‘Celebrity MasterChef’ fans have fallen in love with 'The Repair Shop' star Will Kirk — here's why

Will Kirk on Celebrity MasterChef
Celebrity MasterChef fans have fallen in love with Will Kirk. (Image credit: BBC)

A brand new set of celebrity contestants took to the kitchen in Celebrity MasterChef this week. With TV personality Katie Price, TV presenter and football legend Dion Dublin, actor and presenter Joe Swash, The Repair Shop furniture restorer Will Kirk and actress Melissa Johns all competing to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef champion.

Fans particularly took a shine to expert furniture restorer Will Kirk, who is best known for his work on The Repair Shop. Although his cooking skills were not up to par, viewers loved his kind and sweet personality.

Will Kirk and the rest of the team on Celebrity MasterChef

Will Kirk was up against Melissa Johns, Katie Price, Joe Swash and Dion Dublin.  (Image credit: BBC)

The first challenge was Under the Cloche, where the contestants had one hour to create a dish showcasing the mysterious ingredient hidden under the cloche. 

Will got chickpeas, which is an ingredient he was familiar with as he makes hummus at home for his vegan wife. However, Will decided to not go down the hummus route and instead roast the chickpeas and serve them with chicken wrapped in bacon, chilli roasted butternut squash, olives, onions, garlic, and a tomato sauce. 

After Will kept constantly opening the oven door and letting the heat escape, John was worried that the chicken wouldn’t be cooked properly.

Gregg Wallace was hesitant to try the dish, saying “I’m very nervous of your chicken.” After cutting it open, he discovered the chicken was in fact raw and after tasting the chickpeas John Torode told him that he had dried them out. 

Gregg finished off his feedback with “It’s not great, but there are lessons to draw from it.” A disappointed Will said, “I’m really upset with myself. I shouldn’t have opened up the door so many times and let all that heat out. And, you know, here we are.” 

Next, was The Street Food Challenge, where they had to list every ingredient they could taste, see or smell in a street food dish from a different country, and then recreate it with the ingredients given to them under a cloth. However, there were a few rogue ingredients added to the mix to throw the celebrities off. 

Will Kirk on Celebrity MasterChef

Sadly Will was sent home in last night's episode. (Image credit: BBC)

The dish they tried this week was a popular dish from Jamaica called Escovitch fish and festival dumplings. John deemed Will’s dumplings as “not bad” and Gregg enjoyed his dish, telling him that, “And you fish is cooked well. You can do it.” After his chicken blunder, Will was ecstatic to hear the good news and even said that he almost cried!

The final challenge was The Dinner Party Challenge, where the celebrities must cook a dish that they would serve up to friends or family if they came over for dinner. Will cooked duck breast and sweet potato mash with tender stem broccoli and a red wine jus, made from cranberries, orange, and honey.

Although it was visually pleasing, unlucky Will’s duck was raw yet again, which frustrated the judges.

Unfortunately, his raw poultry dishes were enough to send him home, leaving the viewers and Will gutted that he was the first one out. But, even if he wasn't this year's Celebrity MasterChef champion, he was still a winner in the eyes of the fans...

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Celebrity MasterChef continues tonight at 9pm on BBC1. 

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!

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