Celebrity MasterChef – Christmas Cook-Off 2021 episode 1: Deck the halls, stuff the turkey and break out the Christmas fizz as ten of the most memorable celebrities from past series come back to compete in festive-themed Celebrity MasterChef specials hosted by judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode.
In the first special, we welcome back Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse, reality star Joey Essex, former professional football player Neil Ruddock, comedian Judi Love and actor and national treasure Su Pollard to see who can take home the title of Christmas champion and the new Celebrity MasterChef Golden Whisk trophy.
The celebrities face two Christmas-themed tests. The first is an invention test: each contender must create a dish using ingredients found in a seasonal advent calendar. Then they are challenged to cook either their ultimate Christmas dinner using well-known seasonal ingredients or an alternative Christmas meal.
Celebrity MasterChef – Christmas Cook-Off 2021 episode 1
Celebrity MasterChef was devised as a celebrity version of MasterChef Goes Large. The show was screened on BBC One from 2006 to 2011. Originally, 24 celebrities participated in each series with three contestants per episode following the full MasterChef Goes Large test.
In 2011, the programme was moved to a daily daytime slot with 30 episodes screened over six weeks and with only 16 celebrities. Catch-up shows were broadcast on Fridays at 20:30 (30 minutes) and on Saturdays at various times (60 minutes). In 2012, the show moved to BBC Two due to low ratings and returned to an evening 18:30 slot. In 2013, it moved back to BBC One prime time, shown at 20:00. Since 2014, the show has had 20 celebrities competing for the title.