KITCHEN designer Neil Hemingway was the £1,000 winner as cult cookery show Come Dine with Me came to Huddersfield.
He beat speech therapist Laura Seeley into second place having wowed the guests at his designer pad complete with grand piano and swimming pool in last night’s C4 show.
He vowed to keep all the money stuffing it down his trousers for safe keeping and laughing off suggestions to share it four ways.
Millions of viewers saw him making the meal of the night, accompanied by his two dogs he adored Daisy and Dolly.
Hair salon boss Christine Wright came third with property developer Matt Buckingham in last place having offered one of the worst puddings - an unfrozen ice-cream - the show had seen.
It was such a disaster his diners thought the chocolate chips in the dessert were liver.
He was dropped to just one point from Neil, who said: “The food deserved a nothing and I am not a mean person!”
Last-to-cook Laura looked set to clinch it but her scores fell after her tagine was served on cold plates, Neil hated pears and Christine didn’t like cinnamon.
Zinfandel drinking - and only Zinfandel - Laura said Huddersfield “was not somewhere you would choose to live voluntarily” and pledged to sulk big style if she didn’t win.
She was a member of a gourmet cooking club and a major claim to fame was making homemade pasta which looked like testicles.
Christine loved everybody’s food and was genuine and generous - even applauding Matt’s runny pate which others described as dog poo.
Matt did nothing to dispel the Yorkshire people are tight theory by turning up with Neil’s flowers from the night before to give to Laura on her big night.
But bouquets all round for them for making Huddersfield the centre of the culinary world - if only for one night
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"My dog Daisy always sits at the table. I'm sure if she could speak she'd take part in it."
MENU: To start his Italian themed meal Neil served porcini risotto with wilted rocket. For the main event Neil served grilled haddock and pesto with potatoes, tomatoes and asparagus. Finally, for pud Neil served the Italian classic tiramisu followed by a course of bread and cheese.
"If I don't win this competition I'm going to sulk."
MENU: Middle Eastern mezze for starters including broad bean pate, flatbreads, slow roasted tomatoes and falafel with aioli. For a Moroccan main Laura served prune and lamb tagine with couscous and green beans. To round off the night she served poached pears with lavender infused mascarpone.
Property developer boss
"It'd be ridiculous not to know how to cook," he tells us, "because you get hungry every three hours."
MENU: As an appetiser Matt served chicken liver pate with French bread followed by a starter of cream of tomato soup. It was salmon for the main course served with mushroom and tarragon sauce and carrots and roast potatoes. Finally, for dessert, Matt served some slightly runny Harley's homemade ice cream.
Hair salon boss
"The perfect ingredients to a great dinner party are great guests who know how to enjoy themselves, are up for a laugh and basically want to have a nice time,"
MENU: To start the party off Christine served Roquefort souffle with plant pot bread. Christine took a Spanish turn with her main course serving a chicken and chorizo basque. Finally for dessert she served the stylishly titled iced apple snow.
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