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Louise Naum crowned Taunton Come Dine With Me champion
LOUISE Naum was crowned the culinary king of Taunton after winning a reality TV cooking show aired from the county town this week.
Tuesday night's Come Dine With Me on Channel 4 saw Louise, 36, who teaches at Castle School alongside looking after her two young children, score 24 out of 30 to scoop the £1,000 cash prize.
She cooked garlic soup served in homemade bread rolls, beer roasted pork knuckle with horseradish and potato pancakes and a strudel for dessert in her Czech Republic-inspired evening.
She told the County Gazette: “It was a shock when I won because I didn't think people liked the food.
“I wanted to win because it is a big deal and a lot of money and I wanted to cook what I love.”
Louise spent her winnings on a family trip along West Somerset Railway and some household items and said keeping the whole experience a secret was very difficult.
The three other guests were landscape gardener and scuba diver Dave Hallam, 49, from Bishop's Hull, who scored 19 and came joint second with air hostess Kaaren Kitching, who lives on the Quantocks.
Dave donned a Zulu warrior's outfit for his meal and cooked a starter of smoked salmon and crab towers, followed by spatchcock chicken and peri peri, and he finished his meal with an Egyptian take on a bread and butter pudding.
Country girl Kaaren cooked a butternut squash and apple soup starter, a fillet of pan fried Quantock venison with roasted vegetables followed by spiced cranberry and orange jelly with junket.
In last place was estate agent Matt Potter, who scored 17, with his meal of mushroom soufflé, sausage plait with savoy cabbage and cherry and dark chocolate semi-freddo.
Hot spots in Taunton including Vivary Park, Castle Hotel, St James Street and the town centre featured during the show as guests read out their menus and cast verdicts on each other meal from various venues.
The television crew filmed the programme in February and March this year.
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