Come Dine with Me: Ireland
About the Show
Hosts from all walks of life, from Dublin to Cork and Waterford to Galway, accept the culinary challenge, taking it in turns to throw a dinner party in an attempt to win a cash prize
Series 1 Summary
The competitive cooking show visits Ireland for a new series of wining and dining in which five strangers compete to win a cash prize by taking it in turns to throw a dinner party in their own personal style.
The first of five dinner parties from Dublin is given by super-talkative domestic goddess Una Quill, who is confident that her belly of pork main course will win over her four guests.
On the second night in Dublin it's marketing and promotions consultant Monica O'Mara's turn to cook
It's midweek in Dublin and the turn of laid-back fitness fanatic Aiden Creavin, who is cooking a fruit-themed meal, and for the second time in the week there's pork belly on the menu.
On the penultimate night in Dublin it's the turn of first-time dinner party host Emma Carr, who is only used to cooking for herself and her boyfriend, and doesn't even own a dining table.
It's the last night in Dublin and finishing the week's culinary competition is Mr Suave himself, high-flyer Martin Butler
The first of five dinner parties from Dublin is given by bubbly cosmetic surgery nurse Cora, who hopes to impress with her simple, homely menu but has problems serving the wine.
On night two in Dublin, IT consultant Johnny Cox plans to entertain his guests with a Eurovision-themed night and an ambitious menu in which every dish is named after a Eurovision song
It's the third night in Dublin and the turn of PhD graduate Darragh, who's putting a spin on the classic dish of bacon and cabbage with braised pork cheek and steamed greens.
Fitness fanatic and weight-loss consultant Eimhear O'Dalaigh is on a mission to convert her guests to low-fat cooking and has some very handy calorie-counting tips
It's the last day of the culinary cook-off in Dublin and fire-fighter Keith Murphy's turn to host. He is Mr Super-Confident and thinks he's got what it takes to bag the 1000 Euro prize.
The first of five dinner parties from Cork in Ireland is given by animal-loving David Roche, whose dog Rudy takes a liking to the seafood starter after finding it resting on the stairs.
On night two in Cork, country-loving, horse-mad Helena Crowley Hayes hosts and she is determined to give her guests a true taste of rural life, including not one, but three desserts.
The third night in Cork is a chance for vegetarian Luisa Costello to spread the word about her diet to her four guests, and she won't compromise by offering a menu for the carnivores.
On the penultimate night in Cork it's the turn of accounts clerk Jamie Knoblauch to host, and it's a case of schnapps, schnitzel and strudel as he turns to his German roots for inspiration.
The final night in Cork provides an opportunity for businesswoman Vikki Shorten to see if she can top her competitors' scores and scoop the prize
The first of five dinner parties from Galway is given by Canadian Bruce Henry, who throws a fancy-dress evening featuring a main course so dangerous that it has to be cooked outdoors.
Good-time granny Mary Murphy is hoping that her night of black-tie opulence will impress her guests and guarantee her the 1000 Euro prize
It's mysterious psychotherapist Peter O'Neill's turn to host. Peter has been the quiet man of the group so far, but he's already got the other guests talking about his odd behaviour
On the penultimate night in Galway it's the turn of Kiwi comedian Danny Dowling to host, and his self-sufficient dinner party features only ingredients he's reared, grown or obtained free.
It's the last night in Galway and finishing the culinary contest is no-nonsense medical professional Lisa Mulholland, who has terrible problems controlling her nerves in the kitchen.
First to host in County Limerick is radio presenter Nadia, whose starter contains a surprise, and whose margaritas terrify one of her guests.
Elvis fan Cyril hosts the second dinner party in County Limerick, and double-fries his food in tribute to the 'King'. But one of his guests is out to get him because of his comments.
Country-loving Kathleen hosts the third party in County Limerick. She's aiming for a laid-back vibe, but has a confession to make which may shock her guests.
Beautician and mum-of-three Jane is the fourth host in County Limerick, and at her party Cyril and Nadia bond in the bedroom.
It's the final dinner party in County Limerick, and host Graham has a total meltdown in the kitchen. Will his personalised gifts for the guests be enough to win him the prize?
The first of five dinner parties from Waterford is given by project manager Ronnie Moore, whose lack of cooking expertise and scant attention to detail make her a comediene in the kitchen
On night two in Waterford, it's the turn of supermarket produce manager Danny Kidney to play host, and he takes plenty of short cuts when it comes to his dinner party food preparation
Night three in Waterford sees queen of the suburbs Alexis O'Byrne determined to bring a bit of class and culture to her dinner party with a refined menu full of tried and tested recipes
On the penultimate night in Waterford it's the turn of cage-fighting enthusiast Gary Wallace to host, and his rustic, hearty menu should guarantee that everyone goes home feeling full up
It's the last night in Waterford and finishing the culinary contest is ultra-competitive Rose Jones, who hopes her 70s/80s disco-themed evening will help her to bag the cash prize