It may look like fun appearing on popular television show Come Dine With Me but for beauty queen Chloe Jardine-Price the four long days of filming left her shattered.
The 27-year-old reigning Miss Rutland, who lives near Melton, was one of the four contestants who recently featured in the shooting of an episode.
The Channel Four show challenges four amateur chefs to cook a meal for the other guests, with a £1,000 prize up for grabs for the host who throws the best dinner party.
Although Chloe could only finish fourth after everyone cast their marks out of 10, it was a memorable experience.
She said: “It’s not like going out to dinner like you normally would because we were eating pudding at 1am and getting home in a taxi at 3am for four nights running. It is very strenuous appearing on the programme but it was a one-off experience for all of us.”
Chloe, who works at Town and Country Petfoods in Melton, was invited to appear on the show after she won the beauty pageant last month. It didn’t take her long to accept, being a keen fan of the show.
“I watch it all the time and I love the way the commentator Dave Lamb talks about the guests on each programme,” she said. “My friends and family think it is funny that I’m going to be on Come Dine With Me because they know I am out-spoken and opinionated and I did try to be myself during the filming.”
She hosted a Mexican night, decorating her dining room with Sombrero hats and inflatable cacti and cooking three authentic dishes. The starter was cheesy nachos with pulled chicken followed by a main course of spicy Mexican beef stew and a dessert of chimichangas.
Chloe has not been told when the show will air but it will be broadcast during the next series.