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Michelin-starred chef inspired to cook at Dalton memorial event

ONE of the country’s top chefs was so moved by the story of an inspirational Barrow businessman, that he has pledged to make the 300-mile trip to cook at an event in his memory.

Click here to see the menu for the event

London-based Michelin-starred chef Jeff Galvin will be lending his culinary expertise to a special fundraiser for the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund next month.

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

Some of the UK’s best chefs will travel to Clarence House Country Hotel, in Dalton, between Friday January 31 to Sunday February 2 for a three-night gourmet spectacular.

The proceeds from the event will allow the fund to continue to give away £1,000 a month to worthy local causes.

Mr Galvin said he was convinced to take part by Dan Austin, managing director of Lake District Farmers.

Mr Galvin said: “It brought a lump to my throat when Dan told me the story, I don’t think there is anyone whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer.”

Mr Galvin will be preparing a three-course meal with his older brother Chris on Sunday February 2.

Some tickets are still available for the evening which will see the sibling duo share a kitchen with Angela Hartnett, a protégée of Gordon Ramsay. Mr Galvin said: “Events like this are for a great cause but they’re also a lot of fun.

“In our job we’re very busy and you also want to spend time with your family so socialising with other chefs is not something we get to do all that often.”

Mr Galvin, whose flagship restaurant is based in London’s famous Baker Street, said he was looking forward to the demands of cooking outside the capital.

He said: “I’ve only had one job outside of London and that was my first job.

“In London people eat out maybe two or three times a week and people will accept what they’re given, cooking outside of London is a different challenge.

“But the one thing everyone has in common is they’re all mad about food and they want quality ingredients.”

Tickets for the celebrity chef event cost £100, champagne reception included. To buy a ticket call Sarah Earley on 01229 870168.


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