A group of celebrities has been lined up to appear in a TV cookery contest to be filmed on board P&O Cruises’ newest ship Britannia.

The Battlechefs show will see ten amateur celebrity chefs, including Alex James (Blur), Keith Duffy (Boyzone) and John Partridge (EastEnders), take it in turns to command the kitchen.

Their talents will be judged by British celebrity chef and P&O Cruises ‘Food Hero’ Marco Pierre White.

Filmed over two Mediterranean cruises on Britannia, each itinerary will be host to its own self-contained competition featuring five celebrities, who will each assume the role of head chef and prepare a meal for the Captain and his VIP guests.

Battlechefs is due to be screened on television network UKTV’s Watch entertainment channel next year.

P&O Cruises marketing director, Christopher Edgington, said: “Watch provides an ideal audience to encourage newcomers to cruising and will showcase our food ethos.

“Our cookery school on board provides the perfect backdrop for the show as the celebrities prepare speciality dishes from around the Med.”

UKTV commissioning editor, Victoria Summer, said: “Travel, food and healthy competition come together in Battlechefs.

“It’s an energetic show which centres on challenge and good-hearted rivalry, which sits perfectly alongside Watch viewer favourites such as the hugely popular Masterchef Australia.

“Seeing whether our celebs can pull off the menus they’re given against the clock is going to be very entertaining.”