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Gordon Ramsay gives support to Dalton food festival

FIREBRAND chef Gordon Ramsay won’t be at the upcoming Furness food extravaganza in person, but he will be there in print.

The celebrity chef has donated six signed cookbooks to be auctioned off at the One Week Only festival.

The highly sought-after books join a burgeoning list of items that will be auctioned to raise money in support of a number of local charities.

Fellow chefs Rick Stein, Saturday Kitchen host James Martin, Masterchef judges Michel Roux jnr and Monica Galetti and Pierre Koffmann have also donated signed books.

One Week Only will be held at Clarence House in Dalton over five days from February 1 to 5 and has been organised by acclaimed meat supplier Lake District Farmers.

Proceeds from the event, which has attracted some of the country’s finest chefs, will go into a charitable trust set up by Barrow businessman and philanthropist Ray Armstrong.

Mr Armstrong, 52, who invested heavily in LDF to help it become the preferred meat supplier to many of the country’s best restaurants, has been diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer.

LDF managing director Dan Austin said he had been overwhelmed at the support shown by some of the biggest names in the culinary industry.

“It’s just been incredible,” he said. “We’re very humbled by the response that we’ve had to this and everybody’s bouncing around here in excitement. When Steve (Winward) was emailing the likes of Pierre Koffmann and Rick Stein I wasn’t too hopeful of getting anything. But when they read about what we’re doing and how the top people in the industry had committed their time, we had another great response.

“In fact, Steve actually got an email from Rick Stein saying he doesn’t normally support charities outside a five-mile radius of his base, but for this he would make an exception.”

Windermere’s Aphrodites Lodge and The Samling hotel have also generously donated accommodation packages to be auctioned off.

Only 90 tickets remain for the event, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday already sold out. The event will see chefs cooking complex five-course menus. Guests will sign up to a menu and the identity of the chef cooking it will not be revealed until the night.

To book, call Sarah Earley on 01229 870168.

Have your say

Too much oil and fat in our diet !!

. . .so says recent reports concerning obesity. Bookshops are choc-a-bloc with cookbooks by celebrity cooks we see regular on television. I went through Ramsey's and Oliver's latest books and both use either cooking oil, butter or margarine in all their recipes. Hardly surprising then that you and I are struggling with obesity; on top of this we have Chinese, Indian, Thais, Fish & Chips and Pizza takeaways up and down the length of our High Streets. Traditional British fish and chips were the only culprits I can recall back in the 60s and 70s before the arrival of KFC and McDonald, and with liberal doses of salt and herbsto whet our apetites, are we victims of our own greed?

Posted by matt on 15 December 2012 at 12:50

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