The standard on this year’s Celebrity MasterChef has been hailed as the best the series has ever seen.
There’s no doubt that the four finalists are passionate about food, but unlike the original MasterChef, it would be unusual for them to leave the world of showbiz to open a small gastro-pub in the Shires.
As fashion model Jodie Kidd, TV presenter Charlie Boorman, actress Sophie Thompson and dancer Wayne Sleep prepare to battle it out for the title of MasterChef 2014 champion, how likely is it that they will keep up the cooking once the series finishes?
Judging by what past winners have gone on to do, the chances of the celebrities going on to have some sort of career in food looks fairly likely. Although this could also involve creating a bespoke dish for Pizza Hut, if 2008 winner Liz McClarnon is anything to go by.
Are Celebrity MasterChef winners still cooking?
Are Celebrity MasterChef winners still cooking?
1/8 Lisa Faulkner, 2010
2010, Lisa Faulkner
Holby City and Spooks actress Lisa Faulkner is arguably the most successful Celebrity MasterChef winner.
At the time, Greg Wallace called Lisa ‘possibly the best celebrity MasterChef winner we have ever had’.
Her cook book ‘Recipes from My Mother to My Daughter’ became a number one bestseller, selling over 70,000 copies in the UK. Her second cook book ‘The Way I Cook…’ will be published in September.
She is currently dating John Torode.
Winning menu: Goat’s cheese and red onion tartlet, pan-fried monkfish with butternut squash fondant and almond panna cotta with poached tamarillos.
2/8 Liz McClarnon, 2008
Liz McClarnon, 2008
Former Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon won Celebrity MasterChef in 2008 despite never having cooked before taking part in the show.
Since winning she regularly appears on the Good Food Channel’s ‘Market Kitchen’ and has a summer cooking slot on ‘This Morning’. She has also expressed an interest in opening her own restaurants in London and Liverpool.
In addition, McClarnon can claim to be the only celebrity in the UK to have created her own pasta dish for Pizza Hut.
Winning menu: Prosciutto-wrapped scallops, de-constructed beef wellington with oxtail, sticky toffee crème brulee.
3/8 Matt Dawson, 2006
Matt Dawson, 2006
Former England rugby international and seafood lover Matt Dawson has written his own cook book ‘Fresh. Simple. Tasty’ since appearing on the show.
Alongside his regular appearances on A Question of Sport he has also fronted TV shows 'Matt and Allegra’s Big Farm' and 'Tesco’s Real Food Family Cook Off.'
Winning menu: Salmon carpaccio with scallion pancakes, sea bass with a spicy tamarind broth and almond and pear tart.
4/8 Nadia Sawalha, 2007
5/8 Jayne Middlemiss, 2009
Jayne Middlemiss, 2009
Since winning celebrity MasterChef in 2009, former Top of the Pops presenter Jayne Middlemiss has taken a step back from the limelight and has had little professional involvement with food.
She continues to practise yoga on a regular basis and make guest TV appearances.
Winning menu: Seared scallops on apple puree, pan-fried veal with truffle potatoes, lavender pana cotta and crystallised violets.
6/8 Phil Vickery, 2011
Phil Vickery, 2011
Former England rugby star Phil Vickery has become involved with food on a commercial level since his win in 2011.
Most recently he has signed up with McDonald’s to choose ‘Quality Scouts’ to go behind the scenes of the fast food chain to see where some of its most famous products- including Big Macs and Sausage McMuffins- are sourced from.
The farmer’s son has also backed a campaign to support Britain’s pig farmers and worked with a local Gloucestershire business to produce gourmet pies for supermarket sale.
He is currently looking to open his own restaurant in Gloucestershire.
Winning menu: Scallops with black pudding, lamb with baby carrots and fondant potatoes, orange and chocolate bread and butter pudding.
7/8 Emma Kennedy, 2012
2012, Emma Kennedy
After her win last year Emma Kennedy has several projects in the pipeline, but no planned cookery book or show…yet.
Winning dish: Pea, mint and ricotta ravioli with pancetta butter, pan-fried turbot with samphire, poached meringue in crème anglaise with almond praline.
8/8 Ade Edmondson, 2013
Celebrity MasterChef winner Ade Edmondson
While none of the celebrity contestants were in dead-end jobs waiting for a win to catapult them into a coveted career, five of the eight past winners have gone on to promote their love of cooking on some level.
Of the eight winners, 2010 champion Lisa Faulkner has had the most success in her new-found cooking career, penning a number one bestselling cook book Recipes from My Mother to My Daughter.
She is also the only winner to have managed to woo steely judge John Torode, as the two have been dating since she appeared on the show.
Liz McClarnon, who won in 2008, certainly learned more from the show than the average celebrity.
The Atomic Kitten had never cooked before taking part in Celebrity MasterChef, due to spending her life in hotels since the age of 16 travelling with the girl band.
Since her win she has made a number of TV appearances on cooking programmes, and is now a qualified chef.
Other celebrities, like 2011 winner Phil Vickery (that’s the former rugby international, not the already famous TV chef), have gone on to promote wider food awareness by backing campaigns and working alongside manufacturers.
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