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2021’s star-studded Celebrity MasterChef line up revealed

The celebrity edition of the popular series is making a triumphant return to screens, 12 years since the first episode aired.

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Australia’s most iconic kitchen will be bursting with an array of famous faces later this year, when 10 of the country’s celebrities will test out their home cooking skills in the MasterChef Kitchen. 

This is the first Celebrity MasterChef series since the program’s debut in 2009, marking a triumphant return for the show 12 years after the first edition aired, which featured Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston as the judging panel. 

Current MasterChef judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo will return for the star-studded competition, putting their own taste buds through a range of mouth-watering dishes, as they discover which celebrities have the palate and skill to chop, slice and sizzle their way to win the coveted Celebrity MasterChef Australia trophy.

Contestant Ian Thorpe has big shoes to fill as the 2009 series champion was Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan, who took home $50,000 for his charity Swim Survive Stay Alive. 

Acclaimed Aussie actors, Rebecca Gibney and Matt Le Nevez will compete for the title of Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021, along with renowned fashion designer Collette Dinnigan whose iconic style is sure to bring a touch of glitz and glamour to the competition.

Following a stellar career in the pool, gold medal Olympian Ian Thorpe will be going for gold in the kitchen, competing alongside Korean-born Australian singersongwriter, multi-instrumentalist performing artist, Dami Im, who will be swapping her microphone for a kitchen whisk.

Radio presented Chrissie Swan from Nova 100 will be entering the kitchen as well as comedian Dilruk Jayasinha, who may not be laughing when it comes to plating up his culinary delights in front of the intimindating MasterChef judges.

After years of battling it out in the world’s biggest sports stadiums, Australian professional football legend Archie Thompson and AFL champion and Fox Footy presenter Nick Riewoldt, are gearing up for a different challenge when the MasterChef Kitchen becomes their new playing ground. 

And finally, ready to face the heat in the kitchen, is British TV presenter and daughter of internationally renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay, Tilly Ramsay, who will no doubt be used to the pressure of the kitchen having grown up with one of the world’s most famously fiery chefs.

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