The line-up for the new summer series of Celebrity MasterChef has been announced - and it looks set to be one sizzling series.

The eight celebrities who will be donning the signature white and orange MasterChef aprons this July will be - writer and comic actor Gary Cooke; writer and broadcaster Maia Dunphy; athlete David Gillick; National Lottery presenter Kamal Ibrahim; former model and columnist Yvonne Keating; RTÉ newcaster Aengus Mac Grianna; RTÉ sports presenter Tracy Piggott and Irish Times Consumer Affairs Correspondent Conor Pope.

Michelin-starred chef Dylan McGrath and top restaurateur Nick Munier will return to screens to put the eight celebrities through their paces in a series of master classes and challenges.

Speaking about the new series Dylan McGrath said: “I am very excited about the first Celebrity MasterChef series. We have such a broad selection of celebrities who are professionals in their own right using their love of food and their competitive passion to win, which I think will make for a great competition. I am really interested to see who breaks away from the pack and takes the first ever title of Celebrity MasterChef.”

Meanwhile, Nick Munier said: “I’m over the moon that we are coming back for a third series of MasterChef and putting our eight celebrities through their paces. I'm hoping to see passion, skill, common sense and a good humoured chef.  We have a group of celebrities that we think have what it takes to come out of their comfort zone and rise to the challenge to take the title of Celebrity MasterChef.”

The series will run for six weeks from July on RTÉ One.