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Knives out! Meet the stars competing on Celebrity MasterChef 2021

These famous faces will battle it out in the ultimate kitchen showdown.
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With an endless supply of plot twists and scandals, most reality TV shows are known for their intense drama more than anything. And then there’s MasterChef Australia: the most wholesome, feel-good show on TV.

WATCH: First look at Celebrity MasterChef Australia

Following on from a heartwarming season that saw Justin Narayan crowned winner, the show returns later this month for another star-studded celebrity version.

Judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo will return as hosts, introducing viewers to a new batch of celebs as the spin-off show airs for the first time since 2009.

From Back To The Rafters star Rebecca Gibney, to Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Matilda, this year’s stellar line-up promises to bring the laughs, banter and, most importantly, mouthwatering MasterChef dishes.

Scroll through to meet the cast of Celebrity MasterChef.

Rebecca Gibney
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Rebecca Gibney

A TV WEEK Gold Logie Award-winner and famous actress, Rebecca is known for her roles in shows like Back To The Rafters, Halifax: Retribution and Wanted.

“None of us knew what we were getting ourselves in to and I am so so grateful to each and every one of them for the hugs, the laughs, the tears and the joy,” Rebecca wrote on Instagram of the show.

“I can’t wait to relive what was truly one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life (for a whole bunch of reasons!)”

Dami Im
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Dami Im

After rising to fame on The X Factor Australia in 2013, Dami has represented the country at Eurovision and released four studio albums. Now, it’s time for her to try her hand in the MasterChef kitchen.

This is not about my music.. its about my cooking,” she said of the casting announcement. “Bit different, bit weird and scary but so much fun.”

Matthew Le Nevez
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Matthew Le Nevez

He may have starred in everything from The Cry to Love Child, but he’ll always be Dr. Patrick Reid from Offspring in our hearts. 

“I want to inspire my children to be better cooks and have more of a brave and courageous view of food,” the actor tells TV WEEK of why he signed on. “I grew up with a pretty narrow palate. I didn’t want my kids to have that.”
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Dilruk Jayasinha

After winning the 2018 TV WEEK Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent, Dilruk has continued to make Australia laugh, with comedic roles in Utopia, Have You Been Paying Attention and more.

Here’s hoping last year’s self taught ‘Dil’s Rookie Cooking’ in isolation comes in handy,” he wrote on Instagram about the show. “Unbelievably chuffed to be invited.”

Tilly Ramsay
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Matilda ‘Tilly’ Ramsay

She’s got pretty big shoes to fill, but something tells us Tilly will be able to live up to the famous Ramsay name.

Her co-star Rebecca even called her an “angel” and wrote on Instagram: “If I had a daughter I’d want her to be just like Tilly. All class, all heart and an utter ray of sunshine.”

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Chrissie Swan

From her beginnings on Big Brother Australia to her beloved gig as a presenter on Nova, Chrissie has been a fixture on our screens and radio channels for almost two decades.

Admitting it’s a “pinch-me” moment to be joining MasterChef, Chrissie is sure to bring the laughter to the new season. 

Ian Thorpe
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Ian Thorpe

The former Olympian is ready to get to work on his culinary skills. Sharing a sneak peek with his followers on Instagram, Ian couldn’t speak highly enough of his experience.

“Great time, great crew and fabulous competitors. I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time,” he said. “I hope you all enjoy MasterChef as much as I enjoyed being involved.”

Archie Thompson:
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Archie Thompson

From Melbourne Victory to the Socceroos, Archie has enjoyed a lengthy career as a professional footballer. Can he score in the kitchen? Apologies for the pun, but it was necessary.

While we’re yet to see if he’s got the skills to win Celebrity MasterChef, one thing is clear: “Shit just got very very very REAL.” As Archie put it on his Insta.

Collette Dinnigan
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Collette Dinnigan

An iconic Australian fashion designer, Collette is bringing her stylish flair to the kitchen in 2021. 

“High anxiety, high stress yet we had SO much fun,” she wrote of the experience. “Loved this adventure and I hope you all do to.”

Nick Riewoldt
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Nick Riewoldt

He’s a household name thanks to his years in the AFL, but the former St Kilda player also holds a new title now: BFF to Rebecca Gibney. The stars clearly hit it off in the kitchen, exchanging friendly comments on Instagram at any given chance since filming wrapped.

The star summed up his experience recently, writing: “Fun, stress, nerves, swearing, laughing, burns, cuts, throwing things, lifelong friends etc etc. I had the full MasterChef experience.”

Celebrity MasterChef premieres October 10, 7:30pm, on 10.

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