Grand time for Tori as she wins £1,000 on Come Dine With Me
FOUR amateur chefs from Derby have pitted their wooden spoons and their wits against each other on national TV.
Tori Yerbury, Allison Hunt, Tom Flannery and Jeff Foster pulled on their pinnies to show off their culinary skills on Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me.
Last night's hour-long episode saw each of the contestants cook a three-course meal at their homes.
At the end of each dinner party, they mark their competitors out of 10 for how much they enjoyed the food – and the hospitality – and the winner walks away with a £1,000 prize.
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Tori, 42, of Mickleover, hosted the first night and walked away with the money. She also hosted a viewing party for friends and family last night.
She said: "It was a totally crazy week and something that I really enjoyed, even though I'd forgotten that you're being watched by millions of people when it is finally shown on TV.
"What was really bizarre was how much control the production team have over how each evening runs.
"I just thought it would be a case of the crew turning up to film you buying the food, then cooking it, having the guests over and then washing up at the end – but the reality is much different to that.
"For one, the TV crew control all the timings, so you have to do lots of takes before they are happy they have got what they want.
"It actually took two and a half hours to film everyone eating just my starter."
Tori, a former financial adviser and now housewife, of Radbourne Gate, cooked a mixed starter, chicken main course and chocolate torte for dessert, scoring 24 out of 30 from her guests.
The second night, at "baby-faced" Tom's city centre house, saw him cook bacon and olive cake, chicken in sherry and caramel ice cream. He scored 20.
The third fancy dress-themed night saw the quartet enjoy tuna, lamb and a crumble at music-loving Jeff's Alvaston house, scoring him 21 out of 30.
And on the final night Allison, a drama teacher, cooked stuffed mushrooms, salmon and then chocolate and peanut butter pie, followed by a dip in her hot tub in the back garden of her Alvaston home. She also scored 21 out of 30.
Tori said: "When you watch the programme, you often see people fall out but it wasn't like that with us at all.
"Since the filming took place in August, we have been out together a few times.
"In the run-up to the show being broadcast though, you start to wonder what might be said so we all met up before last night to tell each other what we said about them and their food, so there were no surprises on the night.
"Thousands apply for each show and the list is then whittled down to four. I think they chose me because I'm a bit bonkers.
"I'd definitely do it again and I'd recommend it to anyone. It was tremendous fun."