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Comedy genius of a cookery show
Come Dine With Me
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Come Dine With Me
Advantages: Sarcastic narration and guaranteed some laughs
Disadvantages: Buried in the schedules
Come Dine with Me is a hidden gem in Channel 4's schedule. It tends to be on at about 5pm every day over a week but it is in between series at the minute - I have heard it might be moved to an 8pm slot but I can't see Channel 4 giving up this prime slot every night of the week!
So what is it?
Come Dine with Me is a 30 minute programme following the preparation of a three course dinner party - not that exciting in principal, but add in alcohol and £1,000 and it all becomes very interesting.
Each week the viewer is introduced to five amateur chefs who all live in and around a city. Each one will host a meal at their home throughout the week and will be marked out of 10 by the other four. By Friday the top scorer wins the grand.
The show starts with a quick recap and then goes into the menu of the night's chef. This is then destroyed by the other four contestants who bitch and look down their noses at it.
Then we are shown the cooking process, which is normally accompanied by a complete breakdown or copious drinking by the cook.
Then the guests arrive and while the cook is putting the finishing touches to their feast, the guests get to snoop around their houses.
At the end of the night the contestants mark their overall night - not just their meal, but the atmosphere etc - out of 10 in the taxi on the way home, apart from the last night when it is done tucked away in the bedroom somewhere.
So why watch it?
You can guarantee the producers have picked the five most opinionated and kooky people in the town, so adding that to alcohol just guarantees at some point there will be an argument.
Honestly this is total car crash viewing! My absolute favourite was one where a woman from Bristol lived in a huge mansion and had shop mannequins dressed up in suitable attire in every room. She served up for her pudding a glass of grapes - utter mental genius. I think that may also have been the week when a mother of five got so drunk she had to have a nap half way through the meal after getting stinking drunk.
But believe it or not this is not the best thing about the whole show, that honour goes to narrator Dave Lamb, who provides a hilariously sarcastic and dry voice over.
This is by no means a regular cookery show but that is a good thing. It is funny and will make you feel better about yourself no end.
If you are interested in cooking some of the recipes from the show they are available on ceefax and from the channel4 website at www.channel4.com/food, but I think they are only on the site for the week of that show.
If you are brave enough to you can apply to go on the show by emailing email@example.com for an application form
Summary: Come Dine with me is a hidden gem