The new season of Celebrity MasterChef kicks off tonight, with 20 famous contestants hoping to impress Gregg Wallace and John Torode with their culinary skills.


Over the past 16 years, we've seen so many famous faces enter the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen in the hopes of taking home that coveted gong, from athletes and actors to musicians and reality stars.

This week will see Faye Winter, Nancy Dell'Olio, Paul Chuckle, Kae Kurd and Danny Jones be the first from the Celebrity MasterChef line-up to cook in the show's first heats, with the group taking on a street food challenge before whipping up their signature dinner party dish.

Last year, it was Paralympic athlete Kadeena Cox who wowed the judges with her cooking skills but who will be the 2022 victor?

Here are all the previous Celebrity MasterChef winners – dating all the way back to 2006.

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Kadeena Cox: 2021

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Parasport athlete Kadeena Cox was the last person to win Celebrity MasterChef, beating her fellow finalists Megan McKenna and Joe Swash to the trophy with her impressive three-course meal.

The sport star was the first British Paralympian to win gold medals in multiple sports at the same Games after winning two at the 2016 Rio Games. Since competing at the 2020 Olympics, Cox has appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off, The Jump, Celebrity Gogglebox and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.

Riyadh Khalaf: 2020

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Riyadh claimed victory in the 2020 series of the show and he came out on top over the likes of John Barnes, Jeff Brazier, Baga Chipz and Phil Daniels.

The Irish broadcaster, author, activist, and YouTube personality released his book, Yay! You're Gay! Now What? A Gay Boy's Guide to Life, the previous year.

Greg Rutherford: 2019

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2019's winner, athlete Greg Rutherford, won the series after competing against Joey Essex, Strictly's Oti Mabuse and Vicky Pattison.

The Olympian had previously appeared on culinary competition Battlechefs and 2014's series of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.

John Partridge: 2018

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Actor and presenter John Partridge won Celebrity MasterChef in 2018 after beating ex-rugby player Martin Bayfield and Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews in the final.

The EastEnders' star has since authored his own cookbook – There's No Taste Like Home.

Angellica Bell: 2017

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Presenter Angellica Bell won Celebrity MasterChef 2017 after beating Radio 1's Dev Griffin and Ulrika Jonsson to the culinary crown.

The former CBBC host has since co-presented BBC's Big Family Cooking Showdown and published her own cookbook – Fantastic Eats! – in 2019.

Alexis Conran: 2016

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Actor and presenter Alexis Conran won Celebrity MasterChef's eleventh series after beating journalist Louise Minchin and Jimmy Osmond to the title.

The Real Hustle presenter has since presented a radio show on Talkradio and will begin hosting a Time Radio show this year.

Kimberly Wyatt: 2015

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Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt won 2015's Celebrity MasterChef, beating Rylan Clark-Neal, singer Sam Nixon and EastEnders' Scott Maslen in the final.

Since winning MasterChef, Wyatt has presented her own Kitchen Garden segment on Lorraine and reunited with her former girl group for their 2020 reunion tour.

Sophie Thompson: 2014

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Four Weddings and a Funeral's Sophie Thompson won 2014 Celebrity MasterChef with her roulade of duck, roasted brill with a pepper crust and a steamed cherry pudding.

The star of Detectorists and Eat Pray Love competed in the series alongside Christopher Biggins, Kiki Dee, Emma Barton and Russell Grant and has since published her own recipe book – My Family Kitchen.

Ade Edmondson: 2013

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Comedian and actor Ade Edmondson won the eight series of Celebrity MasterChef with his venison with celeriac remoulade, sea bass stuffed with scallop mousse and his strawberry and caramel dessert with shortbread.

The star of Bottom and The Young Ones has since appeared in Sky's Save Me, ITV drama Cheat and EastEnders.

Emma Kennedy: 2012

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Actress and presenter Emma Kennedy won Celebrity MasterChef in 2012 after competing against Gareth Gates, Jenny Eclair and Michael Underwood throughout the series.

The Jonathan Creek actress and author went on to adapt her second book into a six-part BBC series called The Kennedys starring Katherine Parkinson.

Phil Vickery: 2011

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Former rugby player Phil Vickery won 2011's Celebrity MasterChef with scallops, a loin of lamb with baby carrots and fondant potatoes, and chocolate orange bread and butter pudding for dessert.

The tighthead prop beat out journalist Kirsty Wark and Hollyoaks' Nick Pickard for the title and since winning, became the face of 2014's Sausage Week.

Lisa Faulkner: 2010

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Actress and presenter Lisa Faulkner, best known for her roles in Brookside and Holby City, won Celebrity MasterChef ten years ago, beating Christine Hamilton and Dick Strawbridge in the final.

She wowed Greg Wallace and John Torode with her goats cheese and onion tarts, monkfish with butternut squash fondant and almond panna cotta with poached tamarillos.

Since winning, she has embraced her culinary crown by publishing three cookbooks (the latest of which you can find on Amazon now) and presenting a cooking show with now-husband John Torode.

Jayne Middlemiss: 2009

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Television presenter Jayne Middlemiss won Celebrity MasterChef's fourth series, beating Tracy-Anne Oberman, Siân Lloyd and rugby player Brian Moore to the title.

The former Celebrity Love Island contestant has not publicly explored her cooking skills since her 2009 win, but appeared on Pointless Celebrities last year.

Liz McClarnon: 2008

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Former Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon won 2008's series of MasterChef with her prosciutto-wrapped scallops, de-constructed beef wellington with oxtail and stick toffee crème brûlée.

The singer beat out Steps' Claire Richards, presenters Andi Peters and Andrew Castle, and former athlete Denise Lewis for the culinary title.

Since winning, McClarnon has designed a pasta dish for Pizza Hut and appeared on various cooking shows including Sunday Brunch and Saturday Kitchen.

Nadia Sawalha: 2007

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Actress and presenter Nadia Sawalha won the second series of Celebrity MasterChef after competing against the likes of Craig Revel Horwood, Gemma Atkinson, Pauline Quirke and Phil Tufnell.

The Loose Women host has since presented a number of cooking programmes, including Saturday Cookbook and Sunday Scoop, and published six cookbooks – buy her latest on Amazon now.

Matt Dawson: 2006

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Rugby superstar Matt Dawson won Celebrity MasterChef's first ever series, beating athlete Roger Black and presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli in the final.

The former London Wasps scrum half wowed the judges with his salmon carpaccio with scallion pancakes, pan-fried sea bass and his almond and pear tart.

Dawson's culinary adventure didn't stop there. After MasterChef, the sportsman hosted Good Food show Monster Munchies and released his own cookbook – Fresh, Simple, Tasty – in 2009.

Celebrity MasterChef 2020 begins on Wednesday 1st July. If you’re looking for something to watch, check out our TV guide.


Check out Nadia Sawalha's cookbook on Amazon, Sophie Thompson's cookbook, Angellica Bell's cookbook, John Partridge's cookbook and Lisa Faulkner's most recent cookbook on Amazon now.