Cooking up a storm on hit show

Come Dine With Me contestant, Peter Pickering
Come Dine With Me contestant, Peter Pickering

A Flore man has said he has “no regrets” after watching back his appearance on the Channel 4 programme Come Dine With Me this week.

Peter Pickering, 52, who lives in Spring Lane, was featured on the popular daytime show on Tuesday hosting a formal dinner party.

The funeral service manager for Co-operative Funeralcare in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire cooked for four strangers from across the county in his home.

He filmed his 1920s night in February and was delighted with how the final show turned out.

Mr Pickering said: “I was a little apprehensive to see my night hosted on the television because you do not know how it is going to be edited and you don’t know what voiceover will be used.

“However I thought it was very fairly edited and was a very good representation of the evening as a whole.”

He recorded a good score of 33 on Tuesday night with the winner set to be revealed in tomorrow (Friday) night’s episode.

Speaking about his fellow guests from across Northamptonshire, Mr Pickering added: “We were all very lucky as we all got on very well throughout the week and I have kept in touch with them.

“We saw Jules, who hosted the first night, on Sunday alongside her husband, her children and my partner as we all went to the fireworks at Flore.”

He is a fan of the show and was delighted to appear on it.

Mr Pickering said: “It was one of the best things I have ever done.”

He served to his guests a salmon terrine as starter, a main course of slow roasted pork belly with bramley apple mash and a dessert of white chocolate and marmalade bread and butter pudding.

He also served up an evening of entertainment with vintage singing from Fiona Harrison.

He scored an eight from Lauren Oxlade, Jules Osmany and Carl Johnson. Final guest Stephanie Reeder elected to give him a nine.

For the recipes from Peter’s night, visit

For a full interview with Peter about his experience, see next week’s Daventry Express.