One good thing we have going in January is that a rake load of new TV series' kickoff, and this year that includes a brand new Celebrity MasterChef Ireland, which makes it debut on Monday, 16th January.

The celebrity cooking show first debuted on RTE back in 2013, when former professional athlete David Gillick was crowned the winner, however after more than a three-year wait, its second series has found a new home at TV3.

It will feature two brand new judges, who are Michelin star chefs no less. Daniel Clifford is one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs and his restaurant Midsummer House is ranked amongst the top in Europe, while Dublin-born Robin Gill is one London’s most respected chefs and restaurateurs.

So who will be the celebrities taking part? 

Braving the heat of the kitchen will be Sonia O’Sullivan (46) one of the country’s most successful athletes. Sonia is a passionate cook and cooks for her family every day.

Singer and actress Samantha Mumba (33) is another passionate cook who likes to cook everything from scratch.

Much loved RTÉ weather forecaster Evelyn Cusack (51) is up for the challenge although is little bit daunted at the prospect.

Model Holly Carpenter (24) is competitive and as a fan of MasterChef would like to win the show, time will tell if she can handle the pressure.

Eurovision winner and singer Niamh Kavanagh (46) loves to cook for family and friends. She has watched EVERY episode of MasterChef.

Model and TV personality Nadia Forde (27) has been living in Japan and has picked up some new ways of cooking dishes. Can she use these new skills to win?

Director of Amnesty Ireland Colm O’Gorman (50) has been cooking since he was a child. He learned most of his skills from cooking with his mother and says feeding people makes him happy.

As the main cook in his house, ‘Saturday AM’ presenter and actor Simon Delaney (45) certainly has the practice! He wanted to take part in the first series of Celebrity MasterChef but his schedule wouldn’t allow it.

Singer songwriter Mundy (41) is ready to test himself in the kitchen instead of the stage, he is self-taught in the kitchen and a MasterChef fanatic.

And finally retired GAA footballer Oisin McConville (41) reckons he is an okay cook but once his competitive streak comes out he focuses 100%.

Check out the promo for the new series below...

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland starts on Monday (16th Jan) at 10pm on TV3 and will continue for eight weeks.