Warwickshire cricket captain Jim Troughton and director of cricket Ashley Giles swapped their cricket whites for chefs’ whites last night (5th March), when they joined Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell for a special live cooking event in aid of Cure Leukaemia.
Held at the new Jaguar Suite at Warwickshire County Cricket Ground in Edgbaston, The Glynn Purnell Experience saw over 75 guests enjoy a fabulous four-course meal prepared by Glynn, assisted by Warwickshire’s head chef Dave Hill and his team – with a little help from the two ‘cricketer chefs’.
Guests enjoyed a menu of oak smoked Scottish salmon with sauce grebiche; roasted fillet of Hereford beef; Pavlova and warm griottine cherries, followed by a selection of local cheeses.
Both Glynn, proprietor of Michelin-starred Purnell’s in Birmingham, and Bears’ director of cricket Ashley are patrons of Cure Leukaemia.
Glynn said: “It’s been an all-round great night; I think it’s such an important charity and I decided it was something I wanted to get involved with.”
The evening – compered by BBC WM breakfast presenter Phil Upton – also featured Q&A sections with the Warwickshire stars and the two lead chefs.
Raffle prizes included hospitality packages to Twenty20 and Test cricket at Edgbaston and The Women’s British Open golf at Royal Liverpool GC.
The evening raised over £5,000 for Cure Leukaemia, which supports the work of the Haematology Centre at the University Hospital Birmingham and also those hospitals working with the centre through joint research.
The Birmingham-based charity also enables patients access to potentially life-saving, ground breaking drugs and treatments.
Cure Leukaemia Chairman Ian Allen said: “This was a fabulous night – our thanks go to Glynn, Ashley, Jim and everyone who made it such a success.
“Cure Leukaemia funds specialist nurses, research, patient care, comfort and counselling across the country, and events such as this will allow us to continue the vital work.”
Future Cure Leukaemia events include a Sporting Curry Night on April 17 and 5k Fun Run at Sutton Park on May 27.
For more information go to www.cureleukaemia.co.uk or follow on Twitter @cureleukaemia