The first five celebrities undertake three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove their cookery talent to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
The second heat week sees five more celebrities enter the MasterChef kitchen to undertake three tough culinary challenges in a bid to prove themselves to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Battling for the crown are actor Laila Morse, former rugby world captain Neil Back, former member of 80's pop group The Communards Richard Coles, singer and songwriter Amelle Berrabah and Blue singer Simon Webbe. The first challenge for the five hopefuls is the Mystery Box; the infamous test of imagination and creativity. They must use the given ingredients including king prawns, noodles, chilli and mango, as well as a larder, to create just one dish - sweet or savoury. With nerves running high and just 50 minutes to create something from scratch, the celebrities must think on their feet to impress the judges. The celebrities are then split into two groups to take on the challenge of cooking for the first time in a restaurant kitchen, preparing dishes for paying customers. Richard and Amelle are sent to Asia De Cuba in the West End, while Laila, Neil and Simon head to Zebrano in the City of London. The celebrities in both kitchens soon learn that the pressure of a restaurant in full service has to be experienced to be believed. In the final test of culinary creativity, it's back to the MasterChef headquarters. The contestants are asked to prepare a two-course menu of their own design in just one hour. The celebrities work furiously in a last attempt to prove themselves to the judges, because at the end of this test one of them will be going home.
The four remaining celebrities fight for a place in the semi-finals. Their first challenge is a relay invention test, and it's all about teamwork. Split into two teams, each team must create a main course and a pudding between them, using a whole cod for the main and chocolate for the pudding, as well as a range of fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices. Each team member has 25 minutes to make their contribution to the dishes, but they can't communicate with one another, so each cook must try and work out what the dishes are meant to be from the clues left behind by their teammate, before continuing the work they've started. For the final 15 minutes, the team members come together to finish the dishes, but will the celebrities be able to create something successful? The celebrities then remain in their teams and are sent out on their first mass catering challenge, where they have to make lunch for over 100 members of staff at Battersea Power Station. With an array of ingredients including steak, kidneys, chicken as well as a range of fruit and vegetables, the two teams must devise, prepare and serve the lunch, catering for various tastes while creating meat based, vegetarian and dessert dishes in volume. In the heat of the kitchen, the celebrities will have to rely on teamwork skills as well as their culinary ones to triumph.
Actors Sid Owen and Tina Malone, champion Paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and TV personality Amy Childs take part in the third heat. In the Mystery Box challenge, they must create a dish using ingredients based on an American diner theme. They are then thrown in at the deep end as they take part in lunchtime service at two busy London restaurants, cooking for the public. Then it is back to HQ as the contestants prepare a two-course meal to convince the judges they deserve to retain their place in the competition.
This week's heat continues with the four celebrities battling for a semi-final place. The first challenge involves two contesants teaming up to create a main course and pudding. However, one takes over the work of the other without any verbal communication, before the two come together at the final stage. Following that, still paired up, they must prepare lunch for over a hundred staff at Vigin Atlantic's training centre, making meat and vegetarian dishes plus dessert in high volume. Finally, back at HQ, the chefs cook a two-course meal to be judged not only by Greg and John, but the reigning competition champion as well as two previous finalists.
The hunt for a champion continues as we welcome the final five celebrities to the challenge in the last of the heats. Trying to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace are Olympic champion boxer Audley Harrison, Strictly Come Dancing professional Gleb Savchenko, antiques expert David Harper, TV presenter Cherry Healey and singer and entertainer Jimmy Osmond. The first challenge for the five hopefuls is the Invention Test, the infamous test of imagination and creativity. This episode's box has a French theme, and the celebrities must use the given ingredients, including duck, bacon, Morteau sausage, cheese and pears, as well as a larder, to create just one dish - sweet or savoury. With nerves running high and just 60 minutes to create something from scratch, the celebrities must think on their feet to impress the judges. With the first test over, there's no let-up as the celebrities face paying customers for the first time, working during lunchtime service in two busy London restaurants. Audley, Jimmy and Cherry are sent to Kojawan, where they face a real baptism of fire trying to keep up with orders in this busy Pan Asian restaurant, while Gleb and David try to impress and master the dishes at Indigo. In the final test of culinary creativity it's back to the MasterChef headquarters, as the contestants are asked to prepare a two-course menu of their own design. The celebrities work furiously in a last attempt to prove themselves to the judges, because at the end of this test one of them will be going home.
