Celebrity Best Home Cook hopeful Ed Byrne has revealed that fellow comedian Dara Ó Briain had some snarky advice for him before taking part in the new BBC One show.

When asked by the BBC about how he was feeling about the competition, and whether any of his "comedy colleagues" had offered advice, Byrne replied: "I'm pretty excited, to tell the truth. My overall attitude is, 'What have I got to lose?'

"As for words of wisdom from comedy colleagues, Dara Ó Briain just said, 'Don’t be yourself'."

Byrne will be trying to impress judges Mary Berry, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin in a bid to be crowned Celebrity Best Home Cook, with the opening episode of the Claudia Winkleman-hosted series airing on BBC One on Tuesday, 26 January at 9:00pm.

Also taking part are: broadcaster and former politician Ed Balls; reality TV star Ferne McCann; former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati and Celebs Go Dating's Tom Read Wilson.

Years and Years star Ruth Madeley; former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas; writer and broadcaster Rachel Johnson; comedian Desiree Burch and presenter Karim Zeroual complete the line-up.

Celebrity Best Home Cook begins on BBC One on Tuesday, 26 January at 9:00pm

Byrne said that his game plan is "to try and put as much of my personality into each dish as I can and as little of my hair as possible".

His signature dish is smoked pork ribs.

"I cover them in a dry rub that I've been perfecting by trial and error for years, then shove them in a barrel smoker for about 10 hours, spraying them with apple juice and cider to keep them moist," he explained.

When asked about the contestant he considers to be his biggest competition, Byrne said: "I'm hoping to put Ed Balls out early on, just because of the fact that while we're both in the competition, everyone will have to refer to us by our full names to avoid confusion."

"Don't tell my mother, but my wife's roast potatoes are the best in the world"

As to the identity of the most-famous person he has cooked for, Byrne added: "I don't think I've ever cooked for a famous person in my life! I might have barbecued a sausage for Dara Ó Briain, but that's about it."

Celebrity Best Home Cook, 9:00pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, BBC One from 26 January

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