MasterChef winner to cook gourmet meal for hospice patients

Categories: Care and Community Engagement.

The winner of last year’s BBC competition MasterChef: the Professionals is set to cook a gourmet three-course lunch for patients and guests at Nottinghamshire Hospice as part of Hospice UK’s Open Up Hospice Care campaign.

After impressing the judges and food critics on national TV, 26-year-old chef Laurence Henry became one of the youngest ever MasterChef winners. He is currently the Sous Chef at two Michelin starred Restaurant Sat Bains.

Sourcing all the ingredients for free from his suppliers, he will volunteer his time on April 3 to prepare a fine dining experience in the hospice kitchen. He commented:

“I’m keen to support this great local charity which helps people across Nottinghamshire who have terminal illness.”

Guests can buy tickets to the lunch which will raise funds to help patients across Nottinghamshire. They will eat alongside patients in the hospice dining room which seats 50 people.

The event rounds off the national Open Up Hospice Care campaign which promotes the benefits of hospice care in people’s homes. As part of the campaign, supporters are encouraged to put on dinner parties in a ‘Taste of Home’ fundraiser. Nottinghamshