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ICA skills will impress boyfriend's folks - Jodie

MODEL Jodie Wood said skills she learned in ICA Bootcamp will come in handy when trying to impress her rugby-player boyfriend's family.

Jodie (22) from Foxrock was one of the best prepared to enter the training show.

The UCD molecular biology student is mad about animals and horse-riding and adores being in the kitchen.

The Assets model signed up to the show that teaches young women the importance of home economics to show that models are not all "one-sided".

"I've seen some girls before who would be running around the field screaming in hot-pants," she said.

"I grew up around animals. I love cooking and baking. I wanted to show people that models are not all one-sided."

Vegetarian Jodie said that preparing a dead pheasant was one of the most difficult tasks.

She met her rugby player boyfriend Will Matthews (27) while he was in Dublin for a game against Leinster.

"My boyfriend loves shooting, they keep a lot of pheasants at his house in Oxford," she said.

"So he said it would come in useful. I met him in Krystle after he played a game against Leinster. He was playing for the London Wasps."

She said that she got on well with the other recruits Aisling Shevlin (23) from Drogheda, Sophia McAndrew (21) from the Navan Road and Rachel Wallace (22) from Kinsealy -- who she works with at Assets. The girls were challenged with learning the skills of the kitchen and making their own clothes as a whole generation of pampered twenty-somethings face difficult economic times.

The RTE programme which aired this week showed the recruits on a poultry farm, helping with the weekly quality control duties. They also had to change a plug, bake a cake and shop for a family on a budget.