Heidi Range and Les Dennis thrilled to take part in show
Liverpool comic Les Dennis and Sugababe Heidi Range today revealed the challenges of taking part in the new series of Celebrity MasterChef.
The Scouse pair are among 16 well-known faces who will appear in the show when it returns to BBC1 at the end of this month.
Les and Heidi, pictured in their MasterChef aprons for the first time, hope to follow in the footsteps of past winner Liz McClarnon.
Former Family Fortunes host Les said his Merseyside roots came in handy in the kitchen and there was one dish he could rustle up to wow – a bowl of Scouse.
The Garston-born TV star said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Celebrity MasterChef journey.
“I’m a big fan of the show, you’ll have to tune in to see how I fare. I learned so many skills in cookery during filming.
“But of course I can already do a mean pan of Scouse.”
Aintree singer Heidi, who said her last television project Dancing On Ice proved a lifeline after she broke up with fiance Dave Berry, also signed up.
But she admitted facing the heat of the kitchen was tough despite feeling the pressure on the ice.
She said: “Taking part in MasterChef was definitely a challenge. But I loved every single minute of it and now know what to do with a spider crab!”
In order to win Heidi’s culinary creations will have to live up to fellow pop star Liz, who was the 2008 champ and Wirral chef Claire Lara who won MasterChef: The Professionals in 2010.
Presenters John Torode and Gregg Wallace will return with a fresh batch of competitors including boxer Joe Calzaghe, broadcaster Janet Street-Porter and Boyzone’s Shane Lynch.
The line-up features actors John Thomson, Denise Black, Brian Capron and comedians Ade Edmondson, Katy Brand and Shappi Khorsandi.
TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff, triple jumper Phillips Idowu, cricketer Matthew Hoggard, rapper Speech Debelle and Jo Wood, the ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie, will also be put through their paces.