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Saturday 23 August 2014

Chef Gino D'Acampo crowned king of celebrity Jungle

Last man standing: Gino D’Acampo celebrates being named king of the jungle ahead of Kim Woodburn

Chef Gino D'Acampo is looking forward to life back in civilisation after being crowned King of the Jungle in the final of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

The Italian was named the winner after the gruelling three week competition.

Self-proclaimed Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn was runner-up and snooker ace Jimmy White came third.

D'Acampo told presenters Ant and Dec on the ITV show: "It feels great, I know that I'm going to get into some kind of civilisation very soon.

"These three weeks have been crazy, up and down. I don't think there's ever been a day when I've thought, 'what am I doing here, I should be at home doing something else' - I really enjoyed every bit of the experience."

He said that when he watched the show at home, he thought "it must be a trick".

"But no, you have to do everything here, big walk, spider in the mouth, tightrope, you really have to do everything - you come here and suffer."

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Woodburn said: "I slummed it, dear, I had ants in my pants."

She added: "You're taken from all your creature comforts, which you all take for granted, and suddenly you are dropped into a hell hole."

The eating trials were "absolutely horrible", she said.

"If you think of it now, you could retch.

"But I did it, my love, you've got to take the stars back, we want the food."

White said: "I really got involved, and we all kept a nice group. The greatest thing for me was the group effort, we all became pals and helped each other out."

He said he had lost 22lbs in weight and added: "I learned a lot about myself and I'm absolutely delighted I've come here."

He said there was a lot of time to think in the camp.

"We are all tired at the end of the day, and when you lay on your bunk, you have a lot of time to think. There are no computers, no phones, I've never not spoken to my kids for more than two days in their lives."

The last three finished off their stay in the camp with typically terrifying trials.

D'Acampo's fine palate was pushed to the limits after being forced to tackle a stomach churning menu of rotten egg, cockroaches and a crocodile's tongue.

He passed the gut-churning challenge with flying colours.

He said: "That was disgusting, you people are crazy. The worst was the egg."

There were further bug-infested trials for White, who was clamped in leg irons and handcuffs and locked in a flooded chamber.

With water spiders and other creepy-crawlies sent to keep him company, White kept his cool and found the keys to unlock himself and won three desserts for the final meal in camp.

Woodburn barely flinched in her challenge to win a trio of starters for dinner.

In its three week run I'm A Celebrity... attracted an average audience of 8.4 million viewers, the highest average since the 2005 series which was won by Carol Thatcher.

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