Paddy McGuinness takes his own food when he travels abroad

Paddy McGuinness attends the official launch of The Jockey Club Haydock Park Racing Club during 32Red Sprint Cup Day at Haydock Park Racecourse.
Paddy McGuinness used to be scared of flying (Credit: PA)

Paddy McGuinness has revealed he has to take his own food with him when he travels abroad.

The Top Gear host recently combatted a fear of flying that has allowed him to travel to exotic locations for the BBC car show - including Nepal later this year to film the Christmas special - but admitted he is not adventurous when it comes to trying the local food.

McGuinness, 45, told Yahoo UK: “No word of a lie, they have to take a little box just for me and it’s got like little pots of spaghetti hoops, flumps, Angel Delight it’s like a six-year-old’s tea party.”

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But the Take Me Out presenter - who is hosting MovieFest with Keith Lemon this summer - admitted he is loving the opportunity the show is giving him to see more of the world.

He said: “I cant wait! We’re off to Nepal at the end of the year and for me personally, because I’m not very well travelled because I didn’t like flying back in the day - to see all these places and look round and think, from where I were brought up in Bolton to where I am now... it’s mind-blowing. So I’m thoroughly looking forward to that.”

EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY JUNE 10 (left to right) Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff with a McLaren 600LT on the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh, during the media launch for the new series of Top Gear which airs later this month.
Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris are the new hosts of Top Gear on BBC Two(Credit: PA)

McGuinness took over presenting the show in June this year as part of a new hosting line-up along with Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris.

He said: “There’s no two ways about it they took a risk getting Freddie and myself and Chris together. When they first announced it a lot of people were saying, ‘It won’t work.’ But we just got our heads down and got stuck in and worked hard on it, and the response has been absolutely amazing.

“BBC Two are thrilled because the viewing figures are the highest they’ve had of any show this year.”

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McGuinness and his friend and collaborator and Lemon are set to front MovieFest, hosting outdoor cinema screenings of Dirty Dancing at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire and Tatton Park in Cheshire in August.

The friends are huge fans of the film and famously reenacted the dance from the final scene for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009.

McGuinness said: “I don’t think it’s a chick flick, same as I don’t think Grease is.”

Lemon added: “Chick flicks don’t exist anymore, they’re just films for men and ladies.”

The comedy duo will be hosting the live screenings and playing a DJ set after film.

McGuinness said: “We’re encouraging people to come in fancy dress, get their summer vibes on and just have a good old dance at the end.”

Keith and Paddy are hosting MovieFest, in conjunction with The Luna Cinema and Showcase Cinemas, in August. For booking details visit