Richard Blackwood reveals Celebrity MasterChef gave him 'nightmares'

‘You have sleepless nights!’ EastEnders actor Richard Blackwood reveals that Celebrity MasterChef gave him ‘nightmares’ due to stress over recipes

EastEnders actor Richard Blackwood has revealed that taking part in Celebrity MasterChef gave him ‘nightmares’.

The actor, 50, – who played Vincent Hubbard in the soap from 2015 to 2018 – has told in a new interview how he couldn’t stop stressing over his recipes. 

Admitting he was ‘apprehensive’ at first when asked to do the show, he explained how the cooking show gave him many ‘sleepless nights’. 

Scary! EastEnders actor Richard Blackwood has revealed that taking part in Celebrity MasterChef gave him ‘nightmares’

He told The Mirror: ‘You never would have thought that cooking food could turn into a nightmare, but it really does – it’s tough. 

‘You have sleepless nights, dreaming about dishes that you’ve made or that you want to make. Then whatever the food was, it wasn’t even edible. It was like literally, you just don’t stop thinking about food.’ 

‘Preparing for MasterChef is like preparing for a quiz where it is general knowledge questions; you don’t know where they going to go. 

‘No matter how much you might study geography, or you might study history, they might go there, well, the special subject is horror movies.’

Tough: The actor, 50, – who played Vincent Hubbard in EastEnders from 2015 to 2018 – has told in a new interview how he couldn’t stop stressing over his recipes

Love Island star Faye Winter, Strictly Come Dancing professional Katya Jones, actor Ryan Thomas and McFly singer Danny Jones are among the celebrities who are taking part in the current series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Joining them in the BBC One show is TV presenter Lisa Snowdon, former EastEnders star Cliff Parisi, and star of The Choir Gareth Malone.

Broadcast over six weeks, the celebrities are tackling a series of cookery challenges to follow in the footsteps of reigning champion Kadeena Cox and win the coveted MasterChef title.

This year’s crop of 20 celebrities, joined again by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, also includes former boxing champion Chris Eubank, TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, former pro-footballer Jimmy Bullard and comedian Paul Chuckle. 

Wow!: This year’s crop of 20 celebrities, joined again by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, includes TV presenter Lisa Snowdon, former EastEnders star Cliff Parisi, and star of The Choir Gareth Malone

Former All Saints band member Melanie Blatt, comedian Kae Kurd and RuPaul’s drag race UK star Kitty Scott-Claus are also taking part. 

Hoping to impress with their culinary skills are also reality star MoJo, media personality Nancy Dell’Olio and British actress Lesley Joseph – as well as actors Adam Pearson and Clarke Peters.

This year has seen the return of challenges Under The Cloche, The Street Food Challenge and Dinner Party Dish in the four-week heat round before the top celebrities face the semi and final week stages.


Celebrity MasterChef lineup: Katya Jones and Faye Winter (L-R) are among the other stars taking part in this year’s series 

Post-pandemic, the series will see the finalists face challenges cooking for a large number of people – including a special centenary challenge to mark 100 years of the BBC.

Katie Attwood, MasterChef series editor, said as the stars were announced last month: ‘Celebrity MasterChef is a firm favourite in the television must-see calendar and this series is as funny, engaging and nail-biting as ever. 

‘John and Gregg are in for a treat, as are our viewers.’

Sarah Clay, commissioning editor for the BBC, added: ‘This line up will absolutely cement Celebrity MasterChef as one of the nation’s most loved cookery programmes, with a lot of laughter alongside fierce competition guaranteed. 

‘The level of cooking is fantastic this year and you can really see how much it means to them all.’

Kadeena Cox, MBE was crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2021 champion as she reigned victorious against Joe Swash and Megan McKenna during the finale. 

Celebrity MasterChef, produced by Shine TV, is currently airing on BBC One. 

Competition: Broadcast over six weeks, the celebrities are tackling a series of cookery challenges battling it out for this year’s coveted trophy (contestant Ryan Thomas pictured)

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