Celebrity MasterChef: Meet Neil Razor Ruddock - football career and more!

Celebrity MasterChef is back for 2019 with a whole new shiny host of famous faces ready to whip on their aprons and cook their socks off.

Joey Essex, Zandra Rhodes and Oti Mabuse are just some of the celebrities taking part in series 14 of the cooking competition judged by John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Episode 1 of the new series kicks off from September 2nd 2019 and sees the celebrities do their best at making sausages from scratch and working shifts in a high-end restaurant.

He sailed through the sausage challenge in episode 1, but what else do we know about Neil Ruddock?

Neil Ruddock – Celebrity MasterChef BBC

Neil’s football career

Neil Ruddock is 51 years old. He was born in Wandsworth, London on May 8th, 1968.

The ex-pro-footballer started his career at Millwall FC, following that he went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur and then Southampton.

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Neil then went on to play for Liverpool and West Ham, then Swindon Town and Wellingborough Whitworth toward the end of his career.

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3 Oct 1999: Neil Ruddock of West Ham United battles for the ball with Davor Suker of Arsenal during the FA Carling Premiership game between West Ham United and Arsenal at Upton Park, London. Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths/ALLSPORT

Neil’s family explored

The sportsman, who is also proving himself as a pretty good cook, has been married twice.

From 1989 – 2005 he was married to Sarah Ruddock. Today he is in a relationship with Leah Newman and the pair have been married since 2013.

Neil has two children, Joshua and Millie Ruddock. They’re both grown-ups themselves with Joshua 30 years old and Millie 27.

Has Neil Ruddock been on TV before?

Yes! Neil appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2004.

As well as spending some time in the jungle, Neil has also spent some time boarding dogs apparently. A few years back, Neil featured on Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away due to an allegedly outstanding dog kennel debt.

The subject of Neil’s debt was brought up among Twitter users during episode 1 of the show.

One Twitter user wrote: “Anyone else remember when Neil Ruddock was on ‘Can’t pay we’ll take it away?”. Another added: “Yessss his wife went mental all to do with kennel fees I think“.

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