I’m A Celeb’s food secrets from odd eating times to unseen meals and different diets

Any celebrity going into the I'm A Celebrity jungle knows they won’t be treated to any fancy meals they might expect on the outside world.

But it’s been revealed that campers can expect to only have about 700 calories a day – more than 1,300 less than the recommended amount.

It’s no surprise that food is at the centre of fights, drama and sometimes scandals that we’ve seen over the last 22 series – with hungry stars forced to eat small portions of rice and beans unless they win extra food through gruesome Bushtucker trials.

Here's a look at the food situations inside camp:


Celebrities are reportedly given around 700 calories a day. The NHS recommends that the daily intake for women is 2,000 and for men is 2,500.

This can lead to some pretty extreme body transformations that we've seen over the years with celebrities saying they feel a lot lighter than when they went in.

Last year, when the series filmed in Wales, the food in camp was carefully worked out by nutritionists to make sure campmates were getting enough energy to get through the day.

It’s understood because of the cold temperatures they were given an extra 100 calories each.

Eating times

In Australia the eating times are pretty standard with Bushtucker trials happening in the morning and dinner in the evening.

At the end of the show, around 10pm UK time and in the morning in Australia, Ant and Dec go live and enter the camp as they reveal which unlucky celebrity is taking part in the bushtucker trial to collect stars for dinner.

A lot of changes were made when the series moved to a castle in Wales during the pandemic.

There was no time difference, so celebrities were told who was going to do the grizzly trials at 10pm.

As they’re not able to get dinner until they know how many stars the celebrity collected, they couldn’t eat until around 1am.

Speaking on a podcast after the show AJ Pritchard said he had to change his routine before going in to get his body used to the bizarre schedule.

Dietary requirements

In previous years campmates have been given different foods for their dietary requirements.

Boxer Amir Khan and Olympian Mo Farah have both been given halal meals, where meat has to be prepared in a specific way, in line with religious beliefs.

Coronation Street actress Beverly Callard was also allowed vegan options in her challenges and at dinner time.

Food scandals

There’s also been some scandalous food moments on the show over the years.

In 2009, ITV was forced to apologise after viewers were left horrified when jungle King Gino D’Acampo killed a rat and ate it.

The incident unfolded when he and another campmate were put on rations of rice and beans to eat instead of the quirky meat camp is often seen wondering how to cook.

A year later another scandal unfolded when it emerged that Gillian McKeith had smuggled banned food products into the Australian jungle in her underwear.

The food nutritionist broke the strict rules by hiding items such as salt, garlic powder and soup in secret pockets she had sewn into her knickers.

It was all revealed when jungle Queen Stacey Solomon asked her for the ‘special stuff’ and she was seen rummaging around in her bag.

The series wasn’t struck with another shocking food moment until 2019 when radio host Iain and boxer Amir Khan decided to betray their campmates and eat the strawberries and cream they were given in a mini-challenge.

After they completed the challenge, the pair had to go to Kiosk Kev, who called the campmates to ask them a question – if they got it right they could win a tasty snack to take back to camp.

But when they won the pair sneakily went and sat down, munching on the treat themselves before pretending to the other stars they had got the question wrong.


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