Flintshire Foodbank

Name: Gavin Esler

Age: 68

Famous for? Newsnight  presenter

Food facts? Gavin took to Twitter previously to reveal that his favourite food groups are craft beer and curry 

Name: Munya Chawawa

Age: 28

Famous for? Comedian

Food facts? Earlier this year, Munya criticised the government’s handling of its free school meals policy in a viral sketch


Name: Patrick Grant

Age: 48

Famous for? The Great British Sewing Bee

Food facts? On his tips for eating, he said: ‘Bulk food shopping is your best friend, and big-batch cooking is your strongest monetary ally’


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