Panic on the menu as celebrities vie for best host

From left, Kris Smith, Prue MacSween, Chloe Maxwell and Josh Thomas star in the TV series Celebrity Come Dine With Me Australia.
From left, Kris Smith, Prue MacSween, Chloe Maxwell and Josh Thomas star in the TV series Celebrity Come Dine With Me Australia. Elizabeth Allnutt - Foxtel

HOSTING a great dinner party is a fine art.

And when things go wrong in the kitchen, the last thing you want is a camera following your every move.

But four celebrities are putting their "host with the most" reputations on the line for a good cause in a special edition of Come Dine With Me Australia.

Funny man Josh Thomas, model and footy WAG Chloe Maxwell, PR guru and media commentator Prue MacSween and model and former footballer Kris Smith will all vie to win the prestigious top host of the week, as voted by each other and $2000 in prizemoney for their chosen charity.

MacSween shares her culinary secrets with The Guide.


Q: If you could go back and do one thing differently, what would you have changed about your Come Dine With Me dinner party?

A: I would hide all my pot plants and lock the windows so my guests could not throw food/drinks they didn't like out the windows (and kill the grass below), and I would have tied their arms to the dining chairs so they couldn't throw the food decorations in the centre of the table around.


Q: Now that you've been on the show, what are your top tips for hosting a great dinner party?

A: Thrusting a strong cocktail in people's hands as they walk into the room is always a good ice-breaker. Having a theme can also have an impact, unless they think they are about to participate in an orgy.


Q: What was your chosen charity and why?

A: I had two. The first was Youth Off The Streets, a wonderful charity that helps troubled teens who are living on the streets and puts them on the road to a better life. The other charity is Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, which conducts vital heart research. This is close to my heart as my father died at a young age because of a coronary.


Q: Who did you see as your biggest threat and why?

A: I thought Josh was a big threat because he hinted that he "liked" cooking and he was very knowledgeable about food...and I was right! Julia Child is his pin-up girl.


Q: How would you describe the dinner table dynamic between the four of you?

A: It started off being awkward. Let's face it, why wouldn't it be when you put an old boiler with a mouth on her together with a gorgeous WAG half her age, a gay, witty, terrified and gentle comic and a 100% spunk together? But as we all got to know each other, it worked and we got on like a kitchen on fire!


Celebrity Come Dine With Me - The LifeStyle Channel and LifeStyle FOOD - Tuesday at 7.30pm Qld, 8.30pm NSW.

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