In Tuesday’s episode (December 21), 10 celebrities took part in a two-hour 15-minute challenge in a bid to be the first of two festive champions.
Comedian and actress Judi Love, 41, who was the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, won the judges over with her Caribbean-themed Christmas dinner.
Love said it “made her Christmas” and was awarded a golden whisk trophy.
She served a rolled turkey breast stuffed with jerk seasoning, served with parsnip puree, carrots, stuffing, roast potatoes, crispy turkey skin and a cranberry and scotch bonnet chili jam, which judge Gregg Wallace described as “nothing short of fantastic”.
Love also presented a Jamaican Christmas black cake with a sorrel sauce and a stout and rum punch ice cream, with judge John Torode saying: “I love it.”
The first of two episodes saw Judi Love, Gemma Collins, Joe Swash, Joey Essex and Neil Ruddock compete.
Su Pollard, Rev Richard Coles, Oti Mabuse, Les Dennis and Mica Paris also took part.
The stars took part in the invention test, where they had to create a dish using ingredients from a seasonal advent calendar.
Love said: “Bring on the prosecco and let’s start this party. I am so excited; my kids and family are going to be so happy.
“I am overwhelmed, it is a beautiful feeling and has made my Christmas.”
Wallace said: “Judi put a whole lot of love into her two dishes. She is a fun, joyous cook who took familiar Christmas ingredients and added Caribbean sunshine to it.
“It was a real winning formula, it was outstanding.”
Torode said: “Judi kept the heart and the soul of the world she has grown up with in her dishes and she made them fantastic. Good on her.”
The second episode of Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Cook-Off will air at 9pm on Thursday December 23 on BBC One.