Who left Celebrity MasterChef last night?
10th September 2021

CELEBRITY MasterChef sees twenty famous faces swap their glam jobs for life in the kitchen as they hope to impress the judges with their culinary skills.

But the famous faces have been whittled down to just five remaining contestants who are battling it out for that coveted crown. Here, we look back at the celebs who've already been axed from the show…

Who left Celebrity MasterChef 2021 last time?

Melanie Sykes

TV presenter Melanie Sykes narrowly missed out on a place in the Celebrity MasterChef 2021 after being booted out on Friday, September 10.

The 51-year-old made a mess of her risotto, leaving the judges with no choice but to send her packing.

Melanie had enjoyed a blistering start to her MasterChef journey, even being named Star Chef just four days in.

But she could not beat Kem Cetinay, Joe Swash, Kadeena Cox, Dion Dublin and Megan McKenna in the kitchen.


Happy Mondays star Bez was given his marching orders on Thursday, September 9.

Despite being a fan favourite, the musician – real name Mark Berry – was kicked out in the semi finals after judges were not happy with his flatbreads.

Just a day earlier, Bez was making fans squeamish over his meat chopping skills as he hacked at a duck.

And he was thrilled to be making a sandwich saying: “I’m a northerner. We love our butties, so if you can’t make a good butty you’re living in the wrong town.”

Su Pollard

Bafta-winning actress Su Pollard was sent packing from Celebrity MasterChef on Wednesday, September 8, after failing to impress the judges.

Gregg Wallace and John Torode didn't think much of Su's sandwich and remarked that the addition of broccoli had really let the star down.

The 71-year-old star wasn't able to redeem herself and was given the boot at the end of the episode – becoming the first semi-finalist to be axed from the show.

Gavin Esler

Former Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler was kicked off the show on Friday, September 3, missing out on a semi-final berth.

The 68-year-old journalist had a disastrous time in the kitchen as he looked to best Kem Cetinay and Kadeena Cox.

Facing the pressure of serving not only Gregg and John, three previous contestants returned as guest judges including Rylan Clark-Neal, Lisa Faulkner and Greg Rutherford.

And he seemed to have gone down the pan with it, as his main dish of scallops were not cooked enough according to the trio, while the head judges had issues with their accompaniment of sweet potato mash.

And it didn't get better with the dessert, with John noting that the pear sorbet and plum compote with kefir yogurt and grated ginger dark chocolate "wasn't quite complete."

He added: "Every single component tasted great, but when you put it all together in a bowl, it became more of a soup."

And so Gavin was given the boot.

Johannes Radebe

The judges sent Strictly Come Dancing dancer Johannes Radebe packing on September 1, 2021, after slamming his burrito dish.

The South African was told that his dish was not up to standard for MasterChef.

Gregg said: "I would like more adventure from you. I would like more ambition from you, but it tastes good.

"I'm not displeased with this at all, I would eat it, but the thing is it's MasterChef.

"It's a burrito and some avocado dip, that might be an issue."

Johannes had been trying to get past Kem, Kadeena and Gavin for a place in the next round – but that was a wrap for the dancer.

Michelle Collins

EastEnders star Michelle Collins didn't take too well to the challenges of the MasterChef kitchen.

Almost immediately, Michelle remarked that she should have gone on Dancing On Ice and, when asked how she was feeling, simply replied "horrendous!"

She struggled throughout the episode and – after having to "glue" together her disastrous flatbread with hummus – ended up getting the boot.

Katie Price

Katie Price, 43, was booted off Celebrity MasterChef after having a disaster in the kitchen and serving up semi-cooked food.

The TV star planned to wow the panel with a classic rib-eye steak, chips, portabella mushrooms and a béarnaise sauce combo.

As she dished up, Katie panicked as she ran behind and then said: "Oh my god that looks too rare."

Upon entering the panel's room, Katie joked: "I am so sorry, this is the most disastrous one I've done, so I do apologise."

