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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 29 Summary

More from the culinary competition in which strangers compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host.

  • Come Dine with Me

    Episode 1 - North Kent Coast - All in One

    Life coach Ross Duttson kicks off the week hoping to impress with his minimum effort food.

    Second up is doll-maker and folk singer Elizabeth Lee, who promises a night 'with a touch of the obscure', in which she reveals her multiple personalities and debuts her latest character - tarot card reader 'Lady Christophene'.

    Nursery teacher Claire Baker hosts a night of glitz and glam.

    The final host is John Russell, who, having quizzed the other guests on their cooking and ingredients all week, has a lot to live up to if he's to bag the prize.

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    Episode 2 - Chesterfield - All in One

    The four hosts are learning mentor Clare Gaunt, salon owner Carly McGregor, long distance lorry driver Robinson Reid, who swears that burgers and chips are not the only food in his culinary repertoire, and caravan enthusiast Richard Hollingsworth, who just wants a calm, enjoyable night.

    Sadly, things get rather out of control at Richard's dinner party, and he is forced to take drastic action and ask one of the guests to leave.

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    Episode 3 - Chippenham

    In Chippenham, the first to host is part-time practical joker and full-time RAF engineer, Corporal Keith McEvoy. Even though Keith likes a prank or two, he finally meets his match in second contestant, gym owner Mark Lamputt, who has a few practical jokes of his own to unleash on his unsuspecting host.

    Meanwhile, single-and-ready-to-mingle florist Fleur van Heijningen is on the prowl for a man and is hoping for a winning night as well as some romance.

    And someone who's never had a problem on the dating front is final competitor Finnish musician Terhi Ikonen, who reveals some unconventional information about her love life. But that's not the only shock she has planned; the unsuspecting guests are subjected to a musical performance that leaves some of them unmoved.

    With four diners all out to bag the grand, will romance blossom or will the joker of the pack walk away with the £1000?

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    Episode 4 - Kings Lynn - All in One

    Body builder Daniel Coleman takes on London snob Maggie Flowerdew, Norfolk local Richard Moore and outspoken Amber Woolmington. The week includes some catastrophically bad food, rising tensions and wind-ups and bust-ups a plenty.

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    Episode 5 - Middlesbrough - All in One

    Beautician Fay Khatri serves up an East African menu to start the week. Also taking part are Peter Watkins, who refers to himself as the 'Simon Cowell of the culinary world' and is not shy of speaking his mind.

    Then there's Kelsey Brown, who tries to encourage her guests to perfect their catwalk pouts. And party boy Dan Senior, who also likes to call himself the 'Bantersaurus Rex'.

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    Episode 6 - Worcester - All in One

    Barber Terri Malone starts the week with a rock-themed menu. But will she be living on a prayer or on a highway to hell?

    Cocky company director Sean Tate serves an impressive but easy menu.

    Ex-dancer Josie Watson throws a glam night.

    And, last to host, Lee Clarke's charm offensive leaves Terri unimpressed.

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    Episode 7 - Kensington And Chelsea - All in One

    The competitors in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are posh estate agent Nick Le Ny-Clarke, outspoken Nana Eshun, eccentric Robbie Humphries and air hostess Louise Childs.

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    Episode 8 - Tunbridge Wells - All in One

    Yummy mummy Sharon Pickles starts the week by going back in time with a 70s-inspired menu. Local 'celeb' Adam Sankey puts his reputation on the line with his seafood. Artist Nadia Carney goes all out for presentation on her Moroccan evening. And estate agent Bill Le Grys takes on three demanding courses when it's his turn to host.

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    Episode 9 - Burnley - All in One

    The uber-competitive Jane Dickinson takes on 'in-it-to-win-it' Mark Dempsey, wedding DJ Kev Riley and cable TV presenter Sally Jaxx, in a week of competitive dining featuring a bout of exuberant self-praise, a chicken newbie and a welcoming dog in a stripy jumper.

