Gino D’Acampo managed to shock This Morning’s hosts within minutes of going on air today with a tale about a date night gone wrong thanks to a burning hot chilli.
The ITV show’s resident chef was an early arrival on set on Monday, helping Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to introduce the show.
But it proved too early a start for some, as D’Acampo tried to tell an excruciating anecdote about the perils of chopping chillis.
As Willoughby and Schofield joked that the cook had turned up just seconds before the programme went live, he made a kitchen-related excuse for his poor timekeeping.
D’Acampo said: “Sorry, I had one of those weekends. I was cooking with chilli…”
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As his co-stars asked him what had been so traumatic about it, he confused them by saying: “My cancer was burning.”
Willoughby and Schofield looked baffled, but D’Acampo pointed out his eye explaining that he meant his cornea, and Schofield told him he was lucky that he hadn’t made the mistake of going to the toilet with chilli on his hands.
However, D’Acampo tried to go one step worse with a story about a romantic evening that sounded like it ended in disaster.
He said: “I haven’t done that, but I did once have a date night, and…”
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At that point, the horrified presenters cut him off although he later threatened to go into more detail about the date night.
He also went on one of his regular rants about Brits’ poor taste in food, this time targeting a viewer who had written in to rile D’Acampo by asking about the perfect ratio of ham to pineapple on a Hawaiian pizza.
Luckily, D’Acampo’s recipe for the day was a sausage and broccoli pasta with no chillies or pineapple included.