Glánn bar owner on Come Dine With Me

A Cavan woman appearing all this week on TV3’s popular version of ‘Come Dine With Me’ has revealed to the Leader she has never seen an episode of the programme, writes Conor Barrins.

A Cavan woman appearing all this week on TV3’s popular version of ‘Come Dine With Me’ has revealed to the Leader she has never seen an episode of the programme, writes Conor Barrins.

Colette McGahern, who runs the popular Glánn B & B and restaurant in Mullahoran, is battling it out with four other contestants to be the host with the most to win €1,000.

‘Come Dine With Me’ is a cooking show where each contestant stages an evening of food and entertainment with the other contestants rating each other; the contestant with the most points wins the cash. The programme is renowned for its colourful contestants and the often scathing quips by the narrator, Dave Lamb.

Despite its popularity, Colette has never seen an episode of the programme. “To be honest I’ve never seen even a clip of it and I’m not even sure I’ll watch myself on it,” she said.

Colette said she applied to the show as a way of getting some free advertising for her business. “It’s difficult now to drum up support for any business so I thought it would be a fun way to get a bit of advertising out there for the Glánn.”

However, contrary to the programme’s laid-back manner, Colette admitted the filming process was a difficult one. “It’s definitely not as glamorous as you think. It’s a very tiring process and everything takes a long time. It might only be a few seconds on the programme but it can involve hours of lights and make up and filming,” Colette said.

When asked if she was worried about seeing what the other contestants had said about her cooking and her party, or what narrator Dave Lamb might have to say, she simply laughed and said, “there’s not much I can do about it now.”

She also said she would have liked to have a bit more variety with her dishes but said once she submitted her menu, “it was set in stone.” Describing her menu as “exotic,” the Mullahoran businesswoman joked, “It’s a bit like myself.”

‘Come Dine With Me’ is on weekdays on TV3 at 6.30pm, with the winner revealed at the end of the Friday show.