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    Episode 10 - Banbury - All in One

    Competing for the cash prize are debt advisor Tom Franklin, posh landscape architect Richard Hodgetts, housing officer Emma Daisley and recruitment manager Sarah Dix, who is single and on the lookout for Mr Right - meaning the week features quite a bit of flirtatious fun.

    But when Richard asks if Tom's pea and mint soup is minty enough, he finds himself branded 'Pickie Dickie'. Nevertheless, everyone gives Emma's black pudding fritters the thumbs up.

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    Episode 11 - Surrey - All in One

    American interior designer Carol Chalmers impresses her guests with her food and her presentation, and her night is made all the more memorable by doctor Anna Brocklebank, whose eccentric personality has the group in stitches of laughter.

    Competitive nail technician Michelle Catacos pulls out all the stops as she tries to better Carol's night with a Greek banquet. But a second consecutive night of good food leaves businessman Robin Lewis, the only man in the group, feeling the pressure.

    He tries to deflect attention from Michelle's night by asking the group what he needs to do to impress them, which doesn't go down well with Michelle, who refuses to give him any tips.

    On Robin's evening, Michelle questions every dish of his menu, with interesting results.

    Bon viveur Anna rounds off the week, regaling her guests with stories of the 'Death Room' upstairs and her links with the aristocracy. But will Anna's food live up to her fascinating table talk?

    Only the best will be enough in a week of top-quality cooking...

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    Episode 12 - Cumbria - All in One

    This episode comes from Cumbria, and features a proud nanny, some relentless ribbing, some Turkish food, some Hungarian food, and a host whose healthy-eating ways prove controversial.

    Taking part are Nina Raistrick, Jonathan Higgins, Zoltan Buncsek and personal trainer Karen Rathbone.

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    Episode 13 - Leeds - All in One

    Come Dine With Me comes to Leeds, where research fellow Jamie Stark, MP's wife Susan Shelbrooke, student of philosophy Kara Colgrave and supply chain analyst Jemma Pendlebury battle it out for £1000.

    First host Jamie sets out to impress his guests with his warm and hearty supper, but the highbrow chat about metaphysics and molecular cooking hardly excite a rather bored Jemma. Day two arrives and Susan is planning to reveal her marriage to a Conservative MP, but is worried how the others might react. Day three sees Kara produce a meal inspired by molecular cooking - could it be an experiment too far? After struggling to engage with the others all week, it falls on to Jemma to show the others how it's done with a British-inspired menu.

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    Episode 14 - Taunton, Somerset - All in One

    Three country lovers, Dave Hallam, Kaaren Kitching and Louise Naum, take on Essex boy Matt Potter in Taunton, Somerset.

    The week starts with Dave Hallam, who shocks his guests by donning a leotard before serving African-themed dishes.

    Air-hostess Kaaren Kitching is keen to extol the virtues of good honest country cuisine on night two, but her hosting leaves a lot to be desired.

    Louise Naum is determined that her Czech-inspired food will up the culinary ante, but she also has her work cut out trying to loosen up the rather straightlaced Kaaren.

    And will Essex-born estate agent Matt Potter's cockiness prove his undoing?

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    Episode 15 - North Norfolk - All in One

    This week the culinary competition comes from the north Norfolk coast, where two men with very high standards are confronted with two women who take a more casual approach to hygiene.

    Overshadowing every night is the discovery of hairs in the food, beginning with publishing manager James Holder's. Country sports enthusiast James hopes his freshly shot game will be a hit, but Labour party activist Denise Burke doesn't know what to make of it all, especially when the host produces a gun.

    Completing the line-up are undertaker Helen Wickes and picture framer Dave Parks.

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    Episode 16 - Stamford - All in One

    Come Dine with Me begins in Stamford, Lincolnshire, where the first host is retired aerobics instructor Sue Quinn. Arriving at her door is snobby publican Michael Birt, florist Sophie Cullumbine and foodie Adam Baxter.

    Sue kicks off the week with a riotous night that sees her immediately clicking with Sophie. Adam thinks he knows why, observing that the pair are the young and old version of effectively the same person - and what's more, he and Michael can't get a word in edgeways. Michael attempts to bring a touch of class to proceedings on his night, with upmarket food and conversation. Sophie, however, has other ideas and is equally as outrageous as on the first night; even Sue despairs of her.

