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‘Celebrity MasterChef’ viewers are impressed with Penny Lancaster’s cooking skills

Celebrity MasterChef star Penny Lancaster
Penny Lancaster impressed Celebrity MasterChef fans. (Image credit: BBC)

Celebrity MasterChef fans marveled at Penny’s culinary skills and lovely personality on the show, and some viewers are even rooting for her to win! 

Formel supermodel and wife of rock and roll legend Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster, faced off with the remaining contestants, Melanie Sykes, Megan McKenna and Nabil Abdulrashid once more to win over the judges with their dishes. The first challenge saw them do a knowledge test where they had to taste and identify four flavourings from all around the world, such as tahini, harissa, miso and wasabi. Penny only managed to guess one out of the four correctly, but then it was time to impress Gregg and John with the skills test, which was to make calamari rings and a tartare sauce to go with it in 15 minutes.

Unfortunately, Penny was left red-faced after finding out her food was inedible from the judges, with John describing the tartare sauce as “a raw egg/oil milkshake.” He went on to say, “Unfortunately I can’t eat it,” but they were still impressed with her calamari rings.

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Even after the tartare sauce fail, Penny’s positivity still shone through as she happily said, “So, overall, I feel pretty good about that. I can go, ‘Kids, calamari!’ Mummy’s new dish! They’ll be asking for it every night now.”

For the next challenge, they brought in one of the top specialist chefs in the country, Mitch Tonks. He began his career as a fishmonger and now owns the seafood restaurant chain Rockfish. 

The contestants were in charge of cooking some of Mitch’s favourite seafood dishes. Penny’s assigned dish was a pan-fried turbot served with buttered spinach and hollandaise sauce, which left Mitch “gobsmacked” at how fabulous it was. John and Gregg were just as amazed with John defining it as “Absolutely perfect” and Gregg saying, “This is fantastic, Penny! Where did you come from?!” which left Penny with a beaming smile on her face.

The final challenge was to meet the brief of cooking a dish inspired by a holiday. Penny decided to cook a chicken curry with a Creole green papaya chutney and a fruit salad with coconut rice, which was inspired by her glorious family holiday to the Seychelles. 

Penny managed to dazzle Gregg and John once again with her incredible dish with Gregg finding it hard to stop eating from each bowl as he loved it all and John telling Penny: “You’re on a roll, Penny, aren’t you? Cos that’s very, very good.”

Fans expressed their admiration for Penny’s friendly and enthusiastic personality as well as her great cooking on Twitter.

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Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. 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.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off, and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!