Celebrity Masterchef welcomes first blind contestant with presenter Amar Latif
Travel presenter Amar Latif, the host of BBC2 documentary Beyond Boundaries, is among the 20 cooks lined up for Celebrity Masterchef this summer.
Other stars set to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with their culinary skills include Quadrophenia’s Phil Daniels, ex-footballer John Barnes and tennis coach Judy Murray.
Amar, who lost 95% of his sight as a teenager due to an incurable condition called retinitis pigmentosa. Will have a sighted guide to help him through the kitchen, but he will do all the prep and cooking himself.
Carla-Maria Lawson, commissioning editor for the BBC, said: "The 20 celebrities who’ve taken up the MasterChef challenge this year are an exciting, ambitious and brave bunch.
"There’s been no holding back in their pursuit of the coveted Celebrity MasterChef title and their efforts will be a real treat for viewers in the BBC One summer schedule."
Filmed ahead of coronavirus, the series is the first time the UK show has featured a blind contestant.
Also cooking for the judges will be Olympians Sam Quek and Sir Matthew Pinsent and Death In Paradise star Shyko Amos.
The rest of the contestants are made up of TV presenters, singers, comedians and TV reality stars.