After a telling promo aired on Tuesday hinting a celebrity chef with an Irish accent would be next to join the show, Colin shared a cheeky selfie on Wednesday morning that sent viewers into a spin.
“How’s your morning!!!!” the Irish chef captioned an Instagram photo of his shirtless self enjoying the sunshine at Cabarita Beach in New South Wales.
Some followers immediately took to the comments section to mention the reality TV show, with one fan writing, “Going to the beach before your I’m A Celeb debut I see”.
“Awesome how’s your morning, can’t wait to see you in the jungle tonight,” another penned.
“Not fooling me!!! See u tonight on I’m a celebrity,” read another comment.
Last month The Australian reported that the 45-year-old chef from Dublin will step in as the ‘renowned chef’ in the Aussie jungle after Pete Evans was ‘dropped’ from the show following a social media post featuring a white nationalist symbol used by extremist movements and neo-Nazis.
Colin has appeared on Channel 7′s ‘My Kitchen Rules’ since 2013 as a guest judge and mentor to the teams in the kitchen. He’s known for being very direct with contestants and, as his own website quotes, is a “no-nonsense chef”.
While Channel 10 wouldn’t confirm or deny his involvement with the show, a network spokesperson said in a statement to HuffPost Australia in December:
“Some say Australia is the foodie capital of the world, so when it comes to renowned chefs, there’s quite a smorgasbord to choose from. Stay tuned, to see if we serve up a celebrity platter, fit for the Irish fella on Sunday, January 3.”
On Sunday night ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’ debuted with 10 famous faces: Abbie Chatfield, Ash Williams, Grant Denyer, Jack Vidgen, Jess Eva, Mel Buttle, Paulini Curuenavuli, Toni Pearen and Travis Varcoe. Since then Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico and Pettifleur Berenger have also joined as campmates.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show was pre-recorded over four weeks in Australia instead of being filmed live in the usual South African jungle. However, viewers will be able to vote for the eventual winner.
The celebrities will live on a diet of rice and beans and compete in physically demanding challenges in a bid to win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
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