SHE admits she can’t cook an egg – but it hasn’t stopped Limerick model agent Celia Holman Lee from hitting the kitchen for an upcoming instalment of Celebrity Come Dine with Me.
Viewers of the hit-rating TV3 series will see the stylish socialite swap her designer threads for more practical attire as she bids to win bragging rights in the culinary challenge and win €1,000 for a charity of her choice.
“Everyone who knows me knows that I can’t really cook. I hate cooking. I can cook an ordinary very, very basic dinner,” Celia admitted this week. “Ger (her husband) is okay. He is not bad. I wouldn’t say he is great either. We are working so much that we are inclined to eat on the go.” The glamorous grandmother will appear on the upcoming series of Celebrity Come Dine with Me alongside model and former Miss World Rosanna Davison, Apprentice runner-up Geraldine O’Callaghan, comedian and star of Killinaskully and Father Ted Joe Rooney, and top celebrity photographer Brian McEvoy.
Over the course of a week each contestant takes it in turn to host a dinner party for the others. The guests then rate their host’s efforts on a scale of one to 10.
And while she can’t give too much away about the show before it airs, Celia did reveal that it wasn’t filmed in her own kitchen and viewers won’t see her in a pinny or oven gloves - she doesn’t own either.
We can take it therefore, that when she pops into Brown Thomas it isn’t to see their new collection of pots and pans? “Never,” she laughed, “I would run out the other door and run straight to the handbags and the shoes!”
So does she ever host a dinner party at home? “If I am having people over I enjoy dressing the table but then when everyone has eaten and finished I don’t like looking at a load of dirty pots. It’s just not my scene, at all.”
The last time a Limerick lady appeared on the reality TV series – last month - she became embroiled in controversy when publisher Michael O’Doherty made controversial remarks about her home city.
The girl in question was another local fashionista model Madeline Mulqueen and Mr O’Doherty later apologised if his comments caused any offence.
So can we expect to see the temperatures rise in the kitchens and living rooms of the latest celebrity chefs?
“I really can’t give too much away but we did all get on very well. We had good fun. It was enjoyable, in the end,” Celia smiled, coyly.
The series which was filmed in recent weeks is expected to air in the autumn.