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'Celebrity MasterChef' finalists revealed

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This year's three Celebrity MasterChef finalists have been announced.

Former England footballer Danny Mills, author and actress Emma Kennedy and TV presenter Michael Underwood will compete to be crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2012 champion in the final shows due to be broadcast next week.

The Final 3 chefs of Celebrity Masterchef 2012, including Danny Mills, Emma Kennedy and Michael Underwood

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Throughout the semi-final week, the remaining eight celebrities had to demonstrate their creativity, skill and determination as they prepared meals for customers on a cross-channel ferry, cooked their own dish based on someone close to them and took part in lunchtime service in a top London restaurant.

One by one the contestants were sent home, until only Kennedy, Underwood, Mills and radio presenter Jamie Theakston remained.

Theakston was later eliminated after his main of Asian salmon with coconut and lime rice and dessert of mascarpone mousse in a tropical soup failed to impress the panel of experts - Observer food and restaurant critic Jay Rayner; restaurant critic for The Independent Magazine Tracey MacLeod; and acclaimed food writer Charles Campion.

Celebrity Masterchef, John Torode, Gregg Wallace, Steve Parry, Anne Charleston, Javine, Jamie Theakston

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The final challenges will see the contestants providing lunch for the 90-strong cast and crew of BBC drama New Tricks, attempting to recreate world-renowned pastry chef Claire Clark's three-tiered chocolate celebration cake and preparing a fine dining three-course dinner to honour staff who worked at Bletchley Park during WWII.

Each will then have to cook a three-course menu for some of the country's most respected chefs under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Alexis Gauthier, before presenting their three courses to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Celebrity MasterChef continues on Monday, September 17 and airs each evening on BBC Two at 6.30pm. The winner will be announced during the final episode on Friday, September 21.

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