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The knives (and forks) are out as a group of strangers compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. And the £1000 on the table adds spice to the proceedings...

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The knives (and forks) are out as a group of strangers compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. And the £1000 on the table adds spice to the proceedings...

Series 21 Summary

More from the culinary competition in which strangers compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. On the menu: mouth-watering food and hilarious hosting.

  • Episode 1 - Manchester - Bessie

    First up in Manchester is brash and boisterous pub landlady Bessie Hilton, with a menu featuring instant custard, and a main course called Marmite chicken with cream.

  • Episode 2 - Manchester - Giovanni

    Second to host in Manchester is Giovanni, who aims to impress by serving some classic Italian food. But it's not long before he's rowing again with Bessie.

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    Episode 3 - Manchester - Jonathan

    Jonathan Lomas hopes to wow his guests with his Greek-inspired menu plus a bonding session in his garden hot tub, while Alicia hopes to take the heat off matters by playing the didgeridoo.

  • Episode 4 - Manchester - Alicia

    Alicia Coppola is serving grilled tiger prawns, Caribbean lamb, nutty chocolate brownies, and possibly the strongest rum cocktail ever made.

  • Episode 5 - Manchester - Dennis

    The last to host in Manchester is dandy film student Dennis Keighron-Foster, who plans a tricky duck and risotto main course and a performance from his glee club pals.

  • Episode 6 - Southend - Adam

    The first to host is estate agent Adam, who hopes his eclectic menu and some stylish sombreros will be a big hit.

  • Episode 7 - Southend - Andie

    In sunny Southend Andie's 70s-inspired menu starts badly with a chicken liver pate unanimously considered by her guests to be rather fowl. Can Andie claw herself back into contention?

  • Episode 8 - Southend - Colin

    Colin's main course is a retro toad in the hole, but his gravy goes lumpy, and he also uses ginger instead of garlic for his garlic baked prawns.

  • Episode 9 - Southend - Kerry

    Ex-copper Kerry Tolliday is going big on taste with her menu and is also laying on a psychic medium for the entertainment.

  • Episode 10 - Southend - Scott

    It's the final day and beefy butcher Scott plans a hearty meaty menu. But what happens when Andie decides to confront Scott about alleged sexist behaviour?

  • Episode 11 - South London - Robert

    First to host is fashion journalist Robert Johnston, who serves a starter of Stilton ice cream and tomato sorbet, slow roasted pork with chilli and fennel, and sephardic orange and almond cake.

  • Episode 12 - South London - Jennifer

    Trainee aqua-aerobics instructor Jennifer is keen to keep it real with a mountain of home-cooked Caribbean food and a demand that her guests just 'chillax'.

  • Episode 13 - South London - Joe

    Bricklayer Joe is next to host. But after insulting Karen on Monday night can Joe turn things around with his mystery Greek main course?

  • Episode 14 - South London - Karen

    Is Karen trying a little too hard with a whopping seven dishes including Chinese duck, French pate, Greek lamb, and American cheescake?

  • Episode 15 - South London - Majid

    It's the final day and the turn of laid-back host Majid Ravandi. But can Majid's breezy composure make up for a terrifyingly hot prawn starter and a dry main course?

  • Episode 16 - Hertfordshire - Amir

    First to host in Hertfordshire is Iranian born Amir Hezarah whose strategy is to be on his best behaviour for his night, before showing his real colours for the rest of the week. He's ultra confident of impressing his guests with an Iranian feast of lamb stew and rose water ice cream.

  • Episode 17 - Hertfordshire - Claire

    Neat freak Claire Diamond hopes to excite her guests with a starter of crispy chilli chicken, a main of roast rack of lamb with potato dauphinoise, and a huge dessert of panacotta, meringue and chocolate cheesecake, while trying to keep her house spotlessly clean.

    The guests all seem to appreciate her menu apart from Amir, who starts to show his true colours by having a hissy fit about the simplicity of the food.

    As the evening unfolds there is a shock discovery in the bathroom and a surprise with the starter.

  • Episode 18 - Hertfordshire - Charles

    Posh boy and wannabe pop star Charles Maximilian Winnington Leftwich hopes his elaborate menu and outdoor music performances will wow his guests and win him top marks.

    But it's not an easy ride for the young host who lives at home with his mum. The guests struggle with his starter, the rain threatens to spoil the BBQ, and a row develops about how much money Charles receives from his parents.

