I want to be next Nigella, says Norwich model as she wins Come Dine With Me championships

Polly Guy celebrates becoming the Come Dine With Me Champion of Champions. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Polly Guy celebrates becoming the Come Dine With Me Champion of Champions. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

She's been named the champion of champions on Come Dine With Me, and now an Old Catton woman says she wants to be the next Nigella Lawson.

Polly Guy celebrates becoming the Come Dine With Me Champion of Champions. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Polly Guy celebrates becoming the Come Dine With Me Champion of Champions. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Polly Guy, 33, was crowned winner of the rebooted Channel 4 cookery show broadcast on Friday, five years after winning the original version of the programme.

The mother-of-one and former model says her latest success has now inspired her to pursue a career in the industry.

'I'm chuffed really. Since becoming a mother this was my first really big thing that took me away from being a mum,' Miss Guy said.

But being named champion of champions did not come without a host of challenges. On filming day, Miss Guy arrived at a Sheffield manor house not knowing exactly what she would be cooking – or for how many guests.

Polly Guy, from Norwich, who won Come Dine With Me in 2011 and has now won the champion of champions

Polly Guy, from Norwich, who won Come Dine With Me in 2011 and has now won the champion of champions show. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY


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After entering the pressure cooker environment she found out she would be cooking a main course.

With little time to prepare and the clock ticking down, she began cooking.

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Happily, Miss Guy's venison with sweet potato purée and red wine jus was a hit.

In the final round, the dessert round, she produced a dark chocolate tart topped with caramelised bananas, pistachios and a rum cream – all under the watchful eye of Michelin-starred chef and Glynn Purnell.

But it did not go entirely without hiccups – Miss Guy cut her finger, but still managed to win, by a point.

She received a gold-plated cloche for her efforts in the kitchen, but says she does have one tiny regret.

'I know I should have been more genuine when I won, but in the moment I just said 'boom'! Who says boom on Channel 4?'

And now she hopes that her victory could lead a career in the kitchen.

'I know I'm capable of more and this has given me the fire in my belly to say 'you know what, I'm actually going to write my own book and bring out my food range'.

'I want to be snapping at the heels of Nigella Lawson.

'The next Nigella Lawson of Norwich, you could say.'

Miss Guy's winning performance can be viewed on Channel 4's catch-up website, http://www.channel4.com/programmes/catchup

Have you tasted victory on a television show? Email Joshua.Hanrahan@archant.co.uk

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