Celebrity MasterChef UK 2021 episode 1: The first group of five celebrities taking on this year’s culinary challenge are actors Su Pollard and Rita Simons, Duncan James from pop band Blue, Happy Mondays legend Bez and comedian Munya Chawawa.
The first challenge for the five hopefuls is a new one, Under the Cloche. In front of each celebrity is a cloche, underneath which is an ingredient. Each celebrity has a different ingredient and must create one dish showcasing that ingredient to demonstrate to the judges they have potential. With nerves running high and just over an hour to create their dishes from scratch, the celebrities must think on their feet to impress the judges.
Next, it’s another brand new challenge – the Street Food Challenge. The celebrities are presented with a popular street food dish from Denmark, frikadeller with red cabbage and apples. They must taste it and try to identify the ingredients. They then have to cook this classic national dish themselves, using not a recipe but their instincts about how it is made. Will their attempts impress, or will they fall short of the mark?
Then, in the final test of culinary creativity, the contestants are asked to prepare their Dinner Party Dish – something they would cook to impress if someone was coming round to eat – in just one hour. At the end of this test, one of them will be sent home. Who can handle the pressure and show the judges they have the skills, creativity and flair to progress further in the competition?
Celebrity MasterChef UK 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.