‘I HAVEN’T WATCHED AN EPISODE SINCE’

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Con­tes­tant Robert John­ston ‘Hav­ing been a long-time fan of Come Dine With Me, I de­cided around ten years ago that I would ap­ply to ap­pear on it. I came up with a ran­dom menu that was de­signed to catch the pro­duc­ers’ at­ten­tion rather than be­ing nice to eat. I heard noth­ing for months, and had more or less for­got­ten about it when I was told they would like to film me in a few days’ time. So, like an id­iot, I was stuck with a menu that I had never re­ally tried with dis­as­trous re­sults that saw me come a well-de­served last. Af­ter five din­ners in five days, all I had to show for the ex­pe­ri­ence was the mother of all hang­overs.

‘This was per­haps in­evitable, as the other big mis­take I made was to serve my guests cock­tails on ar­rival. For some rea­son, I had de­cided these should be French 75s – a mix of gin, cham­pagne and le­mon juice akin to rocket fuel. The re­sult was we were all half-cut be­fore we even got to the ta­ble. There were then end­less re­takes as we in­ad­ver­tently came out with swear words.

‘Mind you, it did make the evening go with a bang and, de­spite my dis­as­trous cook­ing, we all had a lot of laughs. I freely

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