SHEFFIELD’S Labour Party chairman took on a gangster’s persona in his bid to cook up a storm on TV show Come Dine With Me.
Paul Wood, who runs a talent agency and lives in Handsworth, will be shown tonight hosting a 1920s-themed dinner with an ambitious menu.
The 54-year-old is competing all week against other South Yorkshire hopefuls, including Gina Shepherd and Louise McGowan.
Last night Louise was the chef, and the antiques fanatic was filmed looking through menus in her favourite furniture shop, Antics, near Endcliffe Park.
Shop owner Bronwen Stone said: “We had a camera crew jostling for space with French chandeliers! It was fun.”
Tonight’s programme is on Channel 4 at 5.30pm, with Paul hoping to impress with seafood cocktail, venison in white wine sauce, then baked Alaska for dessert.
Paul said: “I thought I’d dress as Al Capone for the occasion – it seemed appropriate given my role.”
Paul said he was put forward for the show by colleagues at his agency, Peller Artistes. He said: “It’s because I keep saying I’m the best cook.”
Come Dine With Me involves contestants hosting a dinner party of their own and at each other’s homes – then rating them.
Paul said: “Every time, we were in fancy dress and it was fantastic.”
Paul said he was keen to appear, having been on The Price Is Right game show 15 years ago and a chat show with Nicky Campbell.
And he is not the first member of Sheffield’s Labour party to appear on Come Dine With Me – Coun Neale Gibson, Sheffield Council member for Walkley, was a contestant before being elected.