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Come Dine with Me comes to Cheltenham

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: March 27, 2010

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THE heat is on as four ambitious county cooks go to battle on Channel 4 favourite Come Dine With Me.

The successful dinner party programme will star Cathy Shilling and Alexander Arundell, both from Cheltenham, and counterpart contestants from Gloucester and Stroud.

All four cooked up their favourite foods over the course of a week and then secretly voted on their competition in a bid to win a £1,000 prize.

And on tomorrow's show, which will track their progress, the winner will be revealed to the TV audience.

Montpellier Wine Bar and Blushes Hair Salon – favoured locations of speech and language therapist Cathy – will also appear on the show.

Cathy, who lives in Oldfield Crescent, admits she "hammed it up" for the cameras.

She cooked her signature dish of Burley Field slow-cooked lamb with prune caramel sauce and mini roast potatoes with garlic and rosemary for her main course.

"They filmed me enjoying lunch with my girlfriends in the wine bar and I got my hair done every day at Blushes to look my best," she said.

"It was just an amazing treat for the show and of course for a working mum it was nice to look my best."

Cathy, who has children aged seven and five, had her downstairs bathroom revamped to make sure her home looked good for the cameras.

She added: "It was something my husband Matthew and I had been meaning to do for a few years so it spurred us on when I found out I was on the programme.

"The sparks will definitely be flying, but from my point of view I had an absolutely fantastic time and met two people who will be friends for life.

"I absolutely love cooking. I'm the queen of the dinner party so this was an extension of that with the exception of the cameras.

"I thought it would be quite stressful having a camera crew watching me cook, but actually it was amazing fun."

Fellow contestant Alex said there was a clash of personalities, but he said he took the show with "a pinch of salt".

He cooked garlic prawns and garlic bread to start, baked spinach pasta with chorizo for his main and fried ice cream for dessert.

The 34-year-old sales director, who lives in Montpellier, said: "I watch the show when I can so it was great to be a part of it. I enjoy eating food immensely and obviously part of it is about meeting three strangers to see how well we got on. There were definitely a few fireworks, but I'm looking forward to watching it tomorrow."

Cathy and Alex are both holding parties for friends and family tomorrow night.The show will be screened at 8pm.

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  • faced  |  April 07 2012, 7:44AM

    I have decided to start an i love Cathy Fanclub. Closely followed by an i hate Alex Fanclub. Members will be queueing up and I will be a millionaire before the week is out

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  • Mudbox  |  April 06 2012, 10:36AM

    Leeeet's do the tiiiime warp agaaain...

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  • faced  |  April 06 2012, 10:20AM

    Alex, U have no idea what people thought of you when they watch that program. I was seriously sickened by your behaviour and yes she was correct, you did think you were much better than her. ... But you know what, you were wrong. The person that you were trying to put down is worth 10 of you. She showed them so much dignity in the face of adversity. Your attitude ruined for potentially good evenings and nobody truly had a good time and you were to blame. You and your dirty bath. I can smell you from here and it ain't Pleasant.

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  • faced  |  April 06 2012, 10:17AM

    Clearly, the only positive remark on this entire page about Alex is obviously from his friend if it actually has one… I seriously cannot comprehend how rude and arrogant he actually behaved on that evening. He may have had an okay Flat, dressed okay, but apart from that, he showed himself ought to be exactly what he is… nothing bought a rude, bullying pig of a man. Seriously, is this how you has been bought all to behave this way towards women. You were not smart enough to speak your mind when you were first challenged. It then took you 24 hours to come back. Absolutely loved the way that poor girl did not rise to your pathetic little bait. She probably wasn't hungry enough to buy the worm that you would dangling before her. the rich piece showed herself or pays well for going along with your silly little game. Pathetic really. The right lady clearly won. Thought she was not only beautiful but really really lovely person so it was the correct result. Yes haw.

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    Rob, away  |  August 01 2010, 9:19PM

    Alex is possibly the most unpleasant inhabitant of our planet. He has got to be the most self obsessed and deluded individual bar none.

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    Nick, Cheltenham  |  March 29 2010, 8:59AM

    What a Legend you are Alex!!!!! Perfect!

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    he_devil, cheltenham  |  March 29 2010, 8:55AM

    He was a total arrogant oik, although i do think Janice has issues of her own as well. Dont ususlly watch this programme but was well funny and as for Cathy...WOW ;-)

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    Astaroth, Tartarus  |  March 29 2010, 2:19AM

    What an arrogant moron the male was ... but the result somehow managed to turn out well, and the right person won.

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    Alfonso, Gloucester  |  March 28 2010, 10:53PM

    What an unpleasant, arrogant, unintelligent, insensitive little man. You represent everything odious Alex.

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    L, Glouc  |  March 28 2010, 10:32PM

    Alex is such a bully. He came across so badly. If I were his friends or family I'd be so embarassed. And he justified his behaviour as saying people were jealous of him - deluded man!

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