Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Celebrities Give Up Pool, Pitch and Stage to Cook Up a Storm

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Celebrities Give Up Pool, Pitch and Stage to Cook Up a Storm

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JULY 20, 2009, nearly became a national day of mourning as Australians struggled to find what to do at 7pm from Sunday to Friday.

Julie Goodwin's emotional victory on Masterchef was a bittersweet moment for viewers as they celebrated her win but also farewelled the popular program for a year.

Well, a few months anyway.

Channel Ten has cashed in on the format's success and now Masterchef-o-philes will have a weekly fix of the show when Celebrity Masterchef kicks off on Wednesday.

Judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will all return, but this time, instead of judging the cooking prowess of Australia's amateur chef contingent, they will sample the wares of some of the hottest celebs in the country.

If someone leaves the toaster on in the Masterchef kitchen and fire breaks out, the Australian music, television, sporting, journalism and modelling landscape will be a very boring place with Alex Lloyd, Alex Perry, Anna Bligh, Eamon Sullivan, Faustina 'Fuzzy' Agolley, George Negus, Indira Naidoo, Josh Thomas, Kathleen De Leon, Kirk Pengilly, Michelle Bridges, Peter Fitzsimons, Peter Rowsthorn, Rachael Finch, Ryan O'Keefe, Simon Katich, Simon Westaway and Wendy Harmer have all signed on to be a part of the program.

And with busy lives being celebrities, one wonders what it is that attracted the stars out of the studio, pool or sporting field and into the kitchen.

"I really love cooking, I have done it for years," said Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan.

"Out of all the shows that people like myself are able to go on, dancing, singing and cooking, this was one I wanted to do.

"When it came up it was something for me to challenge myself with outside the pool."

And a challenge it was as he and his fellow contestants fought it out over the crown.

"You go in with the mission of having fun but as soon as you put the apron on and step behind the bench it's game on," he said.

"Quietly everyone was competitive, there was no love lost in the kitchen. …

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