A CONTESTANT on Come Dine With Me who went to his local butchers to buy five steaks had never been inside a butcher’s shop in his life, it has emerged.
Tom Booker, from Bedford, decided to buy the steaks from his local butcher instead of the supermarket as it would ‘make it look like he knows what he’s doing’.
Booker said: “I usually just walk past the butcher and think ‘Christ, that place looks like a fucking horror show’. But I’ve seen other people do it so I thought I should to.
“Me and the butcher, Roy, hit it off straight away and so he was happy to pretend I go in there all the time.
“I called him ‘Norman’ in the first few takes, so eventually he wrote ‘ROY’ on his apron in pigs’ blood, just as a little reminder.”
Booker added: “I probably won’t be going back though as it really stunk of raw meat and there were bits of dead animal everywhere.”
The show’s producer, Emma Bradford, said: “We encourage the contestants to do what they would normally do at one of their dinner parties. Whether that’s having a jug band playing in the garden, a salsa class before pudding or just having Michael Barrymore sitting at the table looking lost and confused.”