    When it's Sophie's turn, she realises she needs to reign herself in and be the hostess with the mostess. The boys warm to her over the course of the evening, but after offering up a surprising and unique squirrel dish, the food misfires spectacularly. On the final night, foodie Adam is supremely confident, but a kitchen clanger and a dodgy stomach means it could be an uphill struggle for him to walk away with the £1000.

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    Episode 17 - Staffordshire - All in One

    Come Dine with Me comes to Staffordshire, where professional opera singer Charlotte Pearson kicks off the week.

    Project manager Carl Longson is immediately on the wind-up as his chauvinistic tendencies leave the group flabbergasted, especially fabric artist Ingrid Wagner. On the second evening, Ingrid's flamboyant style is matched by her 'food of the world' menu; alas, it's dust that leaves an unwanted and lasting impression on guests. Super confident Richard Turnbull is out to impress, but come his night, the car salesman has his work cut out with an over-ambitious menu.

    That said, Richard's food is somewhat overshadowed by Carl's behaviour as he goes a step too far with Charlotte; she takes umbrage at his views on the former Miss Stafford's modelling days. After a week of pushing people's buttons, it's Carl himself who feels he might have scuppered his chances. He's worried no one will turn up! Fortunately, they do, but he still has a job on his hands trying to prove he deserves his place in the kitchen.

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    Episode 18 - North Hertfordshire - All in One

    In a week featuring plenty of sauce, a charm offensive and quite a lot of boasting, flirty mum-of-two Jenny Thorn cooks off against gentleman farmer Matt Titmuss, community artist Gordana Bjelic-Rados and Latin lothario Marco Panico.

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    Episode 19 - Hackney, London - All in One

    Jazz, fashion, lobster and Thai food all feature in the London borough of Hackney as teacher Jason Riley, fashion designer Purple Qie Qin, actor Leon Herbert and sales director Jody Pawson compete to be the best host.

    Straight-talking language teacher Jason Riley starts the week followed by fashion designer Purple Qie Qinay on Day 2 hoping her authentic Chinese cuisine will wow her guests.

    Actor Leon Herbert is the third host and banks on his expensive lobster dish and a jazz band for entertainment to put a smile on everyone's face.

    Sales director Jody Pawson is last to host and worries that his traditional Thai starter smells of urine.

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    Episode 20 - Guernsey - All in One

    Come Dine with Me sets sail for Guernsey.

    Island FM radio boss, Mike Huston, kick-starts the week with an evening of 'spice and taste'. Used to being the man in charge, he's less than impressed when his evening is hijacked by 20-year-old entrepreneur, Ben Inder, who thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread.

    On the second night, fashion designer Kay Davidson dons the oven gloves and tries to impress with a fine dining menu and a sophisticated wine tasting game. Once again, Ben upsets his fellow diners, particularly feisty foodie Gemma Sparkes, when he tries to play wine connoisseur. She soon takes him to task over his arrogant attitude.

    On Ben's night, guests can't wait to see if he can actually 'walk the walk' and are eager to find flaws. Mike pounces on this opportunity to show Ben who's boss.

    Taking the spotlight on the final night is wannabe chef Gemma. Her guests feel she's the dark horse of this hotly contested competition, but will she do enough to snatch the prize from her rivals?

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    Episode 21 - West Yorkshire - All in One

    In West Yorkshire, retired businesswoman Jan Lymer finds that pleasing her guests isn't easy, especially wind turbine salesman Marc Stanton.

    Marc is staunchly meat-eating and is very keen to make this abundantly clear to former vegan and mother-of-five Gemma Rawnsley.

    Finally, ex-rugby league player Paul Rodney just wants to win... at any cost.

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    Episode 22 - Wales - All in One

    In north west Wales, two very traditional Welsh competitors face off against two people who prefer their food a little bit more exotic.

    Welsh sheep farmer Gareth Jones finds himself haunted by the presence of chillis on the first night, making the job of host for car rental manager Dale Gough a challenge and a half.

