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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 26 Summary

A brand new series of the ever-popular competitive dining show.

  • Episode 1 - Watford - All in One

    A week of competitive dining In Watford includes sumo wrestling, some very controversial opinions, a dash of DayGlo, a house full of dead animals, and some lettuce soup.

    Taking part is bubbly stay-at-home mum Mandy Godman, the highly opinionated Danny Walsh, soft-hearted nursery nurse, Claire Scotchett, who likes all things gothic, and Perrie Dixon, a man whose taste in clothes is pure designer, and whose taste in home decor is kooky.

  • Episode 2 - Stockport - All in One

    In Stockport, four diners take part in a week of competitive dining featuring some surprising revelations, a few bombshells, an evening of mystery, and quite a bit of chaos.

    Taking part are bank clerk Alastair Lomas, student Amy Green, recruitment consultant Gillian Twist, and the mysterious man from Maryland, mechanic Samuel Norrin.

  • Episode 3 - Cardiff - All in One

    Four weird and wonderful nights in Cardiff, featuring a two-pronged tongue, supper in a tattoo parlour, grace before dinner, and line dancing.

    Battling it out are Martine Dorey, gospel singer Carmen Gilfin, metal-mouthed tattoo artist Chris Jones, and ditsy stay-a- home mum Monica Utting.

  • Episode 4 - East Sussex - All in One

    This week of competitive dining includes lemon curd souffle, a stray dog-hair in the dinner, a strange tale concerning a trip to the dentist, and an Alice in Wonderland menu.

    Going head to head for the prize are food lover Dizz Byrom-Colburn, businessman John Hammond, attention-seeking Daniel Gray, and mad-as-a-hatter Tracey Waters.

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    Episode 5 - Basildon - All in One

    Four cooks in Basildon go head-to-head in a week of competitive dining featuring turkey twizzlers, spotted dick and quite a lot of conflict.

    Taking part are advertising sales exec Antonia Price, self-confessed loud-mouth and hairdresser Vicky Hilton, gym-fanatic web developer Ryan Brown, and career coach and local councillor Andy Baggott.

  • Episode 6 - Wolverhampton - All in One

    A week of competitive dining in the Black Country, featuring some raw chicken, a few hidden agendas, and a dramatic final twist to proceedings.

    Going head to head for the £1000 prize are traditionalist Deborah Green, tattoo-lover Kat Whyton, community worker Nick Bassett and Italian Francesco Ceccarelli.

  • Episode 7 - Essex - All in One

    Posh student Hannah Charrington kicks things off with a traditional country house menu. Hard-to-please management consultant Veronica Alexander finds fault with everything, especially fellow guest and self-proclaimed 'one man entertainment system' Bex Carter. Bex hopes to smooth things over with an extravagant fancy dress evening, Veronica serves up an Italian feast, and DJ and comedian Frank O'Hare gives everyone his interpretation of a TV dinner - provoking some very strong reactions.

  • Episode 8 - Preston - All in One

    Four amateur cooks from Preston fight it out in a week featuring pudding in pyjamas in bed, a controversial stuffed fox, and a swinging 60s night with a guest appearance from The Beatles.

    Doing battle are customer services co-ordinator Janet McCabe, nursery manager Rick Monk, office manager Sue Braithwaite, and theatre and film director Graham Easterlow.

  • Episode 9 - Stoke - All in One

    In Stoke four cooks battle it out in a week of dining featuring lobby and pikelets, some very smutty conversation, a bit of mud-slinging, a Lady, and a bit of a peasants revolt.

    Taking part are school teacher and singleton Margaret Fanion, self-confessed super cook Josef Bailey, business development manager Nick Hall, and the awfully nice Lady Polly Ingestre.

  • Episode 10 - Birmingham - All in One

    A back-to-front menu, some bad jokes and wind-ups, a bold choice of duck, and some celebrity friends... are just a few of the highlights in Birmingham.

    Taking part is events and hospitality manager Daz Blackwood, outgoing sales executive Hannah Kirkland, newspaper boss Darren Tyler and welfare trainer Stuart Rose.

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    Episode 11 - Folkestone and Dover - All in One

    Four cooks from Folkestone and Dover engage in a week of competitive dining. Taking part are eccentric 70-year-old Janet Cripps, self-confessed witch Lisa Mansfield, parish priest Andy Bawtree and businessman John George.

    Between them the quartet of hopeful hosts come up with a 50s night, some saucy talk and physical exchanges over dessert, a Downton Abbey dress code, an Abba tribute band, and a cowboy song.

  • Episode 12 - Aberdeen - All in One

    Nicky, Tony, Chris and Angie are the contestants working their special brand of kitchen magic in Aberdeen.

    Marketing manager Nicky kicks things off with a lavish medieval banquet, complete with wandering minstrel, knight in shining armour, and roast suckling pig. But the rustic bread gets the better of Angie's dental work.

    Stand-up comedian Tony takes the second turn and hopes a combination of home cooking and sparkling one-liners will impress his guests. But cheeky oil engineer Chris wins the most laughs from the girls, and no one can help noticing Angie's plunging neckline. Third host Chris starts his oil rig-themed evening with a starter and a side of 'show-me-your-rude-tattoo'. And finally, aspiring children's author Angie hopes to end the week on a high note with her evening of flower power.

  • Episode 13 - Great Yarmouth - All in One

    Come Dine with Me goes to the seaside, as four cooks in Great Yarmouth take turns to try and win the prize.

    Hairdresser Sarah Aldous is the first of the group to hear trainee barrister JP's extremely critical opinion. He calls her food abysmal.

    Later in the week JP sends a plate back when it is mum Kizzy Benjafield's turn to host.

    IT teacher Aisha isn't much of a fan of JP's brashness, and so as the last to host, the pressure is on for JP's posh nosh to live up to his high standards.

  • Episode 14 - Crawley - All in One

    In Crawley, madcap primary school teacher Chris McGivern and wind-up merchant Bruce Burgess take an immediate dislike to each other that escalates as the competition progresses.

    Trying to rise above the boys' bickering and make an impression with their culinary and hosting skills are chatterbox care worker Kerry Gates and people-hating vegetarian and sign-language interpreter Carly Buckle.

    With food fights, fancy dress and the inappropriate use of a lie detector, this could be one of the messiest episodes yet.

  • Episode 15 - Hartlepool - All in One

    Competing in Hartlepool are former 18-30s holiday rep Dotty Page, financial adviser Gavin, beautician Becki Cooper and student Alex Jackson.

    Lovely in person but scathing in private, Gavin is quick to charm his rivals, but when Dotty pushes him to the limit, he soon forgets to play nice.

    Will final host Alex be able to keep the peace? And how will he cope with any angry outbursts from Gavin?

  • Episode 16 - Chichester - All In One

    Taking on the Come Dine challenge in Chichester is football fan Darren Morrison, ex-navy officer Stefan Gershater, housewife Henrietta Edwards and posh traveller Jemima Thomas.

    It's a week of romance, fussy foodies and male rivalry - but who will scoop the £1000 prize?

  • Episode 17 - Jubilee Special - All in One

    Four monarchy-mad celebrities host a Jubilee-themed dinner party.

    Take part are EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison, Kerry Katona, Give Us a Clue host Lionel Blair, and her majesty's favourite ventriloquist Keith Harris.

  • Episode 18 - Windsor - All in One

    Four cooks go to war in Windsor in a week of dining featuring some raucous banter, a duck on fire and a prawn and asparagus salad... with no asparagus!

    Taking part is hairdresser Leanne Strachan, dizzy property manager Jill Rendell, saucy lighting designer Daphne Diluce, and fun and flirty flooring specialist Chaz Fearnley.

  • Episode 19 - Warwickshire - All in One

    Slow-cooked sweet and sour mackerel and mango with vanilla are just some of the things on the menu as four cooks in Warwickshire battle for the prize.

    Taking part are former Miss Rugby Jade Hollis, film and TV extra Susan Gillis, recruitment boss Lee Bunting and academic Dr Alan James.

  • Episode 20 - Peterborough - All in One

    Four cooks in Peterborough compete for the prize in a week featuring some heavy flirting, a few fights, and some incident-packed dining.

    Taking part are PA Claire Mazurek, managing director Nimon Davey, flirty hairdresser Kristian Beckham and Karen Hingston.

  • Episode 21 - West Yorkshire - All in One

    With a week of surprises that include wetsuits, Willy Wonka outfits and a rave in a shed, Julian, Henry, Jilly and Rachel battle it out for the culinary prize.

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    Episode 22 - Milton Keynes - All in One

    Some hearty grub, glitzy fun, offbeat gags and squirrel for a starter... are just some of the things on show in a week of competitive dining in Milton Keynes.

    Taking part is competitive sportswoman Lauren, am-dram enthusiast Ben, racing car driver John, and single party-girl Julia.

  • Episode 23 - All in One - Sport

    Olympic athletes Tasha Danvers, Mark Foster, Derek Redmond and Louise Hazel go head to head for charity. Who will take gold?

    Tasha dresses in a costume that leaves little to the imagination for her Jamaican carnival night.

    Mark's night features tales of sporting challenges and a dinner party game that brings out the competitive streak in Louise and Derek.

    Louise's night includes a mystifying psychic reading and quite a bit of nit picking from Derek. Will he come to regret this when it's his turn to host?

  • Episode 24 - Surrey - All in One

    Four cooks do battle in leafy Surrey, in a week featuring a Best of British menu, but also the worst of British snobbery.

    But are the group's divisions really due to class differences, or something more surprising?

  • Episode 25 - Celebrity Horror Special

    A seriously spooky celebrity horror special with zombies, vampires, ghosts, actor Robert Englund, better known as Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddie Krueger, model Nicola McLean, psychic Sally Morgan and cross-dressing cage fighter Alex Reid.

    On the menu is a week of shocks, schlocks and some heated discussions inspired by the trials and tribulations of Alex's complicated private life.

  • Episode 26 - Alicante - All in One

    Come Dine with Me goes a bit Spanish with four hosts cooking up a feast on the Costa Blanca.

    Taking part are hairdresser Dale Francis, Bono tribute performer Rob Bloomer, eccentric sun-seeking retiree Rosalind Eastland and 63-year-old party girl Carol Perkins.

    The week features a swimwear party, a Spanish menu that the guests don't understand, some raw lamb, a U2-inspired menu, bulls' testicles, and a fly in the paella.

  • Episode 31 - Enfield - All in One

    In Enfield, north London, four dinner party hosts battle it out for the prize: Burlesque starlet Charlie Hunt, Cypriot Maria Theodorou, entrepreneur Wesley Singh and Habiba Hrida.

    While Charlie dazzles with her food and some rather racy entertainment, Habiba doesn't think nudity has a place at a dinner party. Instead Habiba hosts a night of impromptu 'rockabilly poetry'...

    As the eventful week progresses, Habiba and Charlie find themselves vying to be the centre of attention. But will either of them win the cash prize?

  • Episode 32 - Kingston upon Thames - All in One

    Beautician Lisa Hughes takes on Australian mum-of-two Carly Baker, cool and confident Philip Gwott, and laconic barrister Simon Levene. The week of competitive dining features some uncomfortable comments, some entertainment that gets a little bit physical, and a hard-to-swallow dessert.

  • Episode 33 - North Cornwall - All in One

    In North Cornwall, the exuberant first host is bouncer Danielle Stephens, who makes an immediate impression on the first of her guests, shy and retiring lawyer Liz Ashton.

    The line-up is completed by committed family man and surfer Tiva Dakar, and lady-loving Sam Bishop. Despite being very different, the two men eventually hit it off, but not before Sam tries to show Tiva some rather racy pictures of his nightly exploits out on the town!

    As the week progresses, Liz is determined not to allow her female rival to dominate the evenings and cooks up a number of ways to make her voice heard. Meanwhile, Sam makes it clear that Liz is definitely his kind of woman, even though she's in a relationship.

  • Episode 34 - Come Dine with Me

    In this special episode four Paralympians past and present fight it out for podium glory and a £1000 charity prize.

    The line-up is: Giles Long, retired swimmer and now Channel 4 presenter for the games; Ann Wild, uber-competitive ex-wheelchair basketball captain and now member of the British shooting team; nine-times Paralympic games gold medalist, dressage rider Lee Pearson; and Rachael Latham, retired Paralympic swimmer and current Channel 4 presenter for the Games.

    Over the course of the week there's a 'wear your worst tracksuit' evening, a Mexican night, plenty of banter and the suspicion that one of the hosts isn't doing much of the cooking. But who will take the gold medal and win £1000 for their charity?

  • Episode 35 - Come Dine with Me - Made in Chelsea Special

    Four stars of Made in Chelsea - Mark Francis Vandelli, Spencer Matthews, Binky Felstead and Caggie Dunlop - battle for a £1000 charity prize as they each try to host the perfect dinner party and score each other in secret.

    Mark kicks off the week cooking in style at his Chelsea home, with the aid of his live-in housekeeper Gianna, and his guests arrive glammed up for a 1920s-style evening.

    Day 2 sees Caggie hopelessly unprepared, but help arrives in the form of fellow Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who does most of the cooking for Caggie's 1980s-themed night.

    Day 3 and Binky retreats to the family's countryside cottage in Sussex to host, with a lot of help from mummy.

    Rounding off the week is Spencer, who employs professional chef Sophie Wright to prepare a typical East End menu for his 'East Meets West' night.

    So who has impressed the most and who will win £1000 for their charity?

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    Episode 36 - Come Dine with Me

    The first half of a two-part special as four Paralympians past and present fight it out in the cooking competition.

    The line-up is: Giles Long, retired swimmer and now Channel 4 presenter for the games; Ann Wild, uber-competitive ex-wheelchair basketball captain and now member of the British shooting team; nine-times Paralympic games gold medalist, dressage rider Lee Pearson; and Rachael Latham, retired Paralympic swimmer and current Channel 4 presenter for the Games.

    The week kicks off with a 'wear your worst tracksuit' evening hosted by Giles, where the dress code ignites a battle of banter between the boys. On day two Ann aims for a more cerebral affair, but the sophistication ends when the dynamite dessert leaves Rachael hungover before she's even left the table...

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    Episode 37 - Come Dine with Me

    Part two of the special edition featuring Paralympic champions.

    On Lee Pearson's night he's confronted about how much of the cooking has actually been done by his 'assistant' Jo, and the party involves seven surprise guests, a knighting and a dessert that looks like horse poo.

    On the final evening Rachael Latham opts for a Mexican theme, and a lively night ends with a bang as all the Paralympians smash a pinata to smithereens. But who will take the gold medal and win £1000 for their charity?

  • Episode 38 - Benidorm - All in One

    On Spain's Costa Blanca four ex-pats show off their culinary skills in a week of competitive dining that features banter, blunt speaking, weird photos, and food without any cooking involved.

    Taking part are travel journalist Irena Bodnarec, no-nonsense banker Nick Middleton, clairvoyant and alternative thinker Hilary Marshall, and fun loving drag queen Gary Brown.

  • Episode 40 - All in One - Jersey

    Come Dine with Me visits the island of Jersey for the very first time. Hoping to avoid any kitchen calamities are local radio dj Kevin Pamplin, no-nonsense food aficionado Jane-Anne Collier, finance manager Craig Dempster, and dinner party novice Jessica Stanier.

    The week of competitive dining features some ruined food, shameless self promotion, raucous fun, and some truth telling round the table.

  • Episode 41 - All in One - Swansea

    First to try his hand at winning in Swansea is 36-year-old theatre bod Dean Verbeck. Dean's Hollywood-themed evening dazzles his guests, none more so than super-glamorous Yvonne Davies Swansea's answer to Joan Collins.

    Yvonne loves champagne almost as much as she loves her little pooch Misha. But she's less keen on 50-year-old Bronwen Ward, who believes she's the most glamorous woman in Swansea... and hates pets.

    Yvonne opts for a Dallas/Dynasty themed evening that final contestant, recruitment consultant Mike Bates, embraces, but not as much as his own wrestling-themed night later in the week.

  • Episode 42 - South East London - All in One

    Politically incorrect Reg - 'meat and two veg' - Gaston cooks off against English teacher Hannah Elliot, musician George Chambers and legal eagle Sarah Maguire.

    The week of controversial dining involves some heated discussions, surprising revelations, an accident in the kitchen, a poem called 'Satan' and some experimental music that one diner mistakes for an asthma attack.

  • Episode 43 - The Wirral - All in One

    In Liverpool's posh cousin, budding entrepreneur Stephen Wong takes on saucy book-lover Jennifer McLoughlan, energy assessor Steve Rampton and boutique owner Cher Arnott.

    The week features a glamorous scouse girl-band, a ghost hunt, some grubby glasses, a sexy theme, and a reverse crab down a wall.

  • Episode 44 - Come Dine With Me Christmas Special

    In this Christmas episode, Come Dine with Me goes music-crazy with a festive jukebox special, with four celebrities bidding to win £1000 for charity.

    Taking part is Jona Lewie, whose Christmas hit Stop the Cavalry still has people singing 'dabadabadum' 30 years on. He's joined by Maizie Williams from 70s pop phenomenon Boney M, who had a festive number one with Mary's Boy Child.

    The two music veterans are joined by alternative musician VV Brown, and DJ Toby Anstis. The Christmas culinary celebrations see the guests dress up as aliens and space girls and donkeys.

