Celebrity MasterChef will come to a dramatic conclusion on Friday night as finalists Joe Swash, Kadeena Cox MBE and Megan McKenna will be desperately trying to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

The cooking show has been running since 2006, where the first ever winner was Matt Dawson.

Since then, a host of famous famous have worn the crown including Phil Vickery, Nadia Sawalha, Angellica Bell and John Partridge - who credited the show with helping him kick a drug habit.

But where are the former Celebrity MasterChef winners now?

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Riyadh Khalaf: 2020

Riyadh Khalaf is the current reigning champion of Celebrity MasterChef (



Irish broadcaster, author, activist, and YouTube personality Riyadh Khalaf won the crown in the last instalment of the BBC cooking competition.

He impressed the judges with a touching menu dedicated to his dad, beating athletes Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sam Quek.

Riyadh admitted that he was shocked to win the show and that it was his "biggest achievement".

"I am absolutely in shock," he said. "I can’t believe it, it’s an incredible feeling.

"This show I have been watching since I was in school and to have gone from being a fan of the show to winning the thing - this is without a doubt the biggest achievement of my life."

Riyadh found fame where he appeared on Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum in 2010, then going on to star on Celebrity Mastermind and Queer Britain and writing a book called Yay! You're Gay! Now What?

More recently, Riyadh appeared on The One Show as a guest presenter.

Greg Rutherford: 2019

Greg Rutherford won Celebrity MasterChef 2019 (



Greg Rutherford added another gong to his medal ­collection when he was crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2019 king.

The Olympic gold winner beat reality star Vicky Pattison and former footballer Neil Ruddock in the final with an “ambitious” ­three-course meal that impressed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

"This is a massive achievement," he said.

"I used everything I learnt as a ­sportsperson to dedicate my time and energy into creating the best food I possibly could. I’m over the moon."

Since his win, the retired long-jumper announced he would be joining Great Britain's bobsleigh team in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

John Partridge: 2018

John Partridge said Celebrity MasterChef changed his life (



John Partridge amazed the judges in 2018 as he prepared delicious scallops, hotpot and custard tart.

The former EastEnders star impressed the judges by delving into his Lancashire roots for inspiration across the gruelling six weeks of challenges.

The emotional actor and musicals star said it had been one of the best experiences of his life.

"I thought it was going to be all about cooking and about food and it ended up being so much more than that. I cooked to remember.

"To remind myself of who I am, where I’m from and what I can still be. And now to have actually won - it just feels really really good."

He would also later say his appearance on MasterChef helped him kick a cocaine habit.

"Every day for the next three weeks I’d go to the supermarket instead of going to NA (Narcotics Anonymous)," he told The Mirror.

"When it came to that time in the evening – the witching hour – when my husband, Jon, would go to work and I’d be here alone I’d start to get twitchy fingers. So, I’d buy random ingredients and cook. That was how it started."

MasterChef also took him on a journey through his past, which he has written about in his new cookery book, There’s No Taste Like Home.

Following his stint on the show, John also appeared on Greatest Talent Show Moments, broadcast by Channel 5 to discuss the judging on Over The Rainbow.

He also announced on Twitter that he would be joining the cast of The Case of the Frightened Lady.

He starred as King Rat in the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal, in Plymouth, and from August 2019 to April 2020 Partridge appeared in the UK Tour of Cabaret.

MasterChef also took him on a journey through his past, which he has written about in his new cookery book, There’s No Taste Like Home.

Angellica Bell: 2017

Angellica Bell won the 2017 series (



Angellica Bell was crowned champion of BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef in 2017.

Judge Gregg Wallace described the One Show presenter as "one of the best Celebrity MasterChef contestants I have ever seen".

As she celebrated beating 19 celebrities, including finalists Ulrika Johnson and Dev Griffin, Angellica said: "I’m overwhelmed to become this year’s Celebrity MasterChef Champion - it has been one of the most stressful yet rewarding experiences I’ve ever been through!

"I didn’t realise just how passionate I was about food and how much I thrived on learning more.

"When John and Gregg announced my name, I was beyond thrilled and I want to thank them and the show for allowing me to have this experience."