  • Episode 19 - Hertfordshire - Diane

    It's Diane Mitham's turn to host. And so far the week has been dominated by Amir and constant arguing, so Diane is determined to let her food do the talking and impress her guests with a simple menu of carrot and coriander soup, chicken lemon drizzle followed by witches deadly cream scoop.

    But the evening gets off to an interesting start when she introduces her beloved pet, an eight-year-old tarantula!

  • Episode 20 - Hertfordshire - Mel

    It's the final day of the competition in Hertfordshire and the turn of feisty hairdresser Mel Steel to demonstrate her culinary skills with a mix of French and Caribbean dishes.

    For once, it's not the food that has the guests rattled, but the request to arrive in fancy dress. Will Charles and Amir quit their sniping and call it a truce? And will Mel's dress code lose her points, or will her eclectic menu be the winning formula that bags her the cash prize?

  • Episode 21 - Sheffield - Robin

    First to host in Sheffield is flamboyant English gent Robin, whose menu includes freshly shot grouse. Shame that one of the guests is an animal rights activist.

  • Episode 22 - Sheffield - Rochelle

    Saucy beautician Rochelle Barrett hopes to spice things up with her Caribbean-themed meal. But a celebrity lookalike game causes tempers to boil over.

  • Episode 23 - Sheffield - Donna

    Vegan-activist Donna Thomas hopes to impress her guests with her Japanese-themed vegan meal. And Mark gets quite excited at the prospect of a deep fried ice-cream dessert.

  • Episode 24 - Sheffield - Mark

    Mark Feakins plans a flamboyant, highly theatrical sounding menu for his night. But will the food be as impressive as it sounds? And will his wine gag backfire?

  • Episode 25 - Sheffield - Sarah

    Sarah Roscoe is last to host and hopes to triumph with her gourmet Michelin-inspired menu.

    But her decision to cook veal for her main dish has not gone down well with Donna the vegan. And will Robin's wind-ups finally get to her?

  • Episode 26 - Stoke - Tracey

    First to host is self proclaimed princess Tracey Durrant. But will Tracey's attitude lose her precious points?

  • Episode 27 - Stoke - Claire

    Police officer Claire Crank hosts the second night in Stoke. But trouble flares when Tracey says she only likes the best beef and refuses to try Claire's meat.

  • Episode 28 - Stoke - Rob

    Lad-about-town Rob is sure he's in with a chance of winning, despite rarely cooking, and never having hosted a dinner party before.

  • Episode 29 - Stoke - Michelle

    Michelle Minter hopes her gourmet menu will impress her guests, but after last night's row everyone's treading on egg shells.

  • Episode 30 - Stoke - Matt

    Michelle thinks Matt's dinner party is fancy dress and arrives wearing a pineapple. But can she get an apology from Tracey?

  • Episode 31 - Birmingham - Denise

    Canal-boat stewardess Denise Hendon hopes a night of Moroccan-themed revelry will wow her guests on day one.

  • Episode 32 - Birmingham - Daniella

    Lady of leisure Daniella is pinning her hopes on an Italian menu and the wow factor of her Georgian country house.

  • Episode 33 - Birmingham - Angela

    Angela McFarlane's planning a fun-filled evening complete with a limbo competition. Over the starter Elliot and Denise confront Angela about the strange things they found in her bedroom drawers, and it's not long before Angela's behaviour returns to form with some saucy talk.

  • Episode 34 - Birmingham - Elliot

    Despite a lack of dinner party experience electrician Elliot is planning a top-class menu featuring not one, but two desserts.

    He has even booked a local band to serenade his guests. But Elliot's night proves more difficult than he had hoped

  • Episode 35 - Birmingham - Jean-Benoit

    Last to host in Birmingham is devilishly good-looking French foodie Jean-Benoit, who plans a fabulous four-course menu.

    But can Jean-Benoit find a way of overcoming Denise's fussy eating habits and her tendency towards toilet talk?

  • Episode 36 - Bristol - Richard

    First to host in Bristol is all-singing, all-dancing theatre darling Richard Hope-Hawkins, whose eclectic menu includes a Rod Steiger gunge cake.

  • Episode 37 - Bristol - Laura

    Super-organised primary school teacher Laura Ford is leaving nothing to chance with the planning for her dinner party, featuring a starter of prawn, chorizo and butternut squash salad, a Balinese curry, and a trio of lemon and raspberry based desserts.

  • Episode 38 - Bristol - Darryl

    Food critic Darryl Bullock's evening takes a nose dive when two of the guests stumble across a rather unpleasant surprise left by his cat.

