David Harper on Celebrity Masterchef 2016 soon on BBC1.

We are delighted to confirm our client David Harper is in this years Celebrity Masterchef.

PRESS RELEASE: 17.05.2016


This summer is set to get even hotter as the worlds of music, sport and show business head to BBC One to commence culinary battle on Celebrity MasterChef.

John Torode and Gregg Wallace will once again be putting the contestants and their taste-buds through their paces, seeing who can hack the heat and who will be heading home early.

The 20 celebrities hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion Kimberly Wyatt are: US entertainment legend Jimmy Osmond; singer/songwriters Simon Webbe and Amelle Berrabah; priest and former popstar Richard Coles; actor Sid Owen; actresses Tina Malone and Laila Morse; actress and style editor Donna Air; singer and actress Sinitta; actor and presenter Alexis Conran; TV presenter and author Cherry Healey; TV presenter and journalist Louise Minchin; TV personality Amy Childs; former England rugby player and world cup winner Neil Back; Olympic gold medal winning boxer Audley Harrison; Paralympian  Liz Johnson; comedian of famous double act Cannon & Ball Tommy Cannon; YouTube vlogger Marcus Butler; antiques expert David Harper and dancer and choreographer Gleb Savchenko.

Executive Producer for the BBC, Carla-Maria Lawson said: “This year’s celebrities come from an incredibly mixed range of backgrounds and the diversity of their life experiences is reflected in their food. This is one of the most passionate groups of celebrity cooks we’ve ever had on MasterChef”.

This series will see 12 programmes air over six weeks. The first four heat weeks concentrate on whittling down the celebrities; testing their abilities until only the best go through to the fifth and semi-final week.

The first, 60-minute episode of each heat week sees five new celebrities facethe infamous Mystery Box Test before being thrown straight in at the deep end – heading to a professional restaurant kitchen and preparing dishes for paying customers. The hopeful stars need to keep their wits about them as they cook under the watch of acclaimed chefs with high standards and tightly run kitchens. The five celebrities then head back to the MasterChef kitchen to prepare a two-course menu of their own design for John and Gregg, after which it’s the end of the competition for one of them.

The four remaining celebrity contenders return the following night for an exciting 90-minute episode facing three more culinary challenges. First, with a test all about teamwork, it’s the return of the entertaining Relay Invention Test. Split into two teams, each group must invent two dishes – a main and a pudding – but in relay! Next it’s the mammoth Mass Catering Challenge where the celebrities are let loose on hordes of hungry people at a range of pressured and busy venues, ranging from the Arsenal Football Stadium, Battersea Power Station Redevelopment, Virgin Atlantic Training Centre and National Sports Centre and Olympic Athlete training facility, Bisham Abbey. Finally, battle for a coveted place in the semi-final reaches its climax as the four return to MasterChef headquarters to cook a faultless two course meal for guest judges – past Celebrity MasterChef champions and finalists, including amongst others, 2010 winner Lisa Faulkner, 2014 winner Sophie Thompson and semi-finalist Christopher Biggins, 2015 finalists Rylan Clark-Neal and Sam Nixon, as well as reigning champion Kimberly Wyatt.

The successful contestants from the heats will then go through to semi-final week where they must endure even more nerve-racking and enthralling challenges including cooking a lavish five course dinner for the Chelsea Pensioners to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The sixth and final week sees the remaining, and now impressive cooks, draw on all the skills they have learnt during their MasterChef journey when they face not only John Torode’s unnerving Palate Test, but also some notorious restaurant critics in the terrifying Critic’s Test.

This year’s 90-minute final is a double-whammy as the three best celebrity cooks first have to face the daunting Chef’s Tables; led by Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar, and cooking for some of the country’s most respected chefs. After this they must return to MC HQ for one last time and cook their best three-course meal for John and Gregg, before the judges decide who the true cooking star is and worthy of becoming Celebrity MasterChef 2016.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of previous winners Kimberly Wyatt, Sophie Thompson, Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner, Jayne Middlemiss, Liz McClarnon, Nadia Sawalha and Matt Dawson.

Executive Producer for Shine, David Ambler, said: “This year we’ve got a fantastic line-up of willing celebrities ready to commence culinary battle. John and Gregg really push the celeb’s to reach for the culinary heights and there’s no shortage of entertainment and drama. Despite the blood, sweat and tears we see some of the best food we have seen in our eleven years of doing the show.”