Former Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle is among the contestants on the latest series of Celebrity MasterChef, which began yesterday (July 31) on BBC One.
Considered to be a rank outsider at the time, Debelle won the prestigious prize in 2009 for her album ‘Speech Therapy’, but failed to convert the exposure into sales. The same year, she “sacked” her record label, Big Dada citing their supposed failure to capitalise on the win by keeping up with demand for the album. Debelle and the label later reconciled and her second album, ‘Freedom Of Speech’, was released in 2012.
She’s now set to face another judging panel – MasterChef‘s Gregg Wallace and John Torode.
Debelle isn’t the only musician to compete in this year’s cooking competition – Heidi Range of Sugababes is among the 16 contestants, as is Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife Jo Wood. Executive producer Carla-Maria Lawson said: “In this series, the contestants’ enthusiasm in their pursuit of the MasterChef trophy is palpable, often inspiring and sometimes very, very funny.”
Click below to see a clip from the series.