Limerick’s Celia comes second in Come Dine with Me

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

LIMERICK’S fashion queen, Celia Holman Lee, has revealed that she couldn’t eat Thai green chicken curry for weeks after the filming of Come Dine with Me because “every time I saw it, the nightmare of cooking it came back.”

LIMERICK’S fashion queen, Celia Holman Lee, has revealed that she couldn’t eat Thai green chicken curry for weeks after the filming of Come Dine with Me because “every time I saw it, the nightmare of cooking it came back.”

The model agent tackled the dish as part of her appearance on the TV3 series which saw her come second behind comedian Joe Rooney.

“You will never see me in the kitchen again,” said Celia.

“I did something that was totally out of my zone. I did have good craic and I did enjoy the company but overall it was rough going. We didn’t get home until two in the morning – most mornings. The filming was very, very long.”

Admitting that she was no Nigella Lawson prior to taking part in the series, Celia says that the show has done nothing to inspire her creativity in the kitchen and instead has turned her off cooking completely.

“I was totally put off it. I was in such shock for a few weeks after it that I didn’t eat Thai green chicken curry for ages. Every time I saw it, the nightmare of cooking it came back. I am over it now and eating it again,” she explained.

The series, which aired last week, saw four other celebrities including model and former Miss World Rosanna Davison, photographer Brian McEvoy, comedian Joe Rooney and Apprentice star Geraldine O’Callaghan test their culinary ability in a bid to raise money for charity.

Celia received €1,000 for a charity of her choice.

“I chose the autism charity founded by Keith Duffy,”said Celia.

And her favourite meal of the week? “I loved Brian’s. I love a good steak. I think he did it well. Joe did very fancy food – he said mine was cold, well his meal was freezing as well. But he deserved to win - he kept us going all week,” she said.