    Nature reserve worker Roxanne Mcfadden, who considers herself to be Welsh, Mexican, English and American all at once, has high hopes for her international menu. But what will Gareth and trainee primary school teacher Catryn Roberts make of it all?

    And what do the guests make of Gareth's joke of serving bull semen in his dessert?

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    Episode 23 - Salford - All in One

    Competing in Salford are A&E doctor Sukhi Bhullar, vocal support worker Louise Woodward-Styles, hunky boxer Shinny Davenport and HR manager Fiona Morris.

    They bring high minded conversation, too many probing questions from a domineering host, and a Jewish Friday-night tradition to dinner.

  • Episode 24 - Come Dine with Me Comedy Mash Up

    Dinner is served with plenty of giggles as mischievous comedians Angelos Epithemiou, Olivia Lee, Pete Firman and Stan Boardman take on the dinner party challenge.

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    Episode 25 - Grand National Special (Part One)

    In a two-part Come Dine with Me special for Grand National week, four well-known faces from the world of horse racing go flat out to win a £1000 for charity.

    First to host is professional jump jockey and Hennessy Gold Cup winner Mattie Batchelor, who's out to prove that jockeys don't just eat lettuce.

    Night 2 sees racehorse owner and former Wall Street banker Sally Rowley-Williams host an evening in tribute to past National winners.

    Joining them for a week of dinner parties are professional footballer turned racehorse trainer Mick Quinn and Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer.

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    Episode 26 - Grand National Special (Part Two)

    The second part of the Grand National special features two more dinner parties hosted by well-known faces from the world of horse racing.

    The first is put on by professional footballer turned race horse trainer Mick Quinn, whose evening is a celebration of Liverpool, including Scouse stew.

    The final dinner is hosted by Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer.

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    Episode 28 - West Lancashire Coast - All in One

    Estate agent James Fletcher hopes his sexy menu will grab the attention of his guests. However, with coffee shop owner Edward Oldfield in the mix, James struggles to get a word in edgeways.

    Care worker Jannicke Ive chooses to embrace Edward's entertainment value by letting him take centre stage again on her night as host. But when it's Edward's turn to host, will he also still be funny?

    And with garage workshop controller Jayne Farnell out to put Edward in his place on the final night, will the rest of the group finally have a chance to be heard?

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    Episode 29 - Southamption - All in One

    Manisha Bollina starts the week with a night of authentic Indian cuisine. But food aficionado Gary Thomasson reckons he can get a better curry from his local takeaway.

    Sales woman Michelle Evans tries to bring a flavour of Miami's South Beach to the south coast, while golf professional Ben Stimson hopes a simple menu done well will see him through.

    Last up is Gary, who is convinced his sophisticated menu is head and shoulders above the rest.

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    Episode 30 - High Wycombe - All in One

    Comic book editor and cartoonist David Leach entertains his guests with his larger than life personality and an even bigger collection of toys and comics.

    Also taking part are Brazilian-born vicar Levi Santana and Noelle Thompson, a lady that enjoys the finer things in life and serves chicken chasseur and swan profiteroles.

    Last to host is Joh White, who serves up a night of hilarity.

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    Episode 31 - Loughborough - All in One

    First to host in Loughborough is doctor of psychology Cheryl Travers, who, by combining her work with her love of North African food, creates a cryptically-titled menu.

    Her fellow competitors are cheery estate agent John Jesson, hotel manager Martino Ercolani, who finds it difficult to let his hair down, and Fliss Healey, who loves dresses so much she even puts them on her dog.

    The week of competitive dining includes a belly dancer, a long black wig, a syllabub laden with booze, and a surprise phone call from a very special person.

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    Episode 32 - East Dorset - All in One

    First to host in East Dorset is decorator Gary D Allen, who plans to show the group the true flavour of the Caribbean from the cosy confines of his caravan.

    Gary likes the look of one of his guests, posh singleton Pauline Elliot - could romance be on the menu?

    Also taking part are down-to-earth Natalie Lawrence and local farmer Philip Palmer, who believes he's the alpha male and therefore destined to win the prize.

