Family disgusted by luxury burger during life swap with millionaire on TV show

A family on the show Rich House, Poor House have proved that an expensive meal doesn't necessarily mean a better one.

Single mum Amy Impey, and her children Stacey, 17, and Brandon, eight, appeared on the Channel 5 show, where two families from opposite ends of the wealth scale swap houses and budgets for seven days.

Amy and her kids swapped houses with millionaire property developer Immanuel Ezekiel, and during their lavish week they splashed out on a luxury meal.

This was Brandon's first ever three course dining experience, and the family tucked into burgers which totalled a bill of nearly £85.


But unimpressed Brandon branded his burger "really disgusting", while Amy confessed she was still "starving" as it was so measly.

"Lovely, but it wasn't enough", she said.

"I’m still starving. It was like four mouthfuls and I’m dying of hunger.”

She added that she was more used to burgers of the "processed kind".

The week saw the Impeys live in Immanuel's London Penthouse, while he and his children Joel, 22, and Chelsea, 29, squeezed into Amy's three bed council house in Boreham Wood.

Immanuel explained that he doesn't even see much of his home, as he likes to take six months a year off work so he can travel.

His income puts him in the top 10% of earners in the UK, with a weekly budget of £1,229.62.

Meanwhile Amy usually has just £140.17 per week left over after bills.


Immanuel initially struggled with the life swap, as without enough cash for a cleaner he was forced to do chores himself, and exercise in the garden lifting bricks as he did not have his swanky gym membership.

Amy was shocked when she took a taxi around London and the fare was an eye-watering £54.

She said: "I thought once you have loads of money you’re really happy but actually I don’t think it really works like that.

“I think it makes it easier, but I don’t think it makes you happier.”

Immanuel explained he wanted to undertake the challenge to keep his kids grounded, and sympathising with Amy, he vowed to help her find a property to buy.

He also topped up her meter and left the family a supermarket gift card and some furniture that they had been missing.

The two families met each other at the end of the week, where Immanuel said: “It wasn’t easy, trying to live how you live, you can see how difficult it is, but we were really pleasantly surprised.

“First and foremost, you need to be proud of yourself; you’re doing an amazing job.”

"You’ve helped us in a sense; we’ve remembered how very lucky we are.”

Amy had been “worried that they’d think she was chav", but their meet was heartwarming.

She concluded: “Being a parent isn’t about buying the latest trainers or gadgets, it’s being there and spending time with them and that’s the reality check, and the kids have probably realised we’re alright.”

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