  • Episode 39 - Bristol - Zoe

    Zoe Kellaway tries to add a bit of sparkle to the competition in Bristol with her Pretty in Pink themed dinner party, including a butler wearing pink hot pants serving cocktails.

  • Episode 40 - Bristol - Andy

    It's the turn of the highly competitive Andy Wright, who hopes his black-tie party theme in his palatial Victorian flat will bag him the cash. Andy has lined up a glamorous night of champagne, caviar and canapés, but chaos soon descends when he burns the nut roast.

  • Episode 41 - Edinburgh - Andy

    The first host in Edinburgh is 28-year-old Andy Daykin who plans a night of haggis, bagpipes and whisky.

  • Episode 42 - Edinburgh - Irena

    Polish-born catering supervisor Irena is planning a night of traditional Polish food and entertainment. Sadly the guests aren't thrilled with the prospect of eating cabbage.

  • Episode 43 - Edinburgh - Liz

    Self-confessed cougar Liz Grant hosts in Edinburgh. Having flirted with Andy for the last two nights, 'Luscious Liz' is determined to pounce tonight.

  • Episode 44 - Edinburgh - Michelle

    It's day four and rock chick Michelle Lindsay plans to wow her guests with a bizarre array of dishes and some explosive entertainment.

  • Episode 45 - Edinburgh - Toni

    It is the final night in Edinburgh and Italian-born food snob Toni is about to launch his specially created Scottish/Italian menu upon his guests.

  • Episode 46 - Doncaster - Zoe

    First to host is glamorous insurance worker Zoe Prince, who's cooking an Italian-themed menu, despite not being Italian and never having been to Italy.

    But that might not be too much of a problem as the other guests don't seem to know their saltimbocca from their vermicelli. With a tip-top menu prepared, Zoe soon learns she's got a lot more on her plate to deal with than just the food, as her guests are a right bunch.

    The boys seem more interested in finding out whether Zoe's a model or pole-dancer, rather than a good cook. And things go from flirty to frosty when chip shop manager Martyn Bilby attempts to hold the hand of fellow guest Latvian ice queen Signe Jase.

    Fusspot Tracey Hewer, who works in trading standards, is on edge as soon as she hears Tito the cat meowing upstairs. And don't even get her started on her high food-presentation standards. Will Zoe be able to get her guests to put their differences aside and stop looking at her grubby cutlery for long enough to give her a credible score?

  • Episode 47 - Doncaster - Martyn

    It's chip shop manager Martyn Bilby's turn to host, and he's pulling out all the stops with his signature dish 'Swan Lake': a chocolate éclair swan on a blue jelly lake.

    After a fractious first night at Zoe's, Martyn asks his guests to dress formally. But any chance of impressing them goes out the window when Zoe and Signe spot photos of him greased up and posing for a 'Mr Doncaster' body-building competition. And things go from bad to worse when Signe gets what looks suspiciously like a hair in her hot king prawn surprise.

    Martyn might talk a good game, but that just gives him further to fall as far as fussy Tracey is concerned. Can she hide her utter contempt or will it be plain for all to see?

  • Episode 48 - Doncaster - Tracey

    Tracey Hewer is a queen of desserts and she's sure she can win over her guests with a barrage of cup cakes - for starter, main course and, obviously, for dessert.

    The guests might also be going home with a dozen carefully packaged cupcakes all of their own. But by the end of the night frozen peas might be of more use after Zoe threatens to wallop Martyn if he doesn't hold his tongue. And Signe is less than flattering about Tracey's cooking.

  • Episode 49 - Doncaster - Signe

    It's Latvian lecturer Signe Jase's turn to host, and she's decided to offer an adventurous menu of Latvian delicacies such as herring salad and salted salmon.

    Signe's main is wild boar. It's all too much for Tracey, who refuses to try much of the food, leading to a showdown with Martyn who thinks she's being rude.

    Can Signe calm fraying tempers and come out on top?

  • Episode 50 - Doncaster - Barry

    The final night, and it's amusement arcade supplier Barry Hill's turn to host; he's hoping to impress with a magician, a celebrity butler and even a dip in his pool.

    Barry shows off his cooking skills by channelling the spirit of Keith Floyd - mixing, frying and flambéing while swigging straight from the bottle. But it's not as easy as it looks on the telly.

Come Dine with Me synopsis

The knives (and forks) are out as a group of strangers compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. And the £1000 on the table adds spice to the proceedings...

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