Amateur chefs compete against each other by hosting a dinner party for the other contestants. Each competitor then rates the host's performance with the winner winning a £1,000 cash prize. An element of comedy is added to the show through comedian Dave Lamb, who provides a dry and "bitingly sarcastic" narration.
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Come Dine with Me Episode Guide
Stoke, Jane Bagley
10th Jan 2005
Part-time opera diva Jane Bagley from Come Dine With Me Stoke kicks off with a menu that looks set to impress. Her obsession with lists should ensure nothing is left to chance but the prospect of four strangers judging every last mouthful proves overwhelming.
Stoke, Sarah Adams-Lipa
11th Jan 2005
Sarah provides this weeks second dinner and a glimpse into the glamours life of a real footballer's wife.
Stoke, Tricia Martin
12th Jan 2005
Tricia Martin - Stoke's answer to Hyacinth Bucket - makes her bid for dinner party dominance in this episode of Come Dine With Me. Tricia's menu is carefully thought out: home-made watercress soup, fish pie and a sensational pannetone bread-and-butter pudding which she hopes will win top marks from her guests.
Stoke, Lesley Blood
13th Jan 2005
Estate agent and former Miss Stoke finalist Lesley creates an extraordinary three-course all-chocolate menu. Can her guests stomach it?
Stoke, Father Lucifer Williams
14th Jan 2005
Father Brian cooks dinner for four over-excited female guests in Come Dine With Me Stoke. IIt's the final dinner, and the gourmet group are really hitting their stride. Sarah, Tricia, Lesley and Jane are giggly, irreverent and something of a handful for the bemused Midlands vicar. Father Brian is a revelation in the kitchen: a breath-taking combination of Fanny Craddock and Basil Fawlty; it's not entirely clear whether he's heading for culinary canonisation or complete cooking chaos
London, Moona Messamri
17th Jan 2005
Meet domestic goddess, Moona Messamri, from Come Dine With Me London. She believes her 10-course Italian feast will wow her guests and guarantee her top marks, but with such an extensive menu has she bitten off more than she can chew?
London, Bruce Mainwaring
18th Jan 2005
City slicker, Bruce Mainwaring, from Come Dine With Me London plans to wow his guests with his stunning bachelor pad and extensive wine cellar. He's playing to win, but is so caught up with his food and wine that he makes some basic culinary blunders. But when the guests arrive, it soon becomes clear that Moona prefers the role of host to guest. She's no longer centre of attention and not happy sitting in Bruce's shadow.
London, MIchael O'Keefe
20th Jan 2005
Innovator, Michael O'Keefe, takes a relaxed approach to hosting in Come Dine With Me London. He believes success lies in perfect planning rather than slaving over a hot stove, so he's booked Caroline the caterer to cook up the winning dinner. For Michael, it's off to the poodle parlour to give his beloved dog Cosmo some pampering, followed by browsing round the shops and a leisurely coffee.
London, Belinda Taylor
21st Jan 2005
Belinda hosts the final dinner party in Come Dine With Me London. Her newly decorated modern dining room is her pride and joy and she's hoping it will rid her of the "mumsy" image the rest of the group have labelled her with. Belinda's cooking a traditional roast meal (which probably won't help with the "mumsy" thing).
Leeds, Vera Liburd
24th Jan 2005
Spiky-haired, leopard-printed dinner lady Vera Liburd welcomes four complete strangers into her home for the first dinner party in Come Dine With Me Leeds. And this dinner lady is hoping to cook her guests something a little more sophisticated than the average school dinner. She's confident that she can impress these four foodies with her cooking, but nerves and her own lethal fruit punch ensure the evening doesn't turn out exactly how she'd planned.
Leeds, Stuart Moss
25th Jan 2005
Stuart creates something you’ve never seen before by combining two British favourites - the full English breakfast and the curry.
Leeds, Craig McAlpine
26th Jan 2005
Super suave 25-year-old Craig is planning a thoroughly sophisticated evening for his guests. But will his formal manner stifle the atmosphere?
Leeds, Pippa Hudson
27th Jan 2005
Pippa Hudson is well practised in the art of entertaining, but there's a small problem with her guests: she doesn't like them. In the fourth episode of Come Dine With Me Leeds we witness Pippa trying to make up for her lack of enthusiasm for the company with her food and wine
Leeds, Paul Ulett
28th Jan 2005
It's the last menu of the competition in Come Dine With Me Leeds and the turn of former army chef Paul Ulett to host his dinner. He runs his kitchen by the 'five Ps' (prior preparation prevents poor performance). Will his army background ensure everything runs with military precision? Or will the evening turn into a boot camp for his guests?
London, Jane Furlong
31st Jan 2005
Office manager Jane cooks up a lavish five-course banquet, but how will the guests react to her obsession with all things purple?
London, David Thomas
1st Feb 2005
The centrepiece of debonair David's meal is ‘Duck in a Box’, a dish that he's created himself and involves a very clever trick with duck breasts and a loaf of bread.
London, Sarah Donohue
2nd Feb 2005
It's Sarah's turn to show off her hosting skills. She's laying on a 12-starter extravaganza. But will her love for the Middle East prove her undoing as well as her inspiration?
London, Rocky Scott
3rd Feb 2005
Rocky Scott doesn't believe dinner parties should be hard work. She relies on good, honest home cooking, most of which (in her case) can be bought from the shop.
London, Paul Martin
4th Feb 2005
Paul’s homemade bread is calculated to impress, and his lemon tart looks truly delicious. The oven gloves are off for the final dinner party of Come Dine With Me!