This episode features the last of the heats, as the battle for the last two places in the semi-finals reaches its climax. The first challenge is a Relay Invention Test, and it's all about teamwork. Split into two teams, each team must create a main course and a pudding between them using turkey for the main, berries for the pudding and a range of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Each team member has 25 minutes to make their contribution to the dishes, but they can't communicate with one another, so each cook must try and work out what the dishes are meant to be from the clues left behind by their teammate and then carry on. Then for the final 15 minutes the team members come together to finish the dishes The celebrities then remain in their teams and are sent out on their first mass-catering challenge, making lunch at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire for 80 elite athletes, including members of the Great Britain men's hockey team. With an array of ingredients, the two teams must devise, prepare and serve the lunch, catering for various tastes while creating meat-based, vegetarian and dessert dishes in volume. Then it's back to MasterChef headquarters for the final test. The four celebrities must now cook a faultless two-course meal that will not only be judged by John and Gregg but also by past Celebrity MasterChef champion Lisa Faulkner (2010), previous finalist Christine Hamilton (2010) and semi-finalist Christopher Biggins (2014). With their last chances to impress for a semi-final place, emotions in the kitchen are running high, and the pressure proves too much for some contestants. The celebrity judges deliver some frank and cutting responses to some of the dishes, but others fare much better. This is the last chance for the contestants to earn themselves a semi-final place and come one step closer to winning the title of Celebrity MasterChef 2016. For those who don't make the grade the journey ends here.
After four weeks of intense competition it's the first of the semi-finals, and the best cooks remain. The show kicks off with the celebrities' toughest challenge so far - cooking a feast for 70 guests in specially constructed marquee kitchens in a freezing field - so conditions are tough! Split into two teams, it's a race against the clock as the celebrities must design and create four mouthwatering dishes each (meat, fish, vegetarian and dessert) from a selection of ingredients including saddle of lamb, hake, whole salmon and quail, as well as a selection of fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Next it's back to the MasterChef kitchen, where they face an Invention Test with a difference. Each contestant is given their favourite ingredient to work with and, along with a well-stocked larder, has 90 minutes to create a dish that celebrates their chosen ingredient to keep them in the competition. Favourite ingredient choices range from mackerel to scallops, chicken breasts to chicken thighs and haggis. At the end of this challenge more celebrities will be going home, and their dream of being Celebrity MasterChef champion 2016 will be over.
It's the last of the semi-finals, and the remaining six celebrity cooks continue to battle for the MasterChef title. Their first task is the Great Classic Dish Test. Each of the six benches in the MasterChef kitchen contains the ingredients and recipe to make a different classic dish from around the world, including chicken kiev, a Portuguese fish stew, lamb koftas and queen of puddings. To stay in the competition, the celebrities must pick a bench at random and then perfectly cook the dish that's on it. Next, the remaining five celebrities face their most daunting challenge yet - to prepare a five-course dinner for the Chelsea Pensioners in celebration of HM the Queen's 90th birthday. However, they won't be cooking their own dishes. They will be cooking the menu of one the country's greatest chefs - Nigel Haworth of Michelin-starred Northcote Manor. Under his guidance, and following a recipe, they will each have to recreate one of his dishes, but to succeed they will have to master ideas and techniques they could never have imagined. Finally it's back to the MasterChef kitchen, where the final five must each create one exceptional dish that celebrates the life of someone important to them. The celebrities must impress John and Gregg by showing that they can put passion into their dishes and have the heart and determination to remain in the competition. The greatest cooks in the world are able to show emotion through their food - will our remaining cooks be able to do the same?
It's Finals Week on Celebrity MasterChef, and the four remaining cooks continue to battle for the Celebrity MasterChef title. The celebrities' first challenge is their most daunting yet - John's Palate Test. John cooks a highly complex dish - Korean fried chicken with Asian salad - which the celebrities have to taste and then identify the ingredients in. They then have one hour and fifteen minutes to recreate the dish themselves. Then, in their last challenge as a quartet, the celebrities must cook two dishes of their own design for four of the country's most feared restaurant critics for a place in the final three. Serving food to these masters of the dining room is a daunting task for even the most adept chefs, and the celebrities' choice of dishes are key to securing them a place in the final. Will their ingredients, flavours and presentation be enough to impress, or will they fall short of the mark and lose their chance to be Celebrity MasterChef? By the end of tonight's show only the three best cooks will still be in the running for the title.
The first batch of five celebrities undertake three challenges to prove their talent.
Previous champions return to help decide who should go through to the semi-finals.
The second heat week sees five more celebrities face three culinary challenges.
The heat's four remaining celebrities fight for two semi-final places.
The third heat begins, with five more celebrities taking on three challenges.
2016 champion Alexis Conran is among those returning to help with the judging.
The final five celebrities face three culinary challenges as the last heat begins.
The battle for the last two semi-final places reaches its climax.
It is the first of the semi-finals, and the best eight cooks remain.
It is the last of the semi-finals, and the six celebrities become four.
It is finals week, and the four remaining cooks continue to battle for the title.
Just two challenges stand between the three remaining celebrities and the title.