It’s the popular TV cookery show that’s led to numerous on-screen arguments between contestants.
But an episode of ‘Come Dine With Me’ due to be broadcast this evening could trump all previous kitchen dramas on the long-running Channel 4 series.
I ran out the back door and slammed it as a cameraman was chasing after meCat Ure
Viewers can look forward to - or prepare to squirm with embarrassment - as a couple from Bonnybridge lose the rag thanks to an under-cooked main course and a chilled bottle of red wine.
Cat Ure (31) and partner Martin Langer, who regularly DJs at City nightclub in Falkirk, signed up for the programme after a friend alerted them that producers were looking for couples from the Greater Glasgow area to take part.
Cat, a club promoter, is a keen amateur chef and looked forward to putting her cooking skills to the test when the episode was filmed in April.
She planned a menu of grilled halloumi with smoked venison, pear and basil to start; a main course of cÔte de boeuf with garlic potatoes; and strawberry cobbler with mango sorbet to finish.
But things began to go wrong when Cat discovered her beef was under-cooked.
“It was still moo-ing,” she said. “I had done trial runs, but only for two people. I got my timings all wrong.
“I asked Martin to slice the beef and to cook it on the griddle - but I accidently added too much oil to the pan.”
As Cat was dealing with the prospect of a small fire starting in her kitchen - while surrounded by a film crew and with hungry guests waiting next door - she discovered Martin had placed an expensive bottle of red wine in an ice bucket outside.
“I lost the plot. I ended up running out of the back door and slamming it as a cameraman was chasing after me,” she said.
“By this point I had completely forgotten I was still wearing a microphone. I was sitting outside sobbing, saying I wanted my mum.
“Martin kept telling me: ‘stop being TV gold!’
“Looking back on it, I kept asking myself if it really happened.”
“Martin didn’t fall out with me - I fell out with myself. I put myself under too much pressure. But regardless of whether a camera crew had been there or not, I would have reacted in the same way.”
Despite her on-camera meltdown, Cat and Martin thoroughly enjoyed their experience and got on well with the two other couples taking part.
“Everyone was really nice - we got on like a house on fire!”
The episode of ‘Come Dine With Me’ will be broadcast tonight at 5 p.m. on Channel 4.