Celebrity MasterChef 2014: EastEnders and Coronation Street to fight it out in the kitchen

There’s an EastEnders (opens in new tab) versus Coronation Street (opens in new tab) element to this summer’s Celebrity MasterChef, which will see a star-studded line up from the worlds of music and show business slicing and dicing, chopping and candy-popping and creaming and preening (the food, not themselves) as they battle it out to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2014 champion.

Ex-Eastenders Todd Carty (opens in new tab) (Mark Fowler), Emma Barton (opens in new tab) (Honey Mitchell), Alex Ferns (opens in new tab) (Trevor Morgan) and Sophie Thompson (opens in new tab) (Stella Crawford) are in the mix, along with former Coronation Street favourite Ken Morley (opens in new tab) (Reg Holdsworth).

There’s also a dash of Holby City (opens in new tab) in the shape of Tina Hobley (opens in new tab) (who was also in Coronation Street) and Leslie Ash (opens in new tab).

The other celebrities making up the 20 contestants are: I’m A Celebrity (opens in new tab)… winner Christopher Biggins (opens in new tab), former Waterloo Road (opens in new tab) star Amanda Burton (opens in new tab), singers Kiki Dee (opens in new tab) and ex-JLS star JB Gill (opens in new tab), actor/director Jason Connery (opens in new tab) (son of Sean), presenters Alison Hammond (opens in new tab) and Tania Bryer (opens in new tab), astrologer Russell Grant (opens in new tab), adventurer Charley Boorman (opens in new tab), dancer/choreographer Wayne Sleep (opens in new tab), former super model Jodie Kidd (opens in new tab), author/presenter Susannah Constantine (opens in new tab) (one half of Trinny and Susannah) and Made in Chelsea (opens in new tab)’s Millie Mackintosh (opens in new tab).

”Each year we approach Celebrity with a mixture of fear and hope - will any of them actually be able to cook? It is often a terrifyingly rocky road to get from the early disasters to the real hard core-cooking talent. This year will not disappoint!” said Karen Ross, creative director of programme-maker Shine:Soho.

Executive Producer for the BBC, Carla-Maria Lawson said: "This year's series promises some real surprises as our celebrity hopefuls swap stage, screen and catwalk for the kitchen. Be prepared to see a very different side to some well known faces as the competition heats up!"

The series will air over six weeks in 13 episodes. The first four heat weeks will see task masters and judges John Torode (opens in new tab) and Gregg Wallace (opens in new tab) concentrate on whittling down the celebrities, testing their abilities until only the best eight go through to the fifth and semi-final week.

Semi-final challenges will include cooking for Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, the Great British Recipe Test with expert Rosemary Shrager as guest judge, and the first-ever Relay Invention Test, as two teams have just one hour to collectively cook a single dish.

The sixth and final week will see the remaining cooks draw on all their skills as they face the notorious restaurant critics, and a daunting outside challenge at London’s Olympic Park. 

This year’s 90-minute final is a double-whammy as the three best celebrity cooks first have to face the most terrifying of Chef’s Table’s hosted by Francesco Mazzei and feeding none other than the Italian cooking-mafia - Antonio Carluccio, Aldo Zilli, Theo Randall and Giorgio Locatelli.

Then they will return to MC HQ to cook their best three-course meal for John and Gregg, before they decide who the true cooking star is and worthy of becoming Celebrity MasterChef 2014.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of previous winners Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner, Jayne Middlemiss, Liz McClarnon, Nadia Sawalha and Matt Dawson.

Celebrity MasterChef (opens in new tab) will air on BBC1 this summer.