First finalist gets to cook dinner for the Editor as Echo Falls �1,000 prize draws nearer

THE Fenland Come Dine With Me competition reached its concluding stages as the first of three finalists took to their kitchen last night. At stake is a �1,000 first prize and the three finalists were chosen from a massive entry to the competition which

THE Fenland 'Come Dine With Me' competition reached its concluding stages as the first of three finalists took to their kitchen last night.

At stake is a �1,000 first prize and the three finalists were chosen from a massive entry to the competition which is being run by the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard in conjunction with Echo Falls.

The wine company, sponsors of the Channel 4 series, teamed up with the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard to provide a local slant on this national TV favourite.

The challenge for our readers was simple: suggest a perfect three course meal for our editor and then, if selected for the short list, invite him round to try it out.


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That's precisely what editor John Elworthy did last night in Wisbech as he dined with Pam Horsley and her husband.

Tonight he's off to Wimblington to dine with the second finalist, and tomorrow will conclude his gourmet tour of Fenland with dinner in Chatteris.

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"I'm not saying anything yet about last night's menu since it wouldn't be fair to the other competitors," said Mr Elworthy. "However what I can say is that Pam and her husband were marvellous hosts, and Pam cooked the most amazing three course dinner.

"It's set the standard, but there are two nights to go- and two delicious meals to come."

On Thursday, once the dining is done, Mr Elworthy, who called in a panel of enthusiasts to help with the short list, will begin the difficult task of deciding his favourite meal and who should get the �1,000 from Echo Falls.

"It's been an extraordinary competition in many ways," he said. "What is proving particularly enjoyable is not just the food but the chance to spend an evening with our readers. That's an added bonus."

The 'X factor' moment for the three finalists will come next week after Mr Elworthy spends the weekend mulling over the three nights of wining and dining.

"It's a tough job but I'm very glad to have done it," he added.

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