GETTING a taste of being a TV cooking star was a great experience – but not one they would want to repeat.
That’s the view of the contestants from Portsmouth who have starred on Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me all this week.
The programme follows five people who take turns to host each other for dinner.
This week’s set of shows was filmed in Portsmouth and starred solicitor Allison Hampshire, actor Christopher Marlowe, adult tutor Kathy Anderson, lecturer Will Dixon and beautician Rose Proenca.
Christopher, an actor and director of New Apollo Theatre Company, jointly won the £1,000 prize with Allison.
Christopher is currently in panto playing one of the ugly sisters in Ilford, Essex.
He said: ‘I had a fantastic time although I think the director was very kind to me. They weren’t so kind to Rose and Will. They’re actually really nice people and they picked out their worst bits.’
Kathy Anderson, 42, an adult tutor at the Learning Place, North End, said filming finished as late as 3am and that desserts were not served until the small hours of the morning.
Kathy said: ‘In retrospect, if they had told me how late it was going to be, I would think twice about doing it.
‘We were really lucky to have such a great group of people.
They really went to town on Rose and Will, but we had no real major-punch ups and we’ve all met up three times since filming.’
Will, 33, a lecturer at South Downs College, said: ‘They picked out the couple of negative things I said and just focused on those.
The edit didn’t really reflect what actually happened.
‘When you watch it on TV, you think it’s just dinner but you are there for 10 hours.
‘Throw a bit of red wine in and there’s no wonder people get irritable.’
Rose, 37, a beautician, said: ‘I’m not a bad girl like that, it’s the editing that makes it look that way but that’s what makes it great TV.’
To watch the series go to channel4.com