Strictly Come Dancing professional-turned-judge Anton Du Beke is joining the likes of The ChaseAnne Hegerty, This Morning‘s Josie Gibson, and Love Island‘s Maura Higgins for a brand new series of Cooking with the Stars.
Well, who wouldn’t want to swap the dancefloor for the kitchen?
Following earlier confirmation of a second run of Cooking with the StarsITV has now announced the official line-up of the reality competition, which pairs eight celebrities with a professional chef who will teach them to become a culinary genius.
The famous faces taking part this time around include Anton, Anne, Josie, Maura, Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes, TV expert Dr Ranj Singh, comedian Joe Wilkinson, and influencer Woody Cook.
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Across a number of exciting cooking battles, the stars and their mentors will produce dishes to be judged by the remaining professionals.
The two least successful celebrities will then have to fight for their place in the competition by creating a dish without any help from their mentor. Their fate will be decided through a blind taste test, so there’s every chance a star’s own mentor could give them the chop.
Rosemary Shrager, Ronnie Murray, Jack Stein, Judy Joo, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Tony Singh, Clodagh McKenna, and Mike Reid are the professionals offering their expertise for the latest series, while Emma Willis and Tom Allen will be present.
“Tom and I had so much fun last series and I’m looking forward to getting back into the kitchen,” Emma said of Cooking with the Stars‘return.
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“The pressure the celebs are under is real and once the competition starts heating up everybody wants to win, but I’m hoping there isn’t as much blood as last series!”
Tom claimed that he and Emma had been busy “polishing [their] frying pans in preparation “for the new episodes.
He added: “The celebrities are being trained by some of the best chefs in the business, and with the clock ticking it’s always tense to see if they’ll improve their cooking enough each week to measure up to the judges’ high standards.”
Cooking with the Stars airs on ITV. Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.
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