'Celebrity MasterChef' 2021 — start date, contestants, judges and everything you need to know

Celebrity MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Celebrity MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. (Image credit: BBC)

Celebrity MasterChef 2021 is here, and there are 20 new celebrities waiting to compete for that coveted MasterChef trophy. From singers to comedians, there's a whole host of talent ready to show judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode just how good they are in the kitchen.

Speaking about the new series, editor Katie Attwood said: "This year’s line-up promises a huge amount of humour and entertainment.

"Lockdown has proved productive for our famous faces’ culinary skills and we are set to see some exceptional talent and astonishing dishes as the celebrities swap their day jobs for a spot in the MasterChef kitchen."

Here's everything we know about Celebrity MasterChef...

Celebrity MasterChef release date

Celebrity Masterchef started on Monday 9th August at 9pm on BBC1, with an hour-long episode. You can also catch up on any missed episodes on iPlayer.

The show airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays on BBC1 at 9pm. 

Who are the celebrity contestants?

MasterChef confirmed the exciting line-up in a social media post, revealing there's 20 new contestants competing against each other this season. Here's who's taking part...

Who are the judges?

Gregg Wallace and John Torode return as head judges for Celebrity MasterChef, and they'll be joined by guest judges such as renowned chefs Tom Kerridge, Nisha Katona, and Nieves Barragan Mohacho. Other judges will likely be confirmed closer to the series.

Who's been eliminated from the competition?

So far, Munya Chawawa, Duncan James, Rita Simons, Patrick Grant, Nabil Abdul Rashid, Penny Lancaster, Will Kirk, Melissa Johns, Katie Price and Michelle Collins have all been eliminated from this year's Celebrity MasterChef. 

That completes the eliminations for the first few weeks, so we'll have to wait and see who's knocked out of the competition in the coming weeks.