Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel

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Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel
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Also known asLet's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel
GenreCookery, Talk
Presented byMelanie Sykes
Gino D'Acampo
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3 (Regular series)
2 (Christmas series)
No. of episodes68 (Regular episodes)
20 (Christmas episodes)
Location(s)The London Studios
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Original run8 August 2011 (2011-08-08) – present
Related showsITV Food
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Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel
Let's Do Lunch With Gino and Mel.png
Also known asLet's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel
GenreCookery, Talk
Presented byMelanie Sykes
Gino D'Acampo
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3 (Regular series)
2 (Christmas series)
No. of episodes68 (Regular episodes)
20 (Christmas episodes)
Location(s)The London Studios
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Original run8 August 2011 (2011-08-08) – present
Related showsITV Food
External links

Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel is a British daytime television programme which began airing on ITV in 2011, as part of ITV Food. The show, which is presented by Gino D'Acampo and Melanie Sykes 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. Guests have included Jason Manford, Peter Andre, Eamonn Holmes, Josie Gibson, Emma Bunton, Joe Pasquale and Carol Vorderman. The main show is currently in its third series.

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 two series of the Christmas show.[1]


Gino's Masterclass[edit]

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[edit]

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 brussell 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.[2]


SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
18 August 20112 September 201119
29 July 201231 August 201229
Christmas10 December 201221 December 201210
31 July 201326 July 201320
Christmas15 December 201324 December 201310

Episodes air daily at 12.30pm for an hour when Loose Women takes a break.

Episode Guide[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Original Air DateCelebrity GuestGino's ChallengeQuick 5 Minute RecipeDish Of The DayAudience options/Choice
8/8/2011Martin KempOnion volcano'The best cheese sandwich in the world'Italian pie and mashChicken in breadcrumbs with tomato salsa and spicy spinach (Won)

Chicken in white wine and tomato sauce (Lost)

9/8/2011Jane McDonaldNettle Eating'Whatever you've got in your fridge frittata'Posh fish in pastryItalian chocolate and nut cake (Won)

Ice cream cake with nougat and amaretto (Lost)

10/8/2011Peter AndreEating A raw OnionSpaghetti Hoops and mashBarbecue surf and turf with pasta saladItalian-style spring rolls at your request (Won)

Baked aubergines with spinach and Parmesan (Lost)

11/8/2011Stefan BoothMilking a SheepSpaghetti with courgette and lemon zestBaked AlaskaPizza vesuvio (Won)

Lamb burgers with spicy tomato and red pepper relish (Lost)

12/8/2011Joe PasqualeN/AToastItalian bull's testiclesRoasted chicken with rosemary (Won)

Roast Beef (Lost)

15/8/2011Jason DonovanLemon eatingLeftover chicken pastaSteak with blue cheese sauce and chipsSalmon with lemon thyme crust and potato salad (Won)

Fish pie (Lost)

16/8/2011Craig Revel HorwoodGarlic EatingPea and parsley soupItalian sausage and polenta mashApple cobbler pie (Won)

Chicken pie (Lost)

17/8/2011Jodie PrengerTo master sabrageFive-spice beans on toastTriple chocolate chilli brownieMeatballs and pasta (Won)

Salmon pasta bake (Lost)

18/8/2011Christopher BigginsStack cupsMarmite mac and cheeseCalves liver with roasted cherry tomatoesChicken saltimbocca (Won)

Sweet and sour pork chops with mustard mash (Lost)

19/8/2011Debbie RushDrinking KetchupTuna pasta with olives and cherry tomatoesStrawberry pavlovaRoast lamb with lemon potatoes (Won)

Roast rib of beef with honey and lemon zest (Lost)

22/8/2011Alex JamesChilli EatingCheats' Shepherd's pieItalian brunchItalian chicken curry (Won)

Chicken and prawn kebabs (Lost)

23/8/2011Josie GibsonSpeed Milk DrinkingBorletti bean soupSpicy chicken saladLamb hot pot (Won)

Neapolitan meatloaf (Lost)

24/8/2011Joe SwashNoodle pullingLunch in a wrapSpaghetti carbonaraRisotto balls with spicy tomato (Won)

Italian-style paella (Lost)

25/8/2011Tameka EmpsonLatte artSpaghetti with garlic, olive and chilliTiramisuItalian toad-in-the-hole (Won)

Creamy sausage ragu (Lost)