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    Episode 33 - Mid Cornwall - All in One

    Glamorous 38-year-old secretary Kate Nicholson battles it out with ultra-competitive businessman Nigel Pickin, self-confessed snob Jane Killips and translator Kat Buxton.

    The week of competitive dining features some flirting, mind games, a war between the women, some tears over a pair of Lycra pants, a rubber dress and some Moroccan food.

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    Episode 34 - Essex - All in One

    The four amateur cooks are senior manager Jayne Stonely, nursery worker Amanda Stevens, millionaire Nigel Smith and bakery manager Russell Murphy.

    Their week of competitive dining features an esoteric menu, some flashy cars and outspoken rants, and a rather daring dance performance.

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    Episode 35 - Ealing, London - All in One

    First to host in west London is PA and born-again foodie Sarah Bown.

    She is followed by drama teacher Nikki Daniels, who is very, very serious about her night and plans to recreate a lavish feast from an arthouse film.

    Dallas-born bar manager and 'artiste' Jelone tries to inject a bit of southern soul into his night, while staunch Conservative Edward Butler-Ellis gets rather led astray by his own PR.

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    Episode 36 - South Oxfordshire - All in One

    First to host is ex-holiday rep and social worker Karina Stratford, who makes all her dishes look like sweet treats in honour of her hero Willy Wonka. But not all Karina's guests are sure about meat cupcakes and chocolate chicken.

    Recruitment consultant and part time DJ Gary Boys is the loud one at the table this week and asks a lot of very personal questions, particularly of accountant Kam Parker.

    Completing the quartet is 19-year-old law student Connor Jones, who hopes to prove to the 'adults' that he can really cook.

    As well as four very different menus, there's a chilli eating competition, a man in a sari and a joke-off added to the mix.

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    Episode 37 - Northumberland - All in One

    The hosts are hotel inspector Wendy Fail, potty-mouthed Jo Slade, mummy's boy Richie Lawson and deer hunter Alistair Jackson.

    Kicking off the week is Wendy, who is confident that her Northumbrian menu will wow her guests. But Jo isn't at all impressed and doesn't pull any punches, describing Wendy's starter as tasting like snot.

    On the second night, Jo sends shockwaves across the dining room with her lewd behaviour.

    Through the week, Wendy unleashes a barrage of criticisms and Jo just keeps getting ruder. There's general mayhem in a hot tub, and Alistair even brings a deer to the table.

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    Episode 38 - Suffolk - All in One

    First host is rock drummer Simon Cooper, who hopes to impress with his hearty menu but serves up rock hard pastry and an even harder dessert.

    Also taking part is no-nonsense Sarah Jones, Nicola, serving seafood and Suffolk pork, and barrister Simon Spence.

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    Episode 39 - Bristol - All in One

    First host is glamorous Gilly Johnson, who's on a mission to make her food look just as good as she does. American girl Lyndsey Jennings thinks all British food is boring, 21-year-old film student Daniel Johnson proves that age does matter with a disastrous peach-themed dinner, and ex-stockbroker Chris Bradley is big, loud and brash.

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    Episode 40 - Worcestershire - All in One

    This brand new episode comes from Worcestershire and features 25-year-old mother hen Alice Morgan, lecturer and geeky goth Drew Kenaz, Brazilian party girl Jeanne Lucie Moraes de Carvalho-Kelly, and salesman Jeremy Porteous. The menu includes a huge pork loin main, a strawberries and cream starter and bacon and egg for pudding, and stew served in teacups!

  • Celebrity Come Dine with Me

    Episode 41 - Celebrity Come Dine With Me

    Heartthrob Hugo Taylor from Made in Chelsea takes on Daniella Westbrook, Louie Spence and Sinitta, in a bout of culinary jousting featuring some ridiculous outfits, extraordinary egos and some raw chicken.

    While dance sensation Louie Spence and 80s pop diva Sinitta vie for Hugo's affections, actress Daniella Westbrook throws a panto party and Sinitta serves some not massively festive food that may actually be inedible.

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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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