I have to admit to being a fan of the MasterChef programmes. None more than the professionals. Watching, even already talented, chefs hone their craft in some of the finest restaurants in the world is stimulating — even for the viewer; but I also like the celebrity version as well.

L-R Frankie Bridge, John Partridge, Anita Harris, Spencer Mathews, Jean Johansson

This year’s contestants will have many viewers asking, “Who the hell is that?” There is the usual lot from ‘reality TV shows’, soap operas, singers and sportsmen. They arrive in groups of five and over two shows three of them get unceremoniously chucked out!! The first 10 have been narrowed down to four so far. Of those that I have seen to date, there are a couple that are standing out. One is the ‘Made in Chelsea’ star who has brought some ‘eye candy’ to the proceedings (along side probably Josh Cuthbert — anyone remember Union J? — and AJ Pritchard — the baby face professional dancer from Strictly). Spencer has already brought on some controversy as apparently he has taken cookery lessons. So what? if you are going to enter a competition or take an exam, what do you do? revise and practice. At the moment he’s my odds on favourite along side Corrie actor, John Partridge and 6′ 10″ rugby ace, Martin Bayfield . We have lost the delightful septuagenarian Anita Harris but watch out for the cheeky cockney actress and Loose Woman Lisa Maxwell. And who knew that Dolly Parton had a sister? Well, you do now.

Chef John Torode and Co-Presenter Greg Wallace


The whole thing is held together by the delightful Aussie Chef, John Torode and the green grocer turned superstar, Greg Wallace. the show is aired on BBC One Thursday and Friday nights.