Budding South Yorkshire chefs sought for Come Dine With Me

Sheffield Labour Party Chairman Paul Wood along with 4 other Sheffielders are appearing in this weeks Tv progg 'Come Dine with Me'.Pictured is Paul at his Handsworth home with two others who are in the progg Gina Shepherd (right)and Louise McGowan
Sheffield Labour Party Chairman Paul Wood along with 4 other Sheffielders are appearing in this weeks Tv progg 'Come Dine with Me'.Pictured is Paul at his Handsworth home with two others who are in the progg Gina Shepherd (right)and Louise McGowan
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Budding chefs across South Yorkshire are being sought to take part in popular TV series Come Dine With Me.

The series is in its 14th season, and film crews are heading back to the county in search of those who can spice up a show as well as tantalising their guests’ tastebuds.

Sheffield Labour Party Chairman Paul Wood along with 4 other Sheffielders are appearing in this weeks Tv progg 'Come Dine with Me'.Pictured is Paul at his Handsworth home with two others who are in the progg Gina Shepherd (right)and Louise McGowan

Sheffield Labour Party Chairman Paul Wood along with 4 other Sheffielders are appearing in this weeks Tv progg 'Come Dine with Me'.Pictured is Paul at his Handsworth home with two others who are in the progg Gina Shepherd (right)and Louise McGowan

Those who serve up a prize-winning three course meal have the chance to scoop a prize of £1,000 in cash.

Previous show contestants from South Yorkshire have included Sheffield music promoter Paul Wood, aged 58, Doncaster chip shop boss Martyn Bilby and tailor Dan Churchill.

Paul, who is now a Richmond councillor, took part in 2013 and hosted a 1920s’ themed dinner party with ambitious dishes such as venison in red wine with root vegetables.

But viewers missed out on the real drama.

Paul, of Handsworth, fell downstairs, injuring his leg so badly that he feared he would have to pull out with just twenty minutes to go until the first night’s filming began.

Paul competed against carer Louise McGowan, Russian Yana Khodakovskaya, musician Tommy Jones and beautician Gina Shepherd.

He explained how he got involved: “My mates from work sent an application in for me without telling me.

“One of the lads was getting married and they wanted to try and get me to win some money to help pay for the wedding.

“I did win the £1,000 and gave it to him.”

And what is the art of winning? Paul added: “They need to have one or two surprises up their sleeves, don’t reveal everything on the first night.

“I turned up one night dressed as Al Capone. You need to give me a few shocks and get them on side.”

Martyn Bilby, who gave the world the deep fried mince pie, steered clear of the fryer to throw his hat in the ring when he took part in the show in 2011.

The 45-year-old, from Cusworth, lined up against amusement arcade machine company owner Barry Hill, from Harlington, insurance worker Zoe Prince, from Bessacarr, trading standards officer Tracey Hewer from Cantley and Latvian lecturer Signe Jase, from the town centre.

Dan Churchill, from Tickhill and who runs Churchill’s Tailors on Market Place in Doncaster, competed in 2009.

Producers would now like to hear from anyone wishing to take part who lives between Doncaster, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Barnsley.

Show spokesman Isabel Williams said: “Areas within 45 minutes of these places will be considered.

“We’re after anyone over 18 who loves cooking and meeting new people, as well as winning money.”

Anyone interested in getting involved should email the area they live in and phone number to Isabel.williams@shiver.tv as soon as possible.

Filming will take place from February 21 to February 26.