  • Episode 45 - Derby

    The hosts in Derby are talkative housewife Tori Yerbury, Canadian drama teacher Allison Hunt, babyfaced Tom Flannery, and prankster Jeff Foster - who loves to push people's buttons with juvenile jokes.

    The week features non-stop chatter, some over-the-top mothering, and Jeff with a pair of shorts on his head. But who is the real Jeff? Who is the biggest talker? And can Tom prove wiser than his boyish looks would suggest?

  • Episode 46 - Wrexham

    The hosts in Wrexham are financial advisor Joey Perez, the zumba-loving Jacki De Sanders, sci-fi fan Tom Evans, and hotel inspector Lisa Groom. The week features quite a bit of havoc, some boisterous play-acting, and the unfortunate situation where one guest thinks they're the life and soul of every party, but actually winds up every other member of the group.

  • Episode 47 - East Coast of Yorkshire - All in One

    Beautician Amanda Bradley takes on author and businessman Heath Samples, accident-prone Fran Atkin and technician Phil Laycock.

    The week features some deliberate overspicing of a guest's starter, an argument about Princess Diana and some post-dinner hair removal.

  • Episode 48 - Lake District - All in One

    Battling it out in the picturesque Lake District are 30-year-old fitness fanatic Lindsey Berry, joker and salesman Marc McAdam, hairdresser Julie Wall and Michael Webster, former butler to the Queen.

    Julie's night features a strawberry soup and sausage surprise. Michael hosts a night where the dress theme is come as your favourite royal. But it doesn't go to plan when Julie turns up dressed as Freddie Mercury, and Marc as a corgi.

    The rest of the week features a pub-themed dinner party that goes down rather well, and one inspired by Lady Gaga.

  • Episode 49 - Barnsley - All in One

    Elaine Ashton starts the competition off with an American-themed evening. Sam West is second to host, serving some unusual delicacies such as ostrich eggs, pigs' ears and stuffed animals.

    Local councillor and market trader Wayne Johnson finds his evening ambushed by baiting from Sam.

    The final night, hosted by Cindy Broadbent, features a wild west-themed evening, and a wild end to the night too, with someone left in tears.

  • Episode 50 - Edinburgh - All in One

    Opinionated lady of leisure Sandie McConnell faces off against fashion and events student Gary Anderson, adult leisure specialist Vimbai Marongwe, and nice guy GP Kevin Fernando.

    The week of culinary competition features an 'around-the-world' menu, a 'sweetie, darling' evening, a stab at some Heston Blumenthal-style magic and entertainment that reduces one of the contestants to tears.

  • Episode 51 - Bristol - All in One

    American Keith Weinberg goes up against three locals in a week of dining that includes some 'gert lush' and a revealing outfit.

    Also taking part is fun-loving Rachel Flowers, extrovert Andy Holbert and legal trainee Jen Elphick.

  • Episode 53 - Come Dine with Me Mash Up

    Made in Chelsea stars Caggie, Binky, Spencer and Mark-Francis take turns to host a special edition of the culinary competition. Without the benefit of caterers, event organisers and hired help, who will cook up a storm?

  • Episode 54 - Come Dine with Me Mash Up

    Made in Chelsea stars Caggie, Binky, Spencer and Mark-Francis take turns to host a special edition of Come Dine with Me.

  • Episode 55 - Come Dine with Me Mash Up

    Made in Chelsea stars Caggie, Binky, Spencer and Mark-Francis take turns to host a special edition of Come Dine with Me.

  • Episode 56 - Come Dine with Me Mash Up

    Made in Chelsea stars Caggie, Binky, Spencer and Mark-Francis take turns to host a special edition of the culinary competition. Without the benefit of caterers, event organisers and hired help, who will cook up a storm?

  • Episode 63 - Peterborough

    In Peterborough, Claire's night is packed with incident, Nimon isn't keen on Kristian's flirting, and Karen just wants to have a laugh

  • Episode 64 - Surrey - All in One

    In Surrey, there are divisions between estate agent James, pensioner Cherry Hughes, tattoo artist Lee Jackson and project manager Sandhya Gadsby. But is it a class divide or a surprise?

  • Episode 65 - Benidorm - All in One

    A shorter version of a classic episode where four ex-pats in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca in Spain show off their culinary prowess. Taking part are travel journalist Irena Bodnarec, no-nonsense banker Nick Middleton, clairvoyant and alternative thinker Hilary Marshall, and fun loving drag queen Gary Brown, in a week of competitive dining that features banter, blunt speaking, weird photos, and food without any cooking involved.

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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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