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Karena's tasty surprise for lucky beau

MODEL Karena Graham is flexing her culinary muscles by cooking up a storm in the kitchen for her man.

The Assets beauty surprised her boyfriend Gary Browne by channelling her inner Nigella Lawson and treating him to a romantic meal for his 31st birthday -- along with his four housemates.

Not just a pretty face, Karena (24) treated Gary to his favourite meal at his Foxrock home with his pals last night to celebrate his big day.

"I'm a good cook, so I decided to make him meatballs when he got home from work which he loves -- he's impossible to buy for, so this is at least something I know he'll like," the Knocklyon native told the Diary. "I cook for him and his friends a lot, it's good fun and I actually really enjoy it."

Karena and gym owner Gary have been an item since they met through mutual friend Conor Buckley in 2009 and the leggy model has revealed that she hopes to set up home with her beau in the New Year.

"We've talked about it a lot, we live apart at the moment, but it's definitely on the cards going forward," she said.

Karena insisted however, that marriage is still a long way off: "I'm only 24, I'm still too young for thinking of going down that road."

The catwalk queen has enjoyed a jam-packed schedule lately, as she's gearing up to open her fourth tanning salon in Grafton Street later this month.

The stunner is also hoping to expand her CV by adding boutique owner to her list of credentials.

Karena is in talks with American clothing designers to bring her favourite "laid-back, California style" to Ireland".

"I've lived in the US on and off for a few months here and there and I absolutely loved their chilled, cool style," she said. She hopes to dress the likes of Claudine Keane -- who she says has a "fantastic wardrobe".