Celebrity chef cooks up a feast for people in need in Wellingborough
Published by kerri smith for Wellingborough Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Celebrity chef Brian Turner cooking up a feast with staff from Wellingborough Homes and the Daylight Centre
Celebrity chef Brian Turner offered some expert cooking tips when he joined volunteer staff from Wellingborough Homes in the kitchen at the Daylight Centre yesterday (September 18th).
The Ready, Steady, Cook chef visited the centre, which provides support for vulnerable adults, to help a 17-strong team from Wellingborough Homes prepare and cook roast beef with all the trimmings, plus rhubarb crumble and custard, for 60 volunteers and service users.
Before the meal, Brian, who is an ambassador for Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks, helped to pack some food parcels for the Wellingborough and District Foodbank, which is also based at the centre in High Street Place.
The foodbank, which was set up in April this year, has so far distributed through volunteers, nearly 350 food parcels, that contains basic food items and other essentials.
Dale Thompson, of Wellingborough Homes, which owns and manages more than 4,500 homes, said a team from the housing association visited the centre last year to prepare a meal to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and they were all keen to return.
“The volunteers and service users really appreciated it last year and we had such a good time that we wanted to go back and prepare another meal for them,” he said.
“As you would expect, Brian was a real star, preparing and serving lunch, as well as chatting to everyone and making them laugh.”
Brian, who was appointed a CBE in 2002 for his services to tourism and training in the catering industry, said: “It was a real pleasure to come to the Daylight Centre and work with the Wellingborough Homes staff and cook a good, wholesome meal for the centre users and the volunteers who do such a great job there.
“The foodbank is also a great facility for those who are in urgent need of support in difficult times and I was only too pleased to help out, bagging up some tinned and dried foods that will help them put together a few days’ worth of nutritious meals.”
Sarah Burge of the Daylight Centre, added: “It was lovely to welcome Brian and all the team from Wellingborough Homes. The volunteers and service users enjoyed the lunch very much indeed and it was great to show Brian how the foodbank works.”