Saturday 25 February 2017

Nadia has appetite for MasterChef - if TV3 serve up cash

Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Nadia Forde may be on the menu for TV3's Masterchef. Photo: David Conachy
Nadia Forde may be on the menu for TV3's Masterchef. Photo: David Conachy
Nadia Forde and boyfriend Dominic Day. Picture: Instagram

Top model Nadia Forde may be on the menu for TV3's Celebrity MasterChef - provided producers can come up with the cash.

The Diary can reveal how the well-known TV star has been approached by makers of the forthcoming show and producers are "very keen" to get her on board.

However, the Clontarf woman has yet to sign on the dotted line, given that she's now based in Japan with her boyfriend Dominic Day.

A source close to the model has said that she is "still considering" the offer to take part in the reality show but she will be a costly addition to the menu.

"Producers are very keen to get Nadia on board as she always does well for TV3," said a source.

"After all, she stared off her career on the station with Celebrity Salon and then her own documentary about her going to America to start her music career.

"They would love to sign her up for Celebrity MasterChef, but they're just finalising the logistics of it."

If Nadia does do the show, TV3 will probably have to pay for her return flight home, in addition to accommodating her in Dublin while she's filming the programme.

Nadia Forde and boyfriend Dominic Day. Picture: Instagram
Nadia Forde and boyfriend Dominic Day. Picture: Instagram

"In addition to her appearance fee, there is the added element of expenses when it comes to Nadia - they wouldn't have to do this for the other contestants," the source added.

Also linked with the show is Herald columnist Holly Carpenter, Olympic medallist Sonia O'Sullivan and TV3 presenter Simon Delaney.

Expected to be one of the highlights of TV3's autumn schedule, the station eagerly bought the rights for the show over the summer after RTE axed the show in 2014.

The show was formerly presented by Nick Munier and the owner of Fade Street Social Dylan McGrath, who confirmed to the Diary that he would not be taking part in the new show.

Model and singer Nadia moved to the Japanese city of Nagoya with boyfriend Day last June after he was signed to play rugby for Toyota Verblitz.

She has been dating the sports star for over two years and has said she's convinced he's "the one" after giving up her life in Ireland and Britain for the strapping Welsh rugby player.

She made a big splash across the water after competing in ITV's I'm a Celebrity ... in which she was a hit with viewers as she got to grips with the Australian jungle.

The 27-year-old model is signed with Roar management and hasn't ruled out working in Japan while she's there.

However, she has said that she will be back in Ireland to see her family as often as possible.

Herald

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