Can th­ese 18 celebri­ties take the heat or will they be forced out of the kitchen? Guy Davis in­spects the in­gre­di­ents for Ten’s up­com­ing Celebrity MasterChef.

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Ten has been teas­ing us over the past cou­ple of weeks, re­veal­ing ever so grad­u­ally the iden­ti­ties of the per­son­al­i­ties tak­ing part in Celebrity MasterChef, the star-stud­ded spin-off of the phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful MasterChef Aus­tralia.

But now the word is out, and the 18 celebri­ties who’ll be slav­ing over a hot stove for our view­ing plea­sure have been named. And, true to form for this kind of pro­gram, it’s a de­cid­edly di­verse bunch of par­tic­i­pants.

The 18-strong line-up has its share of Ten stars, in­clud­ing Big­gest Loser trainer Michelle Bridges, Talkin’ ’ Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion Gen-Y co­me­dian Josh Thomas and Video Hits host Faustina “ Fuzzy” Agol­ley.

But Celebrity MasterChef has also brought to­gether no­table names from the world of sport, in­clud­ing AFL foot­baller Ryan O’Keefe, record-break­ing Olympic swim­mer Ea­mon Sul­li­van and Aussie bats­man Si­mon Katich.

Peter FitzSi­mons, for­merly a rugby player but per­haps bet­ter known th­ese days as a colum­nist, broad­caster and au­thor, has also signed on for the show, as have vet­eran jour­nal­ist Ge­orge Ne­gus and news an­chor Indira Naidoo.

The mu­sic in­dus­try is rep­re­sented by singer-song­writer Alex Lloyd and INXS sax­o­phon­ist Kirk Pengilly.

And round­ing out the line-up are Un­der­belly star Si­mon West­away, fash­ion de­signer and Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model judge Alex Perry, Miss Uni­verse con­tes­tant Rachael Finch ( who ini­tially de­nied she was tak­ing part), Hi-5 found­ing mem­ber Kath­leen de Leon, co­me­dian Peter Row­sthorn, broad­caster Wendy Harmer and Queens­land premier Anna Bligh.

( There’s al­ready been a small de­gree of con­tro­versy at­tached to Celebrity MasterChef, with ac­tor Steve Bis­ley drop­ping out of the pro­gram in the wake of an as­sault charge. Ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous me­dia re­ports, how­ever, Bis­ley’s de­par­ture was linked to a prior work com­mit­ment.)

“ We’re re­ally fl at­tered that this es­teemed and well-known group of celebri­ties want to be a part of Celebrity MasterChef,” said Ge­orge Calom­baris, who along with Gary Me­hi­gan and Matt Pre­ston is one of the show’s three judges.

“ I’m keen to see how good they are in the kitchen and how they’ll cope with Gary and I stand­ing over them ques­tion­ing their ev­ery move. It will be a fun show and we’re hav­ing a blast shoot­ing it at the mo­ment.”

In­deed, fi lm­ing on Celebrity MasterChef is cur­rently un­der way in Syd­ney, with the 18 con­tes­tants di­vided into groups of three to com­pete in heats that will give them a sin­gle chance to dis­play their worth.

Fac­ing two chal­lenges al­ready fa­mil­iar to view­ers of MasterChef Aus­tralia, the celebs will have to per­form un­der the gaze of the judges, with only one mak­ing it through the next phase of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The six celebri­ties who make it through to the semi-fi nals will then face fur­ther culi­nary chal­lenges as they at­tempt to se­cure a spot in the Celebrity MasterChef grand fi nal.

Given the amaz­ing suc­cess of MasterChef Aus­tralia, it’s only nat­u­ral that a spin-off like this one would be fast-tracked.

But will view­ers’ taste buds be tempted by an all-star line-up af­ter so much en­joy­ment was had watch­ing the everyday likes of Julie, Poh and Chris whip up de­li­cious dishes? All will be re­vealed when Celebrity MasterChef makes its de­but at the end of the month.

Tried and tested method: Gary Me­hi­gan, Matt Pre­ston and Ge­orge Calom­baris, the judges of the in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful MasterChef Aus­tralia, re­turn to present the new se­ries of Celebrity MasterChef, which will see tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties ( right, from top) Michelle Bridges, Kath­leen de Leon, Faustina “ Fuzzy” Agol­ley, Alex Perry and Josh Thomas among the 18 con­tes­tants.

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