Dame Mary Berry will make a surprise appearance on Celebrity MasterChef in the semi-final of the cooking competition next week.
She will appear on next Thursday’s episode of the BBC series, September 8, where the remaining contestants will be tasked with recreating one of Dame Mary’s ‘favorite and delicious classic recipes’.
Celebrities will have to “master unknown ingredients and techniques” in hopes of impressing Dame Mary and judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode.
Dame Mary, 87, said: “I can’t wait to see these talented MasterChef semi-finalists bring my dishes to life and hope these are recipes they would also love to make at home.
“However, they must remember that I have eyes in the back of my head. They might think I’m not watching, but I will…”
Celebrities fighting in the kitchen this week include Strictly Come Dancing pro Katya Jones, actor Adam Pearson, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Kitty Scott-Claus, radio and TV presenter Lisa Snowdon and star from the Ryan Thomas soap opera.
Professional dancer Jones, 33, returns to the Strictly lineup this year as BBC One’s flagship show returns for its 20th series.
She made Strictly history in 2020, dancing as part of the show’s first gay couple alongside boxer Nicola Adams, but their trip was cut short after Jones tested positive for Covid-19 and they were forced to leave the show early.
She said of Celebrity MasterChef: “I’ve been a professional dancer for 30 years, I’ve been a teacher and I’m still in control.
“I’ve been learning my craft for so long that I thought being on the other side, being the newbie, being the amateur and being judged for something that’s so outside of my comfort zone is going to make me a better person. .
“I’m going to learn a new life skill, meet new people, what could be better than that?” While eating ! “.
Coronation Street and Neighbors star Thomas, 38, said of his presence in MasterChef’s kitchen: ‘It’s very intimidating and scary when you first walk in, nothing can prepare you for that. Enter the kitchen, figure out where everything is, then cook the food.
British actor and disability rights activist Pearson, 37, who has neurofibromatosis, said: ‘I wanted to do Celebrity MasterChef to learn a new skill. I come with no cooking expertise.
“As someone who has made a career out of going out and telling other people with disabilities to live their lives, seize the day, carpe diem, at the risk of avoiding hypocrisy, I thought I should do this. Plus, ladies love a cook.
Celebrity MasterChef airs on BBC One on August 30 at 9 p.m. Semi-finals week airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on September 6, 8 and 9.