Sine winning the show, Angellica was a panellist on BBC celebrity quiz show Richard Osman's House of Games, and has narrated an audiobook called A Robot Called B4.

Alexis Conran: 2016

Alexis Conran won the Celebrity Masterchef title in 2016 (



Alexis Conran won MasterChef in 2016, beating Jimmy Osmond and BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin in the final.

"I can’t believe it, I am so very happy and relieved. My family are going to be so proud," he said.

"The key for the final for me was cooking from the heart as that is what cooking is all about."

Alexis was best known for hosting the BBC Three show The Real Hustle from 2006 to 2012.

Until 2020, he hosted consumer affairs show Radio Hustles on Talkradio, and now hosts the weekend afternoon show on Times Radio.

Kimberly Wyatt: 2015

Kimberly Wyatt joined the Pussycat Dolls when they reformed in 2019 (



Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt beat Rylan Clark and Sam Nixon in the 2015 series.

She impressed the judges with a starter of seafood soup, a loin of lamb and her own Sinatra cheesecake.

The singer said: "This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. The whole reason for being in MasterChef was because I am a new mum, and to create something for my little Willow to look up to, and I think that's what this represents.

"I'm absolutely elated, this has been one hell of an experience, and I have definitely learnt so much. It's been an incredible challenge."

In 2019, Kimberly joined the rest of the Pussycat Dolls when they reformed and released their single, React, which they performed on The X Factor.

The band are set to embark on their first tour in over a decade in September 2022.

Kimberly is also set to make her theatre debut in the new political thriller Dead Lies, joining Jaqueline Leonard, John Lyons, Harriet Thorpe, Clive Mantle, Patrick Pearson and Ashford Campbell in the fast-paced drama from October.

Sophie Thompson: 2014

Sophie Thompson after she was named the winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2014 (



Sophie Thompson was been crowned the winner of Celebrity Masterchef in 2014.

The former EastEnders actress beat adventurer Charley Boorman and supermodel Jodie Kidd to take home the prize.

"I can’t Adam and Eve it!" she exclaimed. Thank you so much, this has been the best fun! It’s ridiculous winning something like this!

"The trouble is if you put it in your kitchen.. you could be hoisted by your own petard, if you serve up something a bit naff!”

Her most recent television credits include Detectorists, Professor Branestawm, A Gert Lush Christmas, Jericho and Coronation Street from 2018, where she plays Rosemary Piper.

She also appeared in a production of Oscar Wilde's classic The Importance of Being Earnest.

Ade Edmondson: 2013

EastEnders star Ade Edmondson is married to Jennifer Saunders (



Ade Edmondson beat Les Dennis and Janet Street-Porter to the title after cooking a faultless three-course meal for the judges.

The comedian had married fellow star Jennifer Saunders in 1985 and the couple now share three children.

Ade starred in EastEnders as Daniel Cook from from 2019 to 2020, and in 2018 he played Sergeant Dogberry in Ben Elton's Upstart Crow, and toured with Nigel Planer in a play they wrote together called Vulcan 7.

Emma Kennedy: 2012

Emma Kennedy won Celebrity MasterChef in 2012 (



Emma Kennedy beat fellow finalists TV host Michael Underwood and former footballer Danny Mills in 2012.

"This is the first trophy I've ever won and what a trophy to win; there's been blood, sweat and burns that have gone into this. It ranks up there in one of the all time life achievements - wow, wow, wow," she gushed.

"My mother is going to scream for about three months without stopping - we're probably going to have to sedate her."

In 2020 Emma was a member of the Walruses in BBC Two quiz show Only Connect alongside musical satirist Mitch Benn and Mastermind finalist Dan Adler.

Her team reached the quarter-final round, but were eliminated in the 17th episode of the series which was broadcast on January 11, 2021.

She has written for comedy duo Mel and Sue and starred in shows including Goodness Gracious Me, Jonathon Creek and People Like Us.

Emma married her girlfriend Georgia Gibbon in 2015, and became a member of Chobham Parish Council in 2021.

Phil Vickery: 2011

Phil Vickery has his own cooking segment on This Morning (



Phil Vickery won Celebrity MasterChef in 2011, which is no surprise given his cooking prowess.

The former ruby star regularly appears on This Morning as a chef, cooking for hosts Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield, and he has written several cookbooks.

