Celebrity MasterChef Huge Hit With Fans: “Exactly What We Need”

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The highly anticipated new season of Celebrity chef debuted on Sunday night and it looks like Australian viewers loved immersing themselves in the star-studded spinoff series.

Hosted by Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo, Celebrity chef sees a cast of famous faces go head-to-head in a culinary showdown to raise money for charity.

Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo are back to judge the culinary efforts of Aussie stars on Celebrity chef. Photo: Canal 10.

An “absolutely wonderful” celebrity spin-off

And according to the reactions on social media, fans loved immersing themselves in the scorching portion of goodness of “positive and healthy” celebrities.

“Being able to watch something so positive and light is exactly what is needed at this point in the Melbourne lockdown,” one viewer wrote on Twitter.

“I already adore the #MasterChefAU celebrity,” added another.

“So this season of Celebrity #MasterChefAU is absolutely wonderful. The best healthy vibes. Exactly what we need right now! I can’t wait for the next episode!” declared a third party.

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The 10 nominees for Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021: footballer Archie Thompson, 42;  TV and radio host Chrissie Swan, 47;  fashion designer Collette Dinnigan, 55;  singer Dami Im, 32, singer;  36-year-old comedian Dilruk Jayasinha;  former Olympian Ian Thorpe, 38;  Offspring actor Matt Le Nevez, 42;  AFL player Nick Riewoldt, 38;  Packed To The Rafters actress Rebecca Gibney, 56, and culinary offspring Tilly Ramsay, 19.

The 10 famous faces on Celebrity chef. Photo: Canal 10.

Others were particularly pleased with the eclectic mix of sports heroes, music icons, and TV stars.

“Channel 10 pulled off that cast of the series! So healthy,” one fan tweeted.

“A great program! I find it very interesting so far. Normal dishes !!!” added another.

“So excited to watch Celebrity MasterChef !!! Wonderful looks in there,” wrote a third.

To recap, our ten Australian celebrities are:

football player Archie Thompson, 42; TV and radio host Chrissie Swan, 47; fashion designer Collette Dinnigan, 55; singer Dami Im, 32, singer; 36-year-old comedian Dilruk Jayasinha; former Olympian Ian Thorpe, 38; Offspring actor Matt Le Nevez, 42; AFL player Nick Riewoldt, 38; Wrapped in rafters actress Rebecca Gibney, 56, and culinary offspring Tilly Ramsay, 19.

Viewers' tweets about the first episode of Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021. Photo: Channel 10.

Viewers were addicted to episode one of Celebrity chef. Photo: Canal 10.

There were a few emerging fan favorites already, with the unexpected comedic duo of Chrissie Swan and Rebecca Gibney proving popular.

“Let’s keep Gibney and Swan on the same bench all season, huh?” tweeted a viewer.

Others praised Ian Thorpe for stepping in to help fellow competitors after finishing his own dish.

“Thorpie helping others. I love him damn,” wrote one.

One viewer was pleasantly surprised by the teenage offspring of famous TV chef Gordon Ramsay.

“This is my first watch of anything Tilly Ramsay and how awesome is she? Love it,” they remarked.

a Offspring the fan couldn’t help but refer to star Matt Le Nevez and the tragic death of his beloved character, Dr Patrick Reid.

“Patrick is back to haunt us again,” they joked.

In the end, it was comedian Dilruk Jayasinha who received the coveted Immunity Pin for his rendering of stellar beef with coconut rice.

Melissa Leong wearing a black and white animal print mini dress on Celebrity MasterChef Australia 2021. Photo: Channel 10.

Melissa Leong looked gorgeous in a Leo Lin mini dress. Photo: Canal 10.

Shop Melissa’s First Look

Fans also had a lot of love for foodie fashionista Melissa Leong, who kicked off the new season in style in a black and white print mini dress with puffed sleeves and an alluring ruffle hem.

She was stunned in the Animalia Night mini dress ($ 419.40) by Chinese-Australian designer Leo Lin.

The bold “Animalia Night” print is also available in a bold asymmetric dress which is currently on sale for $ 199.50 on The Iconic.

Leo Lin Animalia Night Tie Mini Dress, $ 199.50 at The Iconic.  Photo: The Iconic.

Leo Lin Animalia Night Tie Mini Dress, $ 199.50 at The Iconic. Photo: The Iconic.

Celebrity MasterChef airs at 7:30 a.m. on Sundays and Mondays at 10 a.m.

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