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Exeter Business Network member’s TV appearence leads to…..

November 29, 2013

Five characters from Exeter recently featured in hit Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me. First broadcast the week beginning Monday, November 11. And no doubt being repeated on Channel 4 et al!

It showed five dinner parties with contestants cooking for each other – and usually arguing – in a bid to win £1,000.

The show has become cult TV and attracts a big audience.  Little has been revealed about what happens in the shows until now…..


Exeter-based PR Consultant Glen King, with clients across the South West, celebrated her TV debut on popular Channel 4 programme, ‘Come Dine with Me’ by hosting a special event to raise awareness for Exeter Foodbank.

Glen organised an evening for close friends and family at the luxurious kitchen showroom Sapphire Living Space located at Topsham which was sponsored by V-Zug. Guests were welcomed with wine and canapés and asked to donate tins and packets of food for the local worthy cause.  A charity raffle with prizes donated by local independent companies was drawn by BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers raising much needed funds for the charity.

Wine and delicious food including melt-in-the-mouth rare beef cooked using the ‘Soft Roast’ function on the V-Zug Combi-Steam oven was prepared and served by Development Chef, Nick Crosley.  Guests enjoyed each course in between watching the five episodes of Glen’s week on ‘Come Dine with Me’ shown on an impressive 55” LED television screen kindly donated by Bang & Olufsen of Exeter.

Glen King of Glen King PR/Marketing says: I organise many events on behalf of my clients which always has a charity angle as I firmly believe in business giving back to the local community.  It was a great opportunity, therefore, to raise awareness for Exeter Foodbank which tied in nicely with the theme of the programme and Sapphire Living Space was the perfect venue. It is hard to believe in this day and age that there are unemployed people here in the City who through no fault of their own have little or no money to feed their families and Christmas is a particularly stressful and difficult time for them. The staff at Sapphire couldn’t have been more helpful and I particularly want to thank Alex Newbery for all her amazing hard work to make it such a successful and enjoyable event and her liaison with the charity as well as the generosity of the sponsors and local businesses.”

Says Glen: “It was a fun and amazing experience to film for this popular and much-loved programme although absolutely exhausting.  There was a gruelling daily filming schedule of 12 hours over a period of five days.  The other contestants were able to take the week off work however, being self-employed I was still running my business as I didn’t want to let my clients down.  On my day of hosting, everything was going smoothly and according to plan.  I live in a town house and my kitchen/diner is on the ground floor, however, at the eighth hour the director decided that the guests were to be seated in my lounge which is located on the second floor.  As a result I was not able to return to my kitchen to check on my cooking and all hell was let lose when the smoke-alarm went off!  I served burnt carrots and raw lamb but it made great television and Dave Lamb the Voiceover man had a field day – at least I will always be remembered!”

Names L – R
Glen King/ Ross Pollard – Director, Sapphire Living Space / Nick Crosley – Development Chef V-Zug/ Alex Newbery – Business Development, Sapphire Living Space /Mark Newbery – Director, Sapphire Living Space/ Judi Spiers and Matthew Dibley – Company Director, Bang & Olufsen Exeter
Express and Echo Feature
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