Claire hopes to cook up a storm on her TV debut

Claire Lemon, from Todmorden, who will appear on Come Dine With Me, next week
Claire Lemon, from Todmorden, who will appear on Come Dine With Me, next week

A amateur cook will be serving up treats in Halloween week for several invited guests - and a national TV audience of millions.

Claire Lemon hopes her small screen debut does not turn sour when she appears on hit Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me.

TV cameras spent a day in Claire’s home, on Stonemere Avenue, Todmorden, earlier in the year as she prepared her menu and then held her dinner party.

“It’s quite nerve-wracking,” she said.

“With a crew and a production manager watching, it’s a bit distracting.

“Rest assured, I didn’t go on to show off my cooking skills.

“I’m not a good cook. I just went on for the experience.”

The film crew also accompanied Claire on a visit to butcher Paul Stansfield’s stall on Todmorden Market to buy ingredients for her meal, which included a main course of “boozy lamb”.

Claire, who is a human resources manager for a firm in Middleton, said it was a great experience being on the show and she got on so well with the other contestants that she has stayed in touch with all of them.

It has been a long wait to see the finished programme.

Filming took place in February but the show is scheduled to be aired next week.

“I’m a bit apprehensive but looking forward to seeing it on the TV,” she said.

She plans to mark the occasion with a special event.

“I’m trying to organise a party and get together with the other contestants on the show,” she said.

“Everybody is really excited about it.

“It’s been the talk of the town.”

Claire has been a fan of the show for many years and is a regular viewer.

While watching the show one evening, one of her friends jokingly said she should go on the programme because “You’re such a good cook”.

Claire thought “Why not?” and sent in her application to the producers.

Eight months later, her moment of fame has arrived.