Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is nearly here!
The boys are back -this time to taste some celebrities creations. (Picture: Cody Burridge/Plank PR/PA Wire)

Celebrity MasterChef 2017 will grace our screens on BBC One at 8pm on Wednesday August 16.

The show will return at the end of the summer, which puts the celebs’ cooking skills to the test in a truly heated competition.

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Celebrity MasterChef doesn’t cut the celebrities any slack as it is judged by the pair who judge the original MasterChef show – John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

This year we will see 20 celebrities take part, seasoning, boiling and basting until the winner comes out on top.

The official line-up for this year’s Celebrity MasterChef:

  • Singer Rachel Stevens.
  • Presenter Ulrika Jonsson.
  • Magician’s assistant Debbie McGee.
  • Snooker player Stephen Hendry.
Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is nearly here!
Stephen Hendry will be stepping away from the snooker table and serving the dinner table in this years Celebrity MasterChef (Picture:BBC/PA Wire)
  • Actor Brian Bovell.
  • Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
  • Tennis player Henri Leconte.
  • Actor Nick Moran.
  • Triple-J member Jaymi Hensley.
Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is nearly here!
Jaymi Hensley what do boy-bands and kitchen’s have in common? They are both hot. (Picture: BBC/PA Wire)
  • Soprano singer Lesley Garrett.
  • Actor and comedian Abdullah Afzal.
  • Outnumbered actor Tyger Drew-Honey.
  • Gogglebox star and reverend Kate Bottley.
  • Singer and actress Patti Boulaye.
Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is nearly here!
Patti Boulaye might have to drop the mic to stir the pot for the judges.(Picture: BBC/PA Wire.)
  • News reader and reporter Julia Somerville.
  • Radio broadcaster Aasmah Mir.
  • Presenter Angellica Bell.
  • Actor and DJ Dev Griffin.
  • CBBC presenter Barney Harwood.
  • Actor and comedian Jim Moir (Vic Reeves).
Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is nearly here!
Angellica Bell will only be presenting five star meals to the judges. (Picture: BBC/PA Wire)

The first episode on Wednesday at 8pm will see the first batch of five celebrities undertake three challenges to see who can handle the heat.

Jim Moir, Angellica Bell, Stephen Hendry, Julia Somerville and Henri Leconte will star in the first episode, they will be challenged with a ‘Mystery Box; containing lamb loin, goat’s cheese, butternut squash and rhubarb -all to create one dish.

They will also be tested on their cooking skills in teams and they will have to cook in a restaurant kitchen, however for their final task they will be flying solo making their own creation for the judges.

One celebrity will be going home if they don’t impress the judges.

Episode two will be broadcast on Friday, August 18 at 8.30pm and the four remaining celebs will be pushed even further.

Celebrity MasterChef 2017 is nearly here!
Celebrity MasterChef presenters (R) John Torode and (L) Gregg Wallace are ready to make the celebs work for their place in the competition. (Picture: Shine TV)

Presenter Gregg Wallace is a British TV presenter and entrepreneur, he used to run a vegetable stall in Covent Garden before starting a greengrocers company.

He has presented and produced Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4 and Saturday Kitchen on BBC One.

The other half of the dynamic MasterChef duo is John Torode, who is a chef from Melbourne, Australia.

He moved to the UK in 1991 and worked as a sous chef under Sir Terence Conran.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: John Torode during the Master Chef Lunch as part of Advertising Week Europe on March 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
John Torode the straight talking MasterChef judge.(Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

He appeared on MasterChef Australia as a judge and has presented Saturday Kitchen on the BBC.

It has been 9 years since the first celebrity version of MasterChef was aired in 2006, when Matt Dawson, the rugby star, took home the title.

Comedian Ade Edmonson, actress Sophie Thompson, Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha and Torode’s girlfriend Lisa Faulkner are other celebs who have taken home the winning title of Celebrity MasterChef.

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