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The oven is hot and the pans are set to boil…

Famous faces from TV, music and sport are bracing themselves for the heat 
of the kitchen as Celebrity MasterChef returns.

Over six weeks, 20 celebrities will have their culinary skills tested as judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace look on.

Hoping to impress in tonight’s first heat are actor Keith Allen, TV presenter Michelle Ackerley and former England rugby player Martin Bayfield.

They’re joined by Union J star Josh Cuthbert and Carol Decker of 1980s pop band T’Pau.

And this isn’t the first time Carol has crossed paths with Gregg…

Celebrity MasterChef BBC1

T’Pau star Carol Decker is one of 20 celebrities taking part in the series

“Gregg and I did a TV show back in 2007 called Just The Two of Us, where I had to teach him to sing,” she explains.

“We clashed a bit, so I thought this would be his chance to get his own back on me, but he was actually super-sweet!”

“I was nervous about cooking for him. But I’d definitely say that my cooking is better than his singing!”

Best not to give her any china plates though, eh?

Continues tomorrow.

TV Times rating: ****