Chef Show raises more than £7,000

A sumptuous show highlighting the wealth of quality cuisine available on the Furness Peninsula has raised more than £7,000 for CancerCare.

The Local Chef Show saw more than 170 guests pack into Ulverston's Coronation Hall to enjoy a five-course meal specially created by some of the area’s finest chefs who gave up their time for free to support the charity which provides free professional therapy for people dealing with life-limiting illness and bereavement.

The menu included Parsnip Soup by Rachael Lumb of Gleaston Water Mill, Monk Fish by Nige Bullock of The Mill at Ulverston, Middle Eastern Lamb Sharwarma by Sy Lyon of La’al Churrasco Pig’s Cheek in a Honey Glaze Sauce by Stuart Smith and Dark Chocolate Parfait by Ash Wood of Barrow’s Abbey House Hotel.

The evening was hosted by Ulverston-based actor Gary Gifford as one of his comedy creations, Doris the Dinner Lady, and guests danced late into the night to live music from band Rendition.

CancerCare’s Head of Fundraising Emma Athersmith said: “This was our first ever Chef Show and it definitely won’t be our last.  The reaction from the guests was fantastic and we can’t thank the local community enough for their support.

“Raising £7,000 was fantastic but, we also received more than £9,000 in gifts in kind through donations of time, equipment and much more.”

The event was also designed to raise awareness of the charity’s new centre which opens on Duke Street, Barrow in January which will provide free professional therapy and support to people affected by cancer, serious illness and bereavement across the Furness area.

Chef Rachael Lumb said: “It was an absolutely brilliant night! I was only too happy to be involved as CancerCare provides invaluable support to people and I have seen first-hand the difference they can make to people’s going through a very tough time.”

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