Meet The Contestants
“I’m stubborn, argumentative, somewhat flirtatious and extremely competitive.”> Download Callum's Recipes
In a nutshell...
Worst trait: I take over the party, will probably want seconds and I will judge your home and redecorate it in my head.
Best trait: I’ll eat everything you put in front of me.
Cooking style: Avant-garde, experimental and perfectionistic. It’s sometimes pretentious, but always delicious. My natural obsession with cleanliness and order sometimes make for interesting preparation.
Likes: Most people… provided I can make them laugh and they aren’t funnier than me.
Hates: Peas (it’s a texture thing) and obnoxious people.
Signature dish: I make a mean vegetarian lasagne and a good Thai chicken and vegetable curry.
Greatest culinary success: I cooked a three-course meal for a dinner party of six. It consisted of a smoked salmon salad starter, roast lamb with seven vegetables for main and miniature baked blueberry Alaska (in my gorgeous new stripy ramekins) for dessert. Very successful!
Worst CDWM nightmare: Someone going home without their sides aching from laughter, having something spilled on my cream sofa or people not enthusing about how fantastic I am to all their friends afterwards.
Perfect dinner party entertainment: I’m a huge board game fan, and that’s usually the direction my dinner parties take. Nintendo Wii and karaoke are always a laugh too.
The special thing about my dinner parties is: My sense of humour and my gorgeous home.
Other interests: Besides being the centre of attention and making people laugh, I’m passionate (read obsessed) about my home, its décor and it being completely tidy and in order all the time.
- Bridal stylist
“I’m easy going (yet strong), very diplomatic and ambitious.”> Download Clint's Recipes
In a nutshell...
Worst trait: I can be very critical about hosts.
Best trait: I’m naturally a good entertainer and host.
Cooking style: Eclectic – I steal a bit of everything and adapt it to my own style.
Likes: Confident, neat and arty people.
Hates: Beef, pork, raisins and unmelted butter or margarine. People that are controlling, stubborn, orthodox or judgemental.
Signature dish: My mushroom stuffed dumplings.
Greatest culinary success: A three-course seafood dinner – everything had to be cooked perfectly.
Worst CDWM nightmare: Guests that just sit there uninterested.
Perfect dinner party entertainment: A belly dancer or Indian classical dancer, depending on the theme of the evening.
The special thing about my dinner parties is: My attention to personalised details that captivate the memory.
Other interests: Travel, art and interior design.
Tamara Nicole Dickson
- Recruitment consultant
“I’m extrovert, thrive on pressure and people are usually drawn to me.”> Download Tamara's Recipes
In a nutshell...
Worst trait: I am extremely fussy, and hate dirty and untidy spaces. If there is a strand of hair in a massive pot of food, you can be guaranteed that I will find it!
Best trait: I can diffuse difficult situations easily.
Cooking style: I like cooking homely favourites (Indian dishes) with various whole and ground spices and fresh herbs. I have taught many people the basics and my recipes circulate weekly.
Likes: Changing lives… and I get to do that in my chosen career.
Hates: Calamari, oysters, truffles and squid ink. Disrespectful, self-righteous and show-off types really get me going… If you have nothing valuable to add to a conversation, sit down and shut up!
Signature dish: Sweet and spicy prawns, savoury sautéed rice and spicy tomato and coriander reduction.
Greatest culinary success: A three-course dinner of grilled black mushrooms with garlic, rosemary and feta on a base of bruschetta and rocket for starters, Greek rack of lamb with a lemon and rosemary reduction on a bed of mashed potatoes for main and homemade milk tartlets for dessert.
Worst CDWM nightmare: Hair in my food!
Perfect dinner party entertainment: Depends on the theme and the guest list. Perhaps a belly dancer, pole dancer, magician, DJ… the list goes on.
The special thing about my dinner parties is: My progressive style of dining… starters and drinks in the foyer, main course in dining area. And let’s not forget ME – that is sure to make it different from any other!
Other interests: My family is extremely important. I also value my friends and my job.
- New business development manager
“I’m outgoing, vivacious and quick witted.”> Download Vanessa's Recipes
In a nutshell...
Worst trait: I get loud and tell rude jokes when I drink too much.
Best trait: I am very sociable.
Cooking style: Passionate. I like to plan what I am making and take time making the meal… and I have a heart attack if anything goes wrong!
Likes: I like most people… I work in sales, so I meet all sorts and get on well with everyone.
Hates: Liver, kidneys, tongue, offal and arrogant people.
Signature dish: My fillet steak with mushroom sauce.
Greatest culinary success: Beef Wellington. I watched an episode of Come Dine With Me where a contestant made individual ones. So I did the same, and they are great!
Worst CDWM nightmare: The food flops!
Perfect dinner party entertainment: Dancing.
The special thing about my dinner parties is: Me, the host.
Other interests: Book club.