Come Dine with Me

Come Dine with Me is a British reality series that has aired on Channel 4 since 10 January 2005 and is narrated by Dave Lamb. As of July 2020, there have been 45 series.

Come Dine with Me
GenreGame show
Narrated byDave Lamb
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Running time30–60 minutes
Production companiesGranada Productions (2005-2009)
ITV Studios Entertainment (2009-2020)
Multistory Media (2020-present)
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkChannel 4
Original release10 January 2005 (2005-01-10) 
RelatedCome Date with Me


The show features five amateur chefs who live in the same town or area, who each host a three-course dinner party for the other contestants at their own home. Each competitor then rates the host's food and hosting skills during the taxi journey home, with the highest-scoring chef winning £1,000 cash. The show often features guests with clashing personalities.

The episodes featuring the same group of chef contestants are broadcast in sequence. Early series included groups of four chefs rather than five.

Dave Lamb provides a voiceover which sometimes includes sarcastic comments on the chefs' food and interior design.

A 2016 episode attracted particular attention, when contestant Peter Marsh made ungracious remarks upon losing to the winning contestant Jane. He said to her and the other contestants: "What a sad little life, Jane. Enjoy the money. I hope now you will spend it on getting some lessons in grace and decorum, because you have all the grace of a reversing dump truck without any tyres on."[1]

Another episode gained attention online, when a clip on video sharing site YouTube of contestant Kev Riley fitting a balloon whisk into his mouth went viral.[2] In an 'ask me anything' session on Reddit in 2022,[3] Kev claimed that this was the result of a "spur of the moment" decision intended to make the producer laugh. This clip has had over 100m views on various threads across social media . This has resulted in the sale of merchandise, flags appearing at Glastonbury and Kev being a regular contributor on Cameo.

From 2020, due to COVID-19, all five contestants cooked and in the same house; this is instead of having the contestants visiting each others houses to dine. The location of the house would vary depending on which city the five episodes were taking place.

Couples Come Dine with Me

On 7 July 2014, the first episode of the spin-off series - Couples Come Dine with Me, premiered on Channel 4.[4] The series uses a similar format to the original series but features three couples competing to win £1000.[5]

Celebrity Come Dine with Me

There have been occasional celebrity groups of chefs since Series 2.

Come Dine With Me: The Professionals

On 12 January 2022, Channel 4 commissioned Come Dine With Me: The Professionals. The series premiered on 27 June 2022 on Channel 4.[6]

International versions


Country Title Broadcaster From & to
 Australia Come Dine with Me Australia Lifestyle Channel 2010-13[7]
 Canada Come Dine with Me Canada W 2010-14
 Ireland Come Dine with Me Ireland TV3 2011-13[8]
 New Zealand Come Dine with Me New Zealand Three 2015
 South Africa Come Dine with Me South Africa BBC Lifestyle 2011-
 United Kingdom Come Dine with Me Channel 4 2005-
 United States Dinner Takes All TLC 2006
Come Dine with Me Lifetime 2013[9]


Country Title Broadcaster From & to
Spanish English
 Argentina Divina Comida Divine Food Telefe 2020
 Chile La Divina Comida A Divine Dinner Chilevisión 2016[10]
 Mexico Divina Comida México Divine Food Mexico HBO Max 2022
 Spain Ven a Cenar Conmigo Come to dine with me. Antena 3 2008
Cuatro 2017

Other languages

Region/ Country Title Translated title Broadcaster From & to
 Turkey Yemekteyiz We're at Meal Show TV 2008-2011
FOX 2012-2014
Kanal D 2015
TV8 2017-
 Belgium (Dutch) Komen Eten Coming to Eat VijfTV/ VIER 2009-
 Brazil Jogo de Panelas A Game of Pans TV Globo 2012
 Bulgaria Черешката на тортата
Chereshkata na tortata
The Cherry on the Cake Nova 2011
 Croatia Večera za pet A Dinner for Five RTL Televizija 2007
 Czech Republic Prostřeno! Expand! Prima TV 2010
 Denmark Til middag hos... To ...’s House for Dinner TV3 2009-2011; 2015–present
4-Stjernes Middag A 4-Star Dinner Kanal 5 2010–2012
 Estonia Õhtusöök viiele Dinner for Five TV3 2010
 Finland Arvostele mun illallinen Suomessa Rate My Dinner in Finland LIV 2011
 France Un Dîner Presque Parfait An Almost Perfect Dinner M6 2008-2014
W9 2015
 Germany Das Perfekte Dinner The Perfect Dinner VOX 2006
 Greece Κάτι ψήνεται
Kati Psinete
Something's cooking Alpha TV 2009-2017
ANT1 2019
Κάτι ξαναψήνεται
Kati Ksanapsinete
Something's recooking Skai TV 2021-2022
 Hungary Vacsoracsata Food Fight RTL Klub 2008
Hal a tortán Fish on Cake TV2 2008
 India Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki Welcome – Challenge to be the Best Host Life OK 2013
 Iran بفرمائید شام
Befarmayid Sham
Come for Dinner Manoto 2010[11]
 Israel בואו לאכול איתי
Bo'u Le'ekhol Iti
Come Eat with Me Channel 1 / Kan 11 2011-[12][13]
 Italy A cena da me Dinner At Mine. LA7 2016
 Latvia Gandrīz Ideālas Vakariņas An Almost Ideal Dinner TV3 2011
 Lithuania Kviečiu Vakarienės An Invite for Dinner. BTV 2011
 Malaysia Jom Makan Dengan Saya Let's Eat with Me Real Time 2008
 Netherlands Smaken Verschillen Tastes Differ Net 5
 Norway 4-stjerners middag 4-Star Meal TVNorge 2009
Celebert selskap Celebrity Company TV3 2009-2010
 Poland Ugotowani Cooked TVN 2010
 Quebec Un Souper Presque Parfait An Almost Perfect Dinner Noovo 2010[14]
 Romania Mâncare pe care Food Battle Royale[lower-alpha 1] Acasă 2022
 Russia Званый ужин
Zvanyy uzhin
Dinner Party REN TV 2006-2017
Идеальный ужин
Ideal'nyy uzhin
Perfect Dinner Che 2018
 Serbia Dođi na večeru Come to Dinner. Prva 2010
Savršena večera Perfect Dinner Nova S 2022
 Slovakia Bez servítky Without a serviette Markíza 2009-2015
JOJ 2021
 Sweden Halv åtta hos mig Half Past 7 At My Place TV4 2008
 Switzerland Swiss Dinner TeleZüri 2010
 Ukraine Звана вечеря
Zvana vecheriya
Dinner Party STB 2007-2008, 2013, 2020-
 United Arab Emirates (Arabic) يلا نتعشى Come on let's have dinner Orbit Showtime Network 2020


  1. The title is a wordplay originating from "mâncare" (food) and the idiom "care pe care" (similar in meaning to "dog eat dog", suggesting fierce competition).


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