Celebrity MasterChef UK 2021 episode 5: Tonight’s first challenge is a Knowledge and Skills Test. They attempt to demonstrate their ability to identify four types of flavourings before being asked to make calamari and tartare sauce in just 20 minutes.
At this point in the competition, the celebrities would usually be sent to work with and learn from a professional chef in their restaurant kitchen. But as this is not currently possible, John and Gregg bring the chef to the celebrities. One of the UK’s top fish specialists, Mitch Tonks, challenges each of the four celebrities to cook one of his favourite seafood recipes.
Then, to stay in the competition, the celebrities must channel all they have learned from Mitch into one dish inspired by a holiday. With just one hour to cook, the celebrities give it their all in a last attempt to prove themselves to the judges. At the end of this test, one of them will be going home.
Celebrity MasterChef UK 2021 episode 5
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.