Speaking about her time on the show, the mum-of-five said: "There's no excuses, you win some, you lose some.

"I am so proud of everything I achieved, I did try today but I just couldn't pull it out the bag.

"But it is what it is…I've had a fantastic time."

Melissa Johns

Coronation Street actress Melissa Johns missed out on the quarter-finals after being eliminated on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

The Celebrity MasterChef contestant impressed guest judge Sabrina Gidda with her chocolate mousse served with cardamom custard gelato topped with a cardamom and pistachio streusel. 

Sabrina told the actress: "It's about as good as it would be coming out of my kitchen."

John Torode told her: "You've executed that perfectly."

Gregg Wallace added: "That is absolutely delicious."

But it was rice that eventually led to her downfall.

Melissa's dish of chicken curry with basmati rice and a pashwari naan got criticism from the judges.

Torode pierced her rice with his fork and held the clump in the air and slammed her curry as dry.

After her elimination Melissa said: "I have had the best time and it was my time to go."

Will Kirk

The Repair Shop's Will Kirk made a swift exit from MasterChef after serving undercooked meat.

He started out by presenting the judges with a bloody chicken, before making the same mistake with his duck

His inedible dishes meant he was first to be shown the door in his heat on Monday, August 23.

Penny Lancaster

On Friday, August 20, ex-supermodel Penny Lancaster was eliminated from the competition.

The former Loose Women panellist, 50, came unstuck in the kitchen after going well over time to finish her butternut squash ravioli.

Judge Gregg told her: "Mate, we can't be 10 minutes late," and said the delay was "serious".

Before being given her marching orders, she said she would be "quite deflated" if she had to leave the show as she was "loving this".

Penny said after leaving the contest: "It would’ve been incredible to get through to the semi-finals but it wasn’t meant to be."

She added: "Absolutely no regrets whatsoever.

"I’ve always loved to eat food, never loved to cook – and now I love both."

Nabil Abdulrashid

On Tuesday, August 17, 2021 comedian Nabil Abdulrashid became the latest contestant to leave the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen.

The Britain's Got Talent star was given the boot ahead of Penny, Megan McKenna and Melanie Sykes.

Fish specialist Mitch Tonks challenged each of the celebrities to cook one of his favourite seafood recipes.

And for their final challenge, judges John and Gregg asked the cooks to serve up a dish inspired by a holiday.

Patrick Grant

Nabil followed Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant out of the MasterChef kitchen after his chocolate cake failed to impress the judges on Monday', August 16.

The 49-year-old had to accept failure in the pancake challenge, after trying – and failing – to cook the dish several times.

He wasn't the only one to stumble, however – in fact, none of the celebs managed to recreate the Vietnamese classic.

In the final round, Patrick attempted a deconstructed feta cheesecake, but failed to do enough to secure his place in the competition.

Gregg was especially unimpressed with the dessert, and compared the dish to a "creamy, fruity puddle".

But Patrick was able to look on the bright side of being eliminated, calling his time on the show a "big learning experience".

Duncan James

Blue singer Duncan James bowed out at the quarter-final stage.

But it wasn't just his cooking that had fans talking as many were shocked by his new look.

Rita Simons

On Tuesday, August 10, Rita Simons was the second celeb to exit the show.

The EastEnders star's hard cauliflower and "mass" of rice failed to impress the judges in a tight heat.

Munya Chawawa

Munya had the ignominy of being the first celebrity to leave MasterChef.

The comic's undercooked lamb had the judges gagging – which didn't bode well for his future in the competition.

How do I watch Celebrity MasterChef 2021?

The latest series began on August 9, 2021.

Celebrity MasterChef is broadcast over six weeks, with special guest judges – including past winners – set to appear each week, ready to give their own notes on the celebs' cooking skills.

The final airs on Friday, September 17, at 9pm, when the winner will be crowned.

If you miss any episodes you can catch up by streaming them on BBC iPlayer.

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