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Diners enjoy gourmet experience on second night of Cumbria celebrity chef fundraiser

THE guests at a Cumbria fundraiser enjoyed the experience of a top London restaurant.

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More than 100 hungry diners gathered at Clarence House in Dalton for the second night of the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund celebrity chefs event.

The theme of the evening was steak night with Cumbrian meat cooked to perfection by Phil Campbell, head chef at Goodman Mayfair.

The full Goodman experience was on offer throughout the evening.

Diners were given a presentation on the different cuts of meat available and the steaks were cooked without gas or electricity on a charcoal fired josper.

Campbell said: “To be honest this is the only charity dinner I’ve ever done.

“When I was approached last year to do it what I wanted to do was recreate the restaurant we have in London.
“So we do a lot of the theatre we show everyone the raw product before we serve it.

“I wanted to do something more than just serve some steaks, I wanted to bring a mini Goodman to Barrow."

All the money raised across the three events at Clarence House will go towards the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.

The fund is a legacy of Barrow businessman Ray Armstrong, who lost his battle to cancer in April last year.

Through the fund, Lake District Farmers make regular donations of £1,000 to local charities.

Among the guests enjoying the steak night was Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock.

He said: "This is such a wonderful tribute to Ray and everything that he did in his life and what he stood for."

The meat feast was the second meal Mr Campbell prepared on Saturday after he cooked up a roast rib lunch for residents and staff at Ostley House Home for the Blind in Abbey Road, Barrow.

The chefs event will conclude on Sunday night with a spectacular finale featuring the Galvin brothers and Angela Hartnett.

On Friday night, Michelin starred duo Simon Rogan and Brett Graham wowed guests with a six course taster menu.

For full coverage of Friday and Saturday night’s events, see Monday’s Evening Mail.

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