Reality TV… something I never, ever thought I would get amongst. However when a good friend of mine told me I should apply for the upcoming Come Dine with Me NZ show I thought nothing of it and submitted my application. I am always up for a challenge, and I really like doing things that may seem a bit scary. So this was a perfect example of putting myself out there. When I applied I actually sent in my Miss Pinup New Zealand 2015 entry video of myself making the Very Vintage Victorian Sponge. I thought it was the perfect piece to showcase who I am and to accompany my entry form – baking + pinup style.
Come Dine with Me NZ is exactly that: five random strangers from around New Zealand get together and dine at each other’s homes. Each night the host serves a three-course meal and puts on some entertainment for the guests. As the night closes in, each guest gives the host a secret score out of 10. At the end of the week one winner is picked based on their overall evening. I do love watching food reality shows and have always been into the My Kitchen Rules series as well as the UK version of Come Dine with Me– narrator John Lamb is hilarious!
You may have noticed (my boyfriend) Carl's photo on the mantlepiece in the background and that wasn’t actually set up! It sits in that spot normally, and on the other side is a photo of me. They were gifts from Zandy J Photography. My cooking style as you’ll see tonight is all about my love for the Southern States of America. I don’t want to give any more details away so you'll have to tune into TV3 at 7pm tonight to see how the evening pans out!
The highlight of the experience has definitely been making new friends with my fellow contestants. They are all such lovely people and it’s been a really pleasant experience all round. I will definitely be keeping in touch with them after the show has finished!
Come Dine With Me is on TV3 from Monday to Friday at 7pm. Click here for all the details.