Melanie Sykes: Gino D’Acampo is hilarious

TV presenter Melanie Sykes has confessed that she finds it hilarious when chef Gino D’Acampo pounces on unsuspecting audience members during their show Let’s do Lunch With Gino And Mel.

The 41-year-old admitted she had yet to find a woman who wasn’t in love with the former I’m A Celebrity… champion – including herself.

“He’d go into the audience and literally snog people,” she said. “I had a friend in the audience last year and he literally had her – she was beetroot! I thought it was hilarious.

“But yeah, he’s a terrible flirt. But we all love him for it.”

Melanie added that she finds the live format of the show exciting, given the fact that anything can happen.

“To be honest, the biggest thrill is that it’s live and therefore whenever something goes slightly squiffy you have to roll with it, and I enjoy that,” she said.

“I love that even though we have a format and food to prepare, it has a very relaxed essence to it and that’s because I’m relaxed and Gino’s relaxed.

“And I love finding out about the guests in ways that you don’t normally get on a chat show,” she added, “because it’s all about food and their food related history, it brings up stories from their childhood which they don’t talk about normally. It’s special on lots of levels.”