Cricketers Cook Up A Treat For Chance To Shine

James Anderson preparing dessert
 
Stuart Broad's first time making seared scallops with crisp pancetta
 
Doesn't look like Jimmy agrees with his presentation
 
Final dishes
 

England cricket stars donned whites of a different sort last week (17th September) to raise funds for Chance to Shine.

England bowlers past and present James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Matthew Hoggard challenged two-time winner Alastair Cook in the Lord's kitchen as they each prepared a course for 'Chance to Dine Support by Waitrose', a charity themed 'cook off' at the home of cricket.

Watching over them were the expert eyes of Ainsley Harriott and Mark Nicholas.

With only a couple of days to go Alastair Cook changed his initial dish to a cheese and onion tart with parmesan and thyme pastry. Following that Stuart Broad produced seared scallops with crisp pancetta, a dish he admitted he hadn't made before, even managing to add his initials using pea and mint puree. 

The main course was roast loin of pork with black pudding and apple sauce, put together by former Masterchef contestant Matthew Hoggard. Finally came dessert, a Burnley treat of chorley cake with Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire cheese.

During the dinner, the chefs had their dishes judged by food critics Giles Coren, Ed Baines and Ainsley before being subjected to the diners' votes. They then gathered round as Cook was announced the winner for the third time in a row, much to the disbelief of his colleagues.

Talking after the event Cook said, "I genuinely can’t believe that I’ve somehow managed to win with a cheese and onion tart.

"Everyone has enjoyed it, we’ve raised a lot of money for a very important cause and it’s been really good fun."

Anderson added, "The evening was brilliant, other than the result. We are getting some people to look into that because we think it might have been a fix!"

The inspiration behind Chance to Dine was John Fingleton, a long term supporter of Chance to Shine, who also kindly agreed to be the auctioneer for the evening and helped to raise invaluable funds for the charity. 

In total, Chance to Dine raised close to £80,000.

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