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Celebrity Come Dine With Me on menu for Irish fans

A CELEBRITY version of the Irish Come Dine With Me may be on TV3's menu, the Herald can reveal.

The home-grown installment of the popular cookery programme has proved such a tasty morsel for Irish viewers that a spin off show for famous faces now looks likely.

When it first aired last June, the debut programme had the biggest ratings for a home-produced programme in TV3's history. It pulled in an average of 478,000 viewers and hit a high of 560,000 people.

Irish fans have continued to lap up the new format over the course of the summer after the TV crew travelled to five different cities and towns to film Irish gourmands in action.

And now a celebrity version of the show is under negotiation.

"The Irish version of the show hasn't even finished its season run but it's clearly gone down really well with Irish viewers.

"The celebrity version always goes down really well with UK viewers and there's no reason why they wouldn't run a similar show in Ireland," said a source.

"There's no shortage of celebrities here looking to boast about their cooking skills and show off their fancy homes. It would be a total must-watch."

Made by ITV Granada and using the same crew, the Irish version of the show follows an identical format and is also narrated by acerbic commentator David Lamb, who flew over to Dublin for the launch.

Featuring four or five strangers competing for a €1,000 cash prize by hosting dinner parties for each other over a week, the show filmed in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Cork.

And pre-production is already underway for the second series of the Irish show, which is expected to take in Kilkenny and Donegal.

A TV3 spokesperson said "all will be revealed" at the station's Autumn 2011 schedule launch on August 18.