TV personality Maura Higgins, comedian Joe Wilkinson and Chaser Anne Hegerty will star in Cooking with the Stars season two alongside Tom Allen and Emma Willis
Cooking with the Stars is back for a second season, putting another eight celebrities through their paces in the kitchen.
Last year, McFly’s Harry Judd beat the likes of Johnny Vegas, Denise van Outen and Shirley Ballas to become the Season 1 winner.
The competition matches each celebrity with another experienced chef mentor who will teach them how to cook a range of dishes.
The celebrities cook against each other and have the opportunity to get their mentor to help for two minutes with every challenge.
After each challenge, the mentors judge the contestants’ dishes and select one celebrity to save and two to eliminate.
The bottom two cooks then have to prepare another dish without the help of their mentor – the two dishes are judged by a blind test with all the mentors, and the loser is sent home.
Who are the Cooking with the Stars hosts?
Comedian and presenter Tom Allen returns to host Cooking with the Stars after co-hosting the first season.
He has previously presented Bake Off The Professionals from seasons one to four, but was replaced by Stacey Solomon in season five and became the presenter of The Apprentice: You’re Fired beginning in season 15.
Tom is also a regular guest on celebrity panels and quiz shows, having appeared on Mock the Week, Hypothetical, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Would I Lie to You.
Presenter and former model Emma Willis will also return with Tom to host the second season of the cook-off.
She has previously presented Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother and spin-off show Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.
Emma’s other presenting appearances include singing competition The Voice UK and game show The Circle.
Who are the candidates?
Maura is an Irish tv-personality who rose to fame after appearing in season 5 of Love Island where she placed fourth alongside Curtis Pritchard.
She competed in season 12 of Dancing on Ice and placed sixth with professional dancer Alexander Demetriou.
Maura has also appeared on game shows The Wheel and Celebrity Juice and hosts makeup competition show Glow Up: Ireland.
Maura’s mentor is Jack Stein
Anton du Becke
Ballroom dancer Anton Du Beke was a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing from season one through season 18.
His best performance came in season 17 when he placed second alongside actress Emma Barton.
Anton replaced Bruno Tonioli as the permanent judge on Strictly Come Dancing beginning in season 19.
Anton’s mentor is Rosemary Shrager
Mrs. Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes is a former middle distance athlete who has won medals representing Great Britain at sporting events around the world.
She won bronze in the 800m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and gold in the 800m and 1,500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
She founded the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to support young athletes and help disadvantaged young people across the UK.
Kelly’s mentor is Ronnie Murray
Josie is a tv personality who rose to fame after winning season 11 of Big Brother in 2010 and appearing on Ultime Big Brother later that year.
Since then she has appeared on a variety of chat shows including The Wright Stuff, Live from Studio Five, The Vanessa Show, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, This Morning and Loose Women.
Her other TV appearances include Celebrity Juice, The Jump and Celebrity Wedding Planner.
Josie’s mentor is Tony Singh MBE
Anne is best known for her role as the governess on the quiz show The Chase and its spin-off Beat the Chasers.
She is a competitive quizzer and has appeared on Mastermind, Fifteen to One, Today’s the Day, Are You an Egghead? and Brain of Britain.
Anne competed in the 18th season of “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” and placed seventh.
Anne’s mentor is Jean-Christophe Novelli
dr Ranj Singh
Ranj is a doctor and TV presenter whose TV career began in 2012 when he created and hosted the children’s show Get Well Soon on CBeebies.
He competed on the 16th season of Strictly Come Dancing with professional dancer Janette Manrara and placed tenth.
Ranj has appeared on several panel shows including Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Catchphrase, Would I Lie to You? And Richard Osman’s House of Games.
Ranj’s mentor is Clodagh McKenna
Joe is a comedian who appeared in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown since 2012 and took part in Taskmaster Season 2, finishing last.
He appeared in the first and third seasons of “Sex Education” as Jeffrey and in “After Life” opposite Ricky Gervais as Postman Pat.
He also took part in The Great British Bake Off Stand Up to Cancer where he was named Star Baker.
Joe’s mentor is Judy Joo
The son of DJ Fatboy Slim and presenter Zoe Ball, Woody made his television debut in season two of The Circle.
He appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox for seven episodes alongside his mother in 2020.
Woody will be following in his dad’s footsteps as he performs a DJ set at Glastonbury this month.
Woody’s mentor is Mike Reid
When is Cooking with the Stars on TV?
Cooking with the Stars season two airs on ITV on June 7 at 7pm, with five more episodes airing weekly at the same time.
Episodes can be viewed on the ITV Hub shortly after they first air.