In 2020, he confirmed on social media that he was splitting from Fern Britton, his wife of 20 years.

He wrote: "After more than 20 years together Fern and I have decided to go our separate ways.

"We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children. We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time. Thank you for you kindness and support P".

Lisa Faulkner: 2010

Lisa Faulkner was judged by her husband John Torode on the show

Lisa Faulkner won Celebrity MasterChef in 2010, when she was judged by her partner, John Torode, who she married in 2019.

After that, Lisa Faulkner starred in further cooking shows including What's Cooking and Real Food Family Cook Off.

She played Fi Browning in EastEnders in 2017 and also had roles in Murdoch Mysteries and Death in Paradise.

She hosts John And Lisa's Weekend Kitchen with her hubbie on ITV, and also appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox in 2018.

Jayne Middlemiss: 2009

Jayne Middlemiss has become a yoga lover (


Jayne Middlemiss Twitter)

As well as winning Celebrity Masterchef in 2009, Jayne Middlemiss also won her series of Celebrity Love Island.

She now presents the weekend breakfast show on Panda Radio.

In 2019, Jayne joined Absolute Radio and covered for Sarah Champion for two weeks on Absolute 80s, and in July 2021, she covered weekend breakfast on Virgin Radio, in the absence of Amy Voce.

She also starred on Pointless Celebrities, winning the episode alongside Jamie Theakston.

Jayne has also got super into yoga, and her Twitter profile reads: "Yogini truth seeker... TV and radio presenter, Masterchef, speaker and teacher.... More will be revealed..."

She revealed she had gone on a silent retreat in India, penning: "Happily in India. About to go into retreat on Friday. Silence for 12 days. Bliss."

Liz McClarnon: 2008

Atomic Kitten's Liz McClarnon won the show in 2008 (


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Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon won Celeb MasterChef in 2008, and embarked on a solo music career the following year.

Her debut TV show, Hotter Than My Daughter, aired in February 2010 for six weeks, on BBC Three.

In late 2010 and early 2011, she played Beth in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

Following this, in 2011, she was cast as Paulette in the first UK tour of Legally Blonde The Musical.

She starred in the Cinderella pantomime in the Liverpool Empire in 2012, playing the lead role, and the same year she and her former banmates Natasha Hamilton and Kerry Katona reformed for The Big Reunion.

In 2018, she performed at the C2C: Country to Country festival at the O2 Arena.

Nadia Sawalha: 2007

Nadia is a panelist on Loose Women on ITV (


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Nadia Sawalha, who won Celebrity Masterchef, is now a panelist on Loose Women on ITV having returned in 2013, after hosting it from 1999-2002.

As well as releasing fitness DVDs, Nadia has hosted shows including Lorraine, Wanted Down Under, Saturday Cookbook, Nadia's Family Feasts, and Kitchen SOS.

She starred on Dancing on Ice in 2011, but was voted out in the first week.

She starred on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, lasting 24 days in the house.

She now also Sawalha now hosts several podcasts with her husband, Mark Adderley. In How to Stay Married (So Far" Nadia and Mark talk about the ups and downs of married life.

In Confessions of a Modern Parent, they discuss the modern issues that face teenagers, with an insight from Nadia's daughter Maddie.

Nadia has also revealed several cookbooks including one with her Loose Women co star Kaye Adams.

Matt Dawson: 2006

Rugby star Matt Dawson was the first ever Celebrity MasterChef winner in 2006 (


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Matt Dawson was the first ever winner of Celebrity MasterChef back in 2006.

The retired rugby player would go on to star on Strictly Come Dancing that same year, coming in second place.

He joined Radio Five Live in 2007 as as summariser for the commentary on England's forthcoming Six Nations Championship games, and went on to cover the 2007 Rugby World Cup for the BBC.

The cooking star also presents 5-Live's weekly Rugby show, and was recently on an edition of www.888.com TV poker special where he finished second.

Matt has also hosted cooking shows Mitch and Matt's Big Fish, and Monster Munchies,

In 2016, Matt revealed how his family went through "two weeks of hell" as his two-year-old son battled meningitis W135.

He confirmed his separation from wife Carolin Hauskeller, the mother of his two sons, in 2020.

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