Air will compete against former tabloid editor Kelvin Mackenzie and Coronation Street star Tupele Dorgu in the first heat of the new Marco Pierre White cooking reality show next week.
The TV presenter admitted that she had invited her former Byker Grove co-stars around for dinner to help her win the competition.
"I was only 9 when I started on Byker Grove with Ant and Dec. I spoke to them the other day and said, 'Right you've got to come over for dinner. I'm doing this show with Marco and I've got to practice'," she said.
"They haven't given me any tips, but they are coming over. So hopefully I won't kill them. They're so great. We haven't planned it yet, so I don't know what I'm going to cook."
The 30-year-old also confessed that appearing on the show had inspired her to start cooking more for her 6-year-old daughter Freya.
"Freya found it very funny when she got home from school last week. Instead of me saying, 'This isn't a hotel, you know', she's actually getting a choice of meals each day," she said.
"I hand her a copy of Mummy's Menu, and say, 'I need your opinion on this dish' and 'what do you think of that one?' She is taking her role very seriously. But she did say, 'Mummy, I don't think you should make porridge'."
Marco's Kitchen Burnout starts on Friday, April 16 at 9pm on ITV1.