Celebrity MasterChef

Celebrity MasterChef – Alex Fletcher

British actress best known for her role as Jacqui Farnham in the now defunct soap Brookside.

Celebrity MasterChef – Neil Stuke

English actor most notable for playing Matthew in the second and third seasons of Game On.

Celebrity MasterChef – Colin Jackson

Former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles.

Celebrity MasterChef – Christine Hamilton

British television personality and author, and the wife of former British Member of Parliament Neil Hamilton.

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Top Gear screening later

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Jayne Middlemiss has been crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2009 in the BBC One competition.

Her title was awarded by judges and presenters John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

The series saw Jayne compete in a first round heat, quarter-final and intense semi and final week rounds when she saw off stiff competition from athlete Iwan Thomas and actor Wendi Peters.

Jayne said: “It’s so exciting to be crowned MasterChef Champion. It was a truly incredible experience, and it’s given me confidence and allowed me to realise my passion for cooking. I hope this is just the start of my culinary journey.”

John Torode said: “Jayne is a natural cook. She has complete understanding of modern food. Jayne really pulled it out of the bag and is a deserving winner.”

Gregg Wallace agreed: “Well deserved. Jayne truly understands what it takes to make great food.”

Throughout the final week her cooking abilities were tested to the limit as the finalists were asked to produce exquisite fine dining using only open fires and clay ovens at Richard Branson’s hotel in the Moroccan mountains; cook for 90 crew members of hit BBC One drama Ashes To Ashes: and prepare a meal for Michelin-starred chefs including Michel Roux Jr.

Jayne’s winning menu consisted of a starter of Seared Scallops on Apple Puree with Ground Walnut Sauce and Fresh Herbs, a main course of Pan Fried Veal on a Bed of Baby Red Chard with Truffle Potatoes and a Veal Jus, and a dessert of Lavender Panacotta with Crystallised Violets.

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