Come Dine With Me In Stockport

22 Jul

If you think that’s an invitation from me, hunger must have made you hallucinate.  Unless you like hysterical harridans serving inedible plates of unidentifiable mush?

I don’t really do dinner invites.  Visit me any time, yes, and welcome.  Sandwiches, a buffet, Christmas Dinner: no probs.  But an evening meal?  With all the food ready at the same time?  I have been married twenty-six years and I still panic if the eggs go in the pan before the bacon is burnt.  I once prepared chippolata sausages at my brother’s house and had a meltdown because the Hub wasn’t there to tell me when to stop cooking them.  At least I learned where charcoal comes from.

My favourite meal is leftovers and chips, because the food that has survived me well enough to end up in the fridge only needs warming in the microwave.  I get through microwaves like I get through deep fat fryers.

No, dear reader, your stomach is safe; and safer still if you don’t live in Stockport or the surrounding areas.  The television show Come Dine With Me is to film in Stockport in August, and they want you to provide the meal and the entertainment for the viewing public, with the possibility of a thousand pound prize at the end of it.  Ain’t that grand?

Here’s the blurb (they asked me to post it up in my window but the grease blocks the view):

Come Dine With Me

follows FIVE strangers, all budding chefs, as they take it in turns to try and prepare the best meal, be the best host and hold the best all-round dinner party for the others. The best host at the end of the competition wins £1,000 cash!

We’re looking for anyone over 18 years old, from any walk of life, who feels they have what it takes to throw a great dinner party!  So if you are passionate about cooking and you’d like to find out more, or if you know someone who could be a perfect candidate for our show, then please get in touch with us as soon as possible and leave your contact details on:

0871 244 4142

(Callers from a BT landline will be charged a set up fee of 10p per call plus 10p perminute. Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will cost considerably more.)

Or email:


So, if you fancy being on telly while eating, as opposed to being in front of the telly while eating, give them a call.    My commission is only £10 and a taste.

Disclaimer: This has got nothing to do with me (that’s life).  I am the blogging equivalent of the lamppost that holds the poster advertising your lost cat.



28 Responses to “Come Dine With Me In Stockport”

  1. vivienne Blake July 22, 2011 at 11:19 #

    Like the post but loathe the programme: where do they find all those loathsome/quarrelsome/arrogant no-hopers of participants?


  2. Cindy July 22, 2011 at 11:20 #

    They’re going to do a South African show and I have entered. I love the show.


    • Tilly Bud July 22, 2011 at 11:22 #

      I read Viv’s comment in my inbox, and Cindy’s straight after it. I can’t tell you how much I laughed!


    • Paula Tohline Calhoun July 22, 2011 at 12:22 #

      I’m quite certain the juxtaposition of your and Viv’s comments had nothing to do with one another, so tell Tilly to “Stifle!” like Archie Bunker used to say. 😀

      Please, please, please get a US formatted DVD of the show for me! And I bet lots of other fans of yours here in the USA! I’ll pay for it, plus shipping and handling!


  3. Tilly Bud July 22, 2011 at 11:23 #

    Cindy, you have to tape it and post it (on your blog or to me) if you get on!


  4. Paula Tohline Calhoun July 22, 2011 at 12:09 #

    Oh goody! Anybody in the world? I’ll bite! I can serve the best store-bought microwaved meals in the world. I’ll put the boxes on plates, or I can even get out the fine china and put the cooked meals on plates and serve it out of the box – just the way I think! My secret is to serve a gallon of cocktails before dinner, and a bottle of wine per person during the meal. Afters are a few liqueurs. . .Everybody loves my dinner parties. No complaints yet, lots of raves (and raving), and I even pop for the taxi ride home. . .

    What a neat way to make a little pocket money for yourself. Hope lots of Brits bite! BTW, thanks for the Welsh contact. I realized that one had come several weeks ago, and then forgot (as my “poem” this morning said) to tell you! Know anybody in Nunavut Province, Canada?


    • Tilly Bud July 22, 2011 at 22:16 #

      Sadly, not. I have cousins out there but we’ve lost touch.

      Glad Wales caught up with you 🙂


  5. misswhiplash July 22, 2011 at 12:59 #

    Ah well, never one to refuse an invite.

    I am in Sussex next week that near Stockport? (they both begin with S so cannot be far away)

    I can be as daft as you TillyB…..have a good day!


    • Tilly Bud July 22, 2011 at 22:21 #

      Daft is always welcome here. 🙂

      Sussex is relatively close to Stockport, if you go on the asteroid almost hitting earth scale.


  6. SammyDee July 22, 2011 at 14:22 #

    Hi Tilly. Thank you for posting a link to this on my events page.

    I’ve only ever watched it once – when someone I knew was taking part. I wouldn’t be able to do it. I’d be cringing too much when it came on TV.


    • Tilly Bud July 22, 2011 at 22:23 #

      I haven’t seen it at all and I’m baffled as to why I got the email, but I’m always happy to share. Your blog arrived most fortuitously 🙂


  7. slpmartin July 22, 2011 at 16:16 #

    Since you have discussed before you cooking skills…I did have a brief moment of fear in my eyes as I read the title. 🙂 Very enjoyable post as always.


    • Tilly Bud July 22, 2011 at 22:23 #

      Don’t worry, Charles, your stomach is safe for another day 🙂


  8. kateshrewsday July 22, 2011 at 23:57 #

    So: you going to take part? I have a feeling you’d make excellent viewing…


    • Tilly Bud July 23, 2011 at 09:38 #

      Take part? No. There isn’t enough money in the world that would persuade the producers to televise a dinner party of beans on toast.


  9. earlybird July 23, 2011 at 04:56 #

    I agree with Kate. Excellent viewing. So. Couldn’t this be one of your 101 challenges???

    Cindy and I (and any other of your regular ‘foodie’ followers) could devise a menu (including courgettes which is fine unless you live in New Zealand where at the moment they are distinctly a luxury food at nearly £10 a KILO!! which would mean two challenges for the price of one)

    Definitely a challenge worth setting yourself up for I reckon. And think how much fun we’d all have at your expense 🙂


    • Tilly Bud July 23, 2011 at 09:39 #

      Almost you persuade me…not. I’m stressing just thinking about it.


  10. dogsrulecatsdrool July 23, 2011 at 06:17 #

    Where did you find the top picture? Love it and I’m sure that is Jimmy Osmond on the right.


    • Tilly Bud July 23, 2011 at 09:40 #

      From Google Images; and it is Jimmy Osmond. 🙂


  11. sarsm July 23, 2011 at 08:12 #

    I agree with Earlybird!!!


    • Tilly Bud July 23, 2011 at 09:42 #

      You can gang up on me all you want. It ain’t never gonna happen. I stress enough when there are more than four ingredients to a meal; throw in three guests and watch The Laughing Housewife spontaneously combust.

      Now that would be a show 🙂


  12. nrhatch July 23, 2011 at 18:24 #

    But just think of what you could do with 1,000 pounds? Why, you could buy a years worth of Maltesers for that! And redecorate you son’s bedroom! And get a basket for your bike!


    • Tilly Bud July 23, 2011 at 21:35 #

      Good thinking, Nancy. And I’m impressed that you’ve been paying attention 🙂


  13. eof737 July 24, 2011 at 09:26 #

    Wish I were there… Neat challenge with some cash to boot. May the most creative chef win. 🙂


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 21:47 #

      I’ll never know; I don’t watch it 🙂 It is a cooking show, after all… 🙂



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