Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel

Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel was a British daytime television programme which began airing on ITV in 2011, as part of ITV Food. It was presented by Gino D'Acampo and Melanie Sykes. The show mixes food with celebrity chat. D'Acampo cooks various food items, whilst Sykes does the main presenting of the show. On each episode, a celebrity guest appears to assist the hosts and chat to them about their latest projects.

Alongside the main show airs a Christmas series known as Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel, which sees D'Acampo cooking Christmas food, still with celebrity guests and chat. To date, there have been three series of the Christmas show..

 

Format

Gino's Masterclass

In some episodes Gino shares his expertise with the viewers with his top tips on various topics. These have included knife skills, tomatoes, bacon, pastry, pasta, rice, chicken, Yorkshire puddings, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, sausages and meat.

Challenge Gino

Every episode Gino has to do a food related Challenge. Some of them were attempts to get Gino a Guinness World Record. For the Christmas series, these tasks included Irish Coffee making, eating Brussels sprouts and making Chocolate truffles.

Sometimes there is no challenge, and etiquette expert William Hanson joins the show to talk about subjects such as Royal dining, wedding etiquette or restaurant manners.

In the first and second series, Gino's challenger received a Tea Towel with the printed tex on it which says "I challenged Gino and all I got was this rubbish tea towel" in Series 1-2, however from the third series, the challenger receives a "Let's Do Lunch" lunchbox.

Transmissions

Episodes aired daily at 12:30pm for an hour when Loose Women took their summer break

Episode Guide

Series 1

AGino broke the Guinness World Record

Series 2

AGino broke the Guinness World Record
BGino did not attempt this challenge

Series 3

AGino broke the Guinness World Record

Series 4

AThese episodes were pre-recorded and therefore there were no audience options, so Gino cooked set dishes instead.

Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel

At Christmas time, a spin-off series airs on ITV. The series shows viewers how to cook easy meals during the Christmas period. The series is hosted by D'Acampo and Sykes, along with a celebrity guest appearing in each episode.

There were several changes made to the studio set and format such as Christmas decorations that appear on the usual set. The series are pre-recorded at The London Studios in the Summer of each year. As the series was not broadcast live, the viewers recipe vote is dropped, in its place Gino makes another dish.

Lets do Christmas did not return for a 4th series in 2015.

Transmissions

Episode guide

Series 1

AGino attempted to break the Guinness World Record but failed
BGino broke the Guinness World Record

Series 2

AGino attempted to break the Guinness World Record but failed
BGino broke the Guinness World Record

Series 3

References

External links

  • Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel at itv.com
  • Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel on Twitter
  • Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel on Facebook
  • Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel at the Internet Movie Database

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