Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tensions expected to boil over on Celebrity MasterChef

Celebrity Masterchef Ireland, 2016. Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com
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Celebrity Masterchef Ireland, 2016. Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com Group shot

Sean O'Grady and Melanie Finn

The knives will be out on Celebrity MasterChef tonight when the show kicks off for the first-time on its new home channel of TV3.

Ten Irish celebrities will be battling it out to prove they can cut it in the kitchen of the highly-pressurised show, which runs for eight weeks.

Among them will be Herald columnist Holly Carpenter, Samantha Mumba, Simon Delaney, Sonia O'Sullivan, Mundy and Nadia Forde.

Singer Samantha said that while she has been offered many celebrity shows, including 'I'm a Celebrity...', she jumped at the chance to do MasterChef as she enjoys cooking so much.

Kitchen confidential: Nadia Forde, Samantha Mumba and Holly Carpenter. Photo: Kip Carroll
Kitchen confidential: Nadia Forde, Samantha Mumba and Holly Carpenter. Photo: Kip Carroll

"I really love it, but it would just be at home," she said. "It has changed the way I cook now, forever pretty much.

"I've been asked to do so many shows and reality things, but I've turned a lot of stuff down unless I have a genuine interest in or if it makes any sense for me.

"Reality TV isn't something I hugely focus on."

MasterChef was Samantha's first project since having her daughter Sage almost two years ago, and she said that keeping the details of the show under wraps was "so hard" as they filmed it last August.

"It was absolutely brilliant. I really enjoyed it. It was a lot harder than I thought," she said. "When your time to cook is up, it really is up. You're not allowed to touch any-thing. That was the hardest thing."

Holly spent time working with a chef at a restaurant in Clontarf to try to help her prepare for the show, but it was still challenging.

"It was a real eye- opener and I learnt a lot, but I don't think anything could have prepared me for how tough MasterChef was going to be," she said.

The new show has seen Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath replaced by British Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford and Dublin chef Robin Gill.

The show is on TV3 tonight at 10pm.

Herald

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