Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Dinner Party Deceit

womancookhero.jpg
pans.jpg

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

Comments

Latest...

The world's favourite ice creams

From Japanese Mochi to British clotted cream by Harriet Hall

26 Jul 2016

10 of the best vegan and vegetarian BBQ recipes

From halloumi burgers to satay skewers by Moya Crockett

22 Jul 2016

Experts reveal best breakfast to help people fighting depression

This is, according to experts, the ideal breakfast for people at risk of depression by Kayleigh Dray

20 Jul 2016

Six of the best craft ciders to try this summer

As chosen by Mamie founder Aymeric Peurois by Jenny Tregoning

15 Jul 2016

The UK's best coastal cafes to (eat and) drink in the view

Wish you were eating here? by The Stylist web team

15 Jul 2016

Taste some of the biggest burger trends of 2016

Get ready for National Burger Day by The Stylist web team

15 Jul 2016

Now you can go for a disgusting dinner at Mr and Mrs Twit's house

Calling all Roald Dahl fans: your childhood awaits in the form of bird pie by Amy Swales

08 Jul 2016

51 ways to indulge in gin around the UK

Safaris, festivals, teas and tours to get your juniper on by Amy Swales

06 Jul 2016

The jelly bean wine pairing guide you didn't know you needed

Take your sugar fix to the next level by Amy Lewis

20 Jun 2016

One of the world’s best red wines is available for less than £5

Stock up, quickly! by Victoria Gray

10 Jun 2016