26/8/2011Stacey SolomonSpeed Burger EatingPrawn cocktail on crispy garlic breadChicken in chilli sauce with Mexican riceRoast beef with mustard (Won)

Pork in pastry (Lost)

30/8/2011Michelle CollinsCracking eggsCorned Beef baguetteSeared salmon stir-fryBBQ citrus and honey chicken (Won)

BBQ lamb kebabs (Lost)

31/8/2011Sally LindsayTableclothFive-minute risottoPork chop cacciatoreBacon, cheese and potato bake (Won)

Chicken wrapped in bacon with butternut mash (Lost)

1/9/2011Carol VordermanOyster eatingSausages with tomato sauceRoasted Seabass with Italian salsaClassic lasagne (Won)

Italian-style fish bake (Lost)

2/9/2011Beverley KnightMake the most ravioli in two minutesATagliatelle in creamy tartare sauceSwordfish with wild mushroom risottoSpicy roast leg of lamb (Won)

Roast pork belly (Lost)

AGino broke the Guinness World Record

Series 2[edit]

Original Air DateCelebrity Guest(s)Gino's ChallengeQuick 5 Minute RecipeDish Of The DayAudience options/Choice
9/7/2012Jason ManfordPlaying the red pepper and courgette Trumpet with the London vegetable orchestraThe "Ultimate" fish finger sandwichBeef wellingtonHoney lemon roasted chicken with potatoes and broccoli (Won)

Caramelized lamb with butternut squash, mash and summer vegetables (Lost)

10/7/2012Alex JonesGuess the TV Commercial starTinned SoupFish In A Bag With Fennel And OrangesChicken Kiev with hedgehog potatoes (Won)

Chilli Con Carne (Lost)

11/7/2012Theo PaphitisBoning and Slicing a Smoked SalmonThe "Perfect" Cheese OmeletteSmokey Pan Fried Squid With A Chorizo And Bean SaladSticky Toffee Pudding With Homemade Banana Ice Cream (Won)

Nutty Chocolate Meringue Cake (Lost)

12/7/2012Kerry KatonaTeppanyaki challengePesto gnocchi with cream cheeseHealthy sweet and sour chicken with egg-fried riceFish stew with garlic croutons (Won)

Crispy salmon with herb sauce (Lost)

13/7/2012Cheryl FergisonPizza toppingsPesto gnocchi with cream cheeseMoroccan vegetable pieCreamy butternut squash with a warm salad (Won)

Blue cheese and pine-nut risotto (Lost)

16/7/2012Joanna PagePea shootingLeft-over chicken lasagneSlow-cook beef curryPork wrapped in bacon with mustard sauce (Won)

Lamb chops with homemade mint sauce (Lost)

17/7/2012Claire RichardsAfternoon tea etiquette challenge with William HansonTuna sandwichThai-style chicken burgerFour-cheese pasta bake (Won)

Spaghetti bolognaise (Lost)

18/7/2012Emma Bunton and Jade JonesJapanese Ice BallsSpeedy minestrone with garlic croutonsRed Velvet CakeSticky ribs with corn on the cob and potato salad (Won)

Mexican fajitas (Lost)

19/7/2012Jenny EclairWalking on eggsSausage and bean caseroleAntipastoSummer fish pie with a green bean and rocket salad (Won)

Moussaka (Lost)

20/7/2012Ann WiddecombePizza AcrobaticsMexican Styled Fried EggsArctic RollRoasted Pork With Roast Potatoes And Red Cabbage (Won)

Summer Roast Beef With Tuscan Beans (Lost)

23/7/2012Joe PasqualeChopping carrots for a World RecordEggy crumpets with ham and cheeseFlourless chocolate cakeChinese chilli chicken with coriander rice

Crispy beef noodle stir fry

24/7/2012Miriam MargolyesGuess the TV Commercial starBurritosCrusty herb salmon with a chive and butter sauceSpinach and ricotta cannelloni (Won)

Cottage pie (Lost)

25/7/2012Brian DowlingWine Glass MusicSalad With Poached EggsSummer BBQSteak and chips with peppercorn sauce (Won)

Pork Chop (Lost)

26/7/2012Rav WildingThe Science of FoodChicken and Bacon club sandwichHealthy lamb samosas with green coconut chutneyPeach and white chocolate tart (Won)

Roasted peach meringue roulade (Lost)

27/7/2012Fatima WhitbreadSugar Ribbon PullingGreen vegetable curryOlympic picnicChicken with tomato and tarragon sauce (Won)

Roasted spatchcock chicken (Lost)

