Popular cooking show to go pro with voiceover king Dave Lamb as narrator
COME Dine With Me is the home of dodgy dinners, wacky cooks and kitchen meltdowns.
But Channel 4 will later this year dish up a far more professional second serving — featuring trained chefs and restaurateurs.
The twist on the latest series will see the culinary whizzes take on other kitchens, in a bid to be crowned the best independent restaurant in town.
Voiceover king Dave Lamb will oversee proceedings as restaurateurs dine in their rivals’ gaff for the show, Come Dine With Me: The Professionals.
Producer Tim Carter, from MultiStory Media, said: “For 15 glorious years, we’ve been celebrating the culinary creations and epic fails that pour forth from the nation’s home kitchens.
"Now, as they recover from the battering of the last couple of years, Come Dine With Me cheers on Britain’s restaurants with its customary love note to gastronomic endeavour.”
More than 2,000 episodes of the much-loved original have aired, alongside the spin-off series, Couples Come Dine With Me.
A source said: “Viewers love the authenticity of the show, whether it’s a diner effing and blinding through a kitchen fail or when they struggle to contain their emotions following a loss.
"We expect less of that in The Professionals — but who knows?
“The stakes are higher as the venue’s reputation is on the line — and local rivalries may already exist.”
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Each episode will feature three local eateries competing to claim the win plus a cash prize to be shared among all the staff.
Restaurants will be represented by a partnership of two — for example the owner and head chef — who will welcome their rivals for a meal that they hope will impress.
The dinner takes place during a normal evening, so the visitors will have the chance to check out the atmosphere, the food and the service.
At the end of each meal, the visitors will score the evening out of 20.
A MultiStory Media rep said: “We’re looking forward to heading across the country to meet some of the UK’s best restaurateurs and chefs.”
Delight at opera for Will
WILL Young's time as Lionfish on The Masked Singer has given him a taste for tackling classical music.
The singer, who rose to fame when he won Pop Idol 20 years ago, became the third celeb to be unmasked on ITV’s guessing game last Saturday, after performing opera classic Nessun Dorma, and a country version of I Will Always Love You.
He told Lorraine Kelly on her show yesterday: “It was so much fun and I really mean this – I’m so proud of myself.
“It’s one of the highlights of my career, singing Nessun Dorma, because when would I get the chance to sing classical music on TV?
“That’s one of my things I’ve always wanted to do – it’s on my list. I’ve done so many things but I’ve not done a classical record.”
Last year Will was in the news when he handcuffed himself to the gates of a dog-breeding centre in Cambridgeshire in protest at laboratory testing on animals.
He told Lorraine: “I say, don’t feel hopeless. We live in a democracy. Peaceful, direct protest can work.”
Dunback in action
AFTER being a huge part of the BBC’s success with Line Of Duty, ADRIAN DUNBAR is taking his magic to ITV.
Yesterday he began filming murder thriller Ridley and he seemed pretty happy, saying: “Everything from the cast and crew down to the catering is excellent.”
AMBER Davies has come a long way since winning Love Island – and she has now set her sights on Netflix hit Bridgerton.
Since her triumph on the 2017 reality series, Amber has appeared in the Dolly Parton West End show 9 to 5 and CBeebies’ Almost Never.
She now wants to join her brother-in-law Luke Newton in the period series.
Luke, who is married to her sister Jade, plays Colin Bridgerton.
She said: “I’d love to appear in that. It would be fabulous.
“I loved filming Almost Never. It was completely different from doing theatre.
“I’d definitely love to get into a bit more acting on TV.”
Catch Amber at the Cabaret All-Stars show at Proud Embankment, London, from March 2. Tickets at proudcabaret.com.
Corrie grubs first prize
WE hear a lot about the rivalry between soaps such as Emmerdale, EastEnders and Coronation Street during awards season.
But Corrie star Jack James Ryan has really upset the apple cart with his latest claims.
The actor, who plays Jacob Hay on the cobbles, reckons his show has the best canteen.
Jack’s sister, Rebecca Ryan, has recently joined him on the show playing Lydia Chambers, so he gave her a tour.
He said: “I showed her the toilets and canteen and – bang! – that was it.
“Corrie’s canteen is top tier. It’s so good, better than Emmerdale’s but don’t tell them that.
“She didn’t need much advice from myself.
“But I told her to enjoy it as everyone is so nice.
“I knew how much she would fit it.”
Soap food fight, anyone?
BENIDORM creator Derren Litten hilariously hit back at a fan who said the ITV comedy should have been axed after series five.
Derren, who also co-wrote The Catherine Tate Show, replied: “I respectfully disagree – as would my accountant, cleaners, gardener and pool boy.”
Gino's an agent of change
FIRING your management and going solo used to be a drastic move for celebrities.
But Gino D'Acampo has become the third star from This Morning to ditch their talent agency.
Holly Willoughby started the trend in August 2020, with Rochelle Humes following late last year.
Telly chef Gino has launched MeMs Talent Agency – but so far he is the only client on the roster.
Its website suggests Gino is looking to represent other high-profile names.
It says that with its contacts at major TV channels, it is “one step closer to making possibilities into reality, never losing sight of what’s best for our clients."
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