FORMER Royal Marine, Andy Grant, will hope he can cook up a storm in this summer’s Celebrity MasterChef after he was confirmed as a contestant.
The 30-year-old, from Bootle, has been named in this year's line-up of 20 celebrities and he will now look to impress MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace across six weeks of episodes.
Andy has appeared in the Champion a number of times over the years, notably for fighting back from losing his leg in a horrific bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009 to clinching a world record in 2016 when he became the fastest 'below-the-knee amputee' to run a 10km race.
He has penned a book about his life, entitled 'You'll Never Walk', featured in an ITV documentary called Paragon, appeared on ITV’s historical period drama Downton Abbey and also won two gold medals and a bronze at the Invictus Games in London.
He gives motivational talks to educational institutes, a wide range of companies and other organisations, including the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Despite Andy's achievements, he remains modest and claims he shouldn't appear on Celebrity MasterChef - because he doesn't consider himself to be a celebrity!
He said: “I’m certainly no celebrity, nor do I class myself as a MasterChef! However, when I was asked to appear on the show, I thought it would be fun and rude to say no.”
Andy will compete in the kitchen against the likes of former Liverpool star Neil Ruddock, Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale in Eastenders, Geordie Shore reality TV star Vicky Pattison and Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse.
Also joining Andy will be Gogglebox’s Dom Parker, BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker, Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford and Motown legend Martha Reeves who will all be put through their culinary paces
BBC Commissioning Editor, Carla-Maria Lawson, says: “This Celebrity MasterChef has all of the right ingredients for a series full of entertainment, pressure and fun. Once again we have a brilliant variety of different characters and there will be some surprises along the way as they are put through their paces and pushed to their limits.”
The BBC has yet to confirm when the new series of Celebrity MasterChef will air.