13/8/2012Nick KnowlesRunning across CustardA philly cheese sandwichAubergine parmegianaChinese sweet and sour pork balls with coriander rice (Won)

Chicken tagine with lemon couscous (Lost)

14/8/2012Amy ChildsMalaysian Tea PullingPoor Man's PastaFeta cheese, watermelon and basil saladStuffed roast chicken thighs with sweet potato wedges (Won)

Sausages braised in cider with garlic potatoes (Lost)

15/8/2012Peter AndreGuess the TV Commercial starLoaded NachosMelting chocolate truffle cake with raspberries and creamTraditional Calzone Napoletano Pizza (Won)

Spaghetti Tart (Lost)

16/8/2012Eamonn Holmes and Ruth LangsfordFood MagicSweetcorn fritters with bacon, avocado and summer salsaSurf and TurfGino's mum's upside down orange sponge (Won)

Baked cheesecake with amaretto and raisins (Lost)

17/8/2012Keith LemonOral jugglingSimple Pasta SaladTomato bruschetta, chicken drumsticks and an Italian pastySalmon fishcakes with poached eggs and white wine sauce (Won)

Eggs Royale with a cheats' hollandaise sauce (Lost)

20/8/2012Charlene TiltonEating 6 hot wingsBLeftover chicken kebabsRhubarb and custard tart with clotted creamBBQ Lamb with a pea and mint salad (Won)

Chilli pesto fish fillets with green beans and new potatoes (Lost)

21/8/2012Russell GrantGuess the TV Commercial starFast spicy store-cupboard noodlesRoast chicken with 40 cloves of garlic with tagliatelleZingy lemon meringue pie (Won)

A boozy summer trifle (Lost)

22/8/2012Alex JamesCarving potatoesCheesy peas on toastBaked fish with summer roast vegetablesStrawberry shortcake stack with lemon curd ice cream (Won)

Strawberry knickerbocker glory with brandy snap biscuits (Lost)

23/8/2012Stacey SolomonChopping Peppers in a minuteCheese and bean quesadillasSpicy fish and chips with minty mushy peas and potato wedgesTurkey and basil meatballs with tomato sauce and bacon (Won)

Bang bang turkey with warm broccoli and noodle salad (Lost)

24/8/2012Rufus HoundMaking pottery with Ice CreamLinguine puttanescaBaked eggs with brie, mushrooms, spring onions and pancettaThe Ultimate cheeseburger (Won)

Chicken korma (Lost)

28/8/2012Jane McDonaldEating a bowl of pasta for a World RecordChicken with mustard and creamSummer roast pork belly with apple salsaPrawn chow mein noodles with sesame prawn toast (Won)

Pasta shells with sausage and broccoli (Lost)

29/8/2012Gemma CollinsNo challenge, instead a Royal dining feature with William HansonBoston Baked BeansItalian-style PaellaChicken, bacon and mushroom stuffed crepes with a pea and radish salad (Won)

Italian picnic pie (Lost)

30/8/2012Lynda BellinghamGuess the TV Commercial starCorned Beef hashLinguine vongoleCoconut prawn curry with garlic naan bread (Won)

Thai Chicken soup with vegetable noodles (Lost)

31/8/2012Alan CarrRunning across Custard for a World RecordASmoked mackerel kedgereeArrabiata meatloafBeer baked chicken with jewelled cous cous (Won)

Artichoke and spinach tart with radish salad (Lost)

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

Series 3[edit]

Original Air DateCelebrity Guest(s)Gino's ChallengeQuick 5 Minute RecipeDish Of The DayAudience options/Choice
1/07/13Ashley RobertsWalk across 7 ft of broken wine bottles with bare feetHot chicken sandwich with quick coleslawSticky chocolate and pecan browniesRib eye steak with blue cheese butter and onion rings (Won)

Pork chops with mustard and cider sauce (Lost)

2/07/13Russell KaneEat 80g of Watercress in less than 49.68 secondsSimple fluffy OmeletteRaspberry Ripple CheesecakeGino's Classic lasagne (Won)

Gino's tagliatelle bolognese (Lost)

3/07/13Mollie King and Vanessa WhiteWedding etiquette feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Spaghetti al pomodoro crudoSticky banana and chocolate tartSpicy prawns with tomato, garlic and herbs (Won)

Summer fish pie (Lost)

4/07/13Rylan ClarkWrap five bags of chips in less than 58.04 secondsLoaded potato saladAmerican PancakesSpinach and ricotta cannelloni (Won)

Plum and ricotta tart (Lost)

5/07/13Julian ClaryEat a jam doughnut without licking his lips in less than 30.53 secondsPrawn and Rocket pastaPineapple Upside Down cakeRoasted pollock and potato puttanesca (Lost)

Butterflied leg of lamb with summer salsa (Won)

8/07/13Dominic BruntMagic Tricks ChallengeSpinach and watercress salad with bacon and pearsCherry tomato and fennel fricottaStrawberry and pistachio meringues (Lost)

Strawberry and cream tart (Won)

9/07/13Richard MadeleyEat a 12" pizza in less than 41.31 secondsPoached eggs with Parmesan and pestoVeal in lemon butter sauceSticky pork and beans with coleslaw (Lost)

Summer chicken one pan cobbler (Won)

10/07/13Josie GibsonRestaurant dining feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Crunchy prawn baguetteChocolate MousseChinese Chicken hotpot (Won)

Steak and Ale pie (Lost)

11/07/13John BarrowmanWhisk an egg to the stiff-peak stage faster than challengerChicken with peach flatbreadsSummer vegetable filo tartCreamy rice pot with amaretto and toasted almonds (Lost)

Chocolate tiramisu trifle (Won)

12/07/13Kim WoodburnCocktail tricksLittle pasta shells with Ham, egg and peasFlamed pineapple with rum and coconut flakesLemon roast chicken with mint and pea salad (Lost)

Roast pork belly with mashed potatoes (Won)

15/07/13Christian JessenChinese dining etiquette feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Spicy leftover pork saladSuper-light Lemon Drizzle cakeChicken fajitas (Won)

Summer clam and mussel stew with garlic bread (Lost)

16/07/13Emma BuntonCarry 12 glasses (27.6 kg) of stein at the same timePenne with creamy cheese and baconChilli, salt and pepper squidMini Doughnuts (Lost)

Hot chocolate Soufflé with raspberry sauce (Won)

17/07/13JB GillDecorate 45 cupcakes in the quickest timeGazpachoSimple chocolate macaroonsChilli con carne (Lost)

Peri peri chicken burger (Won)

18/07/13Emma WillisPlay a tune using glass bottles with the Junk bandHot chicken Caesar saladDeath by ChocolateUltimate spicy pizza (Won)

Spaghetti Tart (Lost)

19/07/13Rav WildingDate night etiquette feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Herbed salmon with garlic cream sauceChocolate banana breadPulled pork with barbecue sauce (Won)

Summer Roast Beef (Lost)

22/07/13Rufus HoundThe most ice lollies eaten in 30 secondsGrilled avocado with sweetcornHorsemeat burgers stuffed with talegio cheeseLemon and Mango tart (Lost)

Cookies and Cream semifreddo (Won)

23/07/13Deborah MeadenThe most hotdogs made in one minuteQuesadillasSpeedy strawberry ice creamPastitsio (Won)

Squid with fennel and tomato (Lost)

24/07/13Lee Ryan and Antony CostaRoyal Christenings/etiquette feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Pea, Ham and Mint SaladPeach Melba with Brandy snap basketsBanana Bread and Butter Pudding (Won)

Focaccia 3 Ways (Lost)

25/07/13Jane McDonaldMake the most ravioli in two minutesAFish & ChipsSparkling Pimms JellyCrabcakes with roasted red pepper sauce (Lost)

Sticky BBQ chicken and ribs (Won)

26/07/13Martin KempClay pigeon shootingSausage and mushroom tagliatelleSalmon carpaccioSummer fruit champagne sundae with shortbread (Lost)

Chocolate meringue cake (Won)

AGino broke the Guinness World Record

Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel[edit]

Series logo

At Christmas time, a spin-off series airs on ITV. The series shows viewers how to cook easy meals at Christmas time. The series is once again hosted by D'Acampo and Sykes, along with a celebrity guest appearing in each show as usual.

There were several changes made to the studio set and format. The series was pre-recorded in August 2012 and 2013 at The London Studios. As the series was not broadcast live, the viewers recipe vote was dropped, in its place Gino made another dish. Christmas decorations appeared on the usual set.

Episode Guide[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Air dateCelebrity guestGino's challengeRecipe 1Recipe 2Recipe 3Recipe 4Recipe 5/Masterclass
10/12/2012David GestMaking more Irish coffees than the challenger in a minuteCheat's Christmas PuddingPrawn and Crab CocktailSlow Roasted Vegetable SoupLeftover Turkey and Ham PieN/A
11/12/2012Christopher BigginsEating as many Brussell Sprouts in a minuteARoast Cola HamBaked camembertQuick Salmon pateChocolate orange mousse cakeN/A
12/12/2012Oz ClarkeChristmas party etiquette feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Baked Big BreakfastPerfect Roast PotatoesChristmas roast beef with thyme onionsN/AWine Masterclass
13/12/2012Louie SpenceDecorating a Gingerbread House in 90 secondsVegetarian Christmas WellingtonParsnip and Parmesan mashPeas and pancettaChristmas panettone trifleN/A
14/12/2012Sherrie HewsonMaking Japanese Christmas DecorationsTurkey curry and festive riceCheese and marmite strawsCrostini with blue cheese dressingChristmas Roast PorkApple Masterclass
17/12/2012Anton Du BekeEating 3 Mince Pies in a minuteAFried Christmas pudding with clotted creamHomemade piccalilliApple and rosemary jellyMulled WineN/A
18/12/2012Jodie PrengerPlaying a Christmas song on HandbellsTurkey and cranberry risottoFestive sprout gratinFestive Fruit punchIce cream bombeBrussel Sprout Masterclass
19/12/2012Craig Revel HorwoodMaking a Christmas reath in a minuteLeftover cheese board fondueSticky red cabbage with apples and ciderOrange glazed baby carrots and onionsSeafood platter with saffron and lime mayonnaiseN/A
20/12/2012Rhod GilbertCarving a turkey in 90 secondsChristmas pork terrineMustard glazed chicken wingsBaked Stilton mushrooms
21/12/2012Paul NicholasMaking more than forty chocolate truffles in 2 minutesBNo bake Irish liqueur cheesecakeSmoked salmon and herb roulade

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

Series 2[edit]

Air dateCelebrity guestGino's challengeRecipe 1Recipe 2Recipe 3Recipe 4Recipe 5/Masterclass
15/12/2013Cheryl FergisonMost bottles of champagne opened in one minuteBSeafood platterChristmas pinwheels with sundried-tomatoes and fetaPea and pecorino crostiniChocolate Christmas pudding with brandy custard and salted caramel ice creamEspresso martini Masterclass
16/12/2013Sally LindsayPour a glass of champagne and make a cocktail whilst being upside downLast minute Christmas cakeLeftover turkey and ham pieRoast goose with port and orange gravyN/AN/A
17/12/2013Christopher BigginsOpen a bottle of port using a featherFestive pork wellingtonMake-ahead gravyChristmas pudding souffléN/AHow to flame a Christmas pudding Masterclass
18/12/2013Shane FilanChristmas etiquette feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Roast crown of lamb with mint jellyApricot, chilli and walnut stuffingHot gingerbread punchProfiteroles with chocolate sauceN/A
19/12/2013Melanie Chisholm and Matt CardleMost jumpers put on in one minuteAChristmas fish soupCranberry glazed sausages with mustard mayonnaiseDressed mozzarella balls with parma hamBread sauceLeftover turkey enchiladas
20/12/2013Craig Revel HorwoodFastest time to decorate a Christmas treeABlack forest gateau trifleSautéed sprouts with almonds and lemonMaple and cayenne roasted parsnipsRoast pork with pear gravyKnife Masterclass
21/12/2013Joe PasqualeFill four sherry glasses using a ValenciaSlow roast leg of lamb with braised peasHam hock and parsley terrineMulled ciderChocolate honeycomb mousse cakeN/A
22/12/2013Bruno TonioliChristmas etiquette feature with William Hanson (no challenge)Filo mince piesSweet chilli prawn bitesStilton and apple crostiniHorseradish sauceRoast rib of beef inside a giant Yorkshire pudding
23/12/2013Oz ClarkeOral juggling, play the tune of "Jingle Bells"Baked mustard and ginger ham with pineapple chutneyPotted shrimpsChristmas clementine pavlovaN/AWine Masterclass with Oz Clarke
24/12/2013Billy OceanMost jumpers put on in one minuteBChristmas Roast TurkeyHomemade Cranberry sauceVegetable terrine with roasted garlic breadItalian roast potatoes with carrots in tarragon and garlic with pigs in blankets1

AGino attempted to break the Guinness World Record but failed
BGino broke the Guinness World Record 1This is the dish' official name, although Gino calls them Pigs in Duvets.


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