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Gourmet takeaway firm takes culinary faking to the extreme by dropping off dirty pans along with ready-cooked meals.

Paying someone to wash up after a huge meal - there's an expenditure we get. However, some party hosts are actually paying to have dirty dishes delivered to them.

With celebrity chefs turning out their delicious wares with ease on every TV channel and real life dinner parties increasingly morphing into Come Dine With Me style competitions, the pressure to turn out a tasty spread has never been so intense.

Cue the London-based Housebites' "Pretend to Cook" service, which it maintains was born out of requests from customers desperate to give their kitchens an authentic "just cooked" look to impress nosey party guests.

As well as delivering what it describes as "Gourmet Takeaway" meals cooked by professional chefs, for an extra £5 it will throw in a loan of the pans the food was cooked in, so they can be placed casually around the kitchen.

Amusingly, this fee is dropped to £2.50 for the scamming chefs who are willing to clean the pans before they hand them back.

Lily Allen and Stephen Fry are big fans of Housebites - though there's no word on whether they've plummed for the fakers' special.

Would you admit to your dinner party guests that they were eating gourmet takeaway, or stack up the dirty pans and keep quiet? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Words: Anna Pollitt, Pictures: Rex Features

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