FOUR amateur chefs from Scarborough were in the TV spotlight last night on the popular Channel 4 TV show Come Dine With Me.
It featured sales executive Claire McCourt, comedy hypnotist Ken Webster, events manager Stewart Chapman Wilson, and retro-loving mum Claire Oliver.
The Staxton-based entertainer was eventually voted as the top chef and he was quick to point out that he did not use any of his hypnotic tricks to curry favour. “I couldn’t have been that bad because I won.”
He added that filming the one-hour show was quite stressful. “They turn up at your house at 8.30am and turn it upside down. They don’t leave until 1.30am the next day.
“It’s not just the food it’s all the organisation and giving people a dinner party. Plus you are having a few drinks as well – you let your guard down.”
Claire McCourt, a 26-year-old mother-of-one from the South Cliff area, said that she and Ken clicked during the show.
She added that the food she cooked, which included pate and a goat’s cheese and red onion tart, was “awful”. She said: “I think it was just because I was a bit nervous.”
Claire said that the whole experience had been good but admitted that she might have made a fool of herself. She said: “I don’t know what it’s going to look like. It was just a bit of fun and silliness. Hopefully it will be shown nicely.
“Looking back it was really good fun. There are no hard feelings and we had a brilliant time over all.”
According to the show’s producers last night’s programme featured “loud suits, shoddy hosting, bad food, strong opinions, showgirls, a Laurel and Hardy tribute act, rowdy behaviour, and an absolute belter of an argument”.
The programme is shown by broadcasters across the globe in countries including: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Ireland, Poland and India.