We’re down to eight celebrities and the semi-finals of Celebrity MasterChef – and it’s getting hot in the kitchen with two eliminated tonight.
The unfortunate contestants were Brian Bovell and Henri Leconte, who couldn’t quite take the heat anymore.
Tonight’s show saw the eight remaining celebs heading to Poole to cook and serve lunch for 120 Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers.
They were split into two groups: the Reds were radio presenter Dev Griffin, Rev Kate Bottley of Gogglebox fame, Olympic gold medal winner Rebecca Adlington and actor Brian; and the Blues were former tennis professional Henri, TV presenters Ulrika Jonsson and Angellica Bell and opera singer Lesley Garrett.
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The teams got off to a mixed start with the Reds hitting the ground running as Becky took charge; the Blues dithered a bit – taking an age to decide what they would cook and who should lead the team, with Lesley eventually naming herself as Head Chef.
Reds leader Becky managed to keep her team on track and was ably helped by “We’re not bossy – we’re natural leaders” Kate:
The Blues were still slow and left preparing the fish course too late, as well as leaving pudding to the last minute.
Gregg Wallace spoke for all 120 RNLI volunteers to be fed when he said: “If I’ve come all this way, I WANT A PUDDING!”
Unsurprisingly, the Red team were the first to have food on the table, but had to wait for the Blues before they could serve up.
And Lesley even forgot her stuffing and had to serve it up after most of her patrons had polished off their lunches.
A knackering day for all:
So it was back to London for the second part – billed as an invention test, with the celebrities asked to create a pudding from a table of ingredients they were presented with.
There were mixed results.
Becky Adlington was told she’d done a “good job”, but Brian’s lime cheesecakes weren’t the best presented and had lost their structure – with the metal disc left underneath the base – but Gregg and John liked the flavours.
Dev also went for a passionfruit and white chocolate cheesecake, but was told there were too many flavours going on – he got praise for “trying” though which is always good.
Angellica’s rose apple tart was “beautiful and so clever” after she presented it in the shape of the flower.
Henri baked two apple tarts “because [he’s] generous” but was let down by his presentation and lack of flavour in places.
Ulrika used figs in clafoutis and was told it was “fantastic”.
Leslie made a peach and almond frangipane tart with “prefect” pastry, but her frangipane was still raw containing uncooked eggs.
Kate presented a kirsch, cherry and almond upside-down cake and John Torode told her “the whole thing rocks and rolls”.
Gregg and John then retired to send six celebrities through to the next round – and to choose the two who had to go home this week.
Brian and Henri were gone.
But Brian said: “I’m very happy. Semi-finalist – you can’t take that from me baby.”
He was joined in his feelings by Henri, who said it was “the right moment” to leave as “the others all deserve to be there”.
The final six will return to the kitchen on Friday night with the last of the Semi-Finals and a battle for a place in the Finals week.
Celebrity MasterChef returns to BBC One at 8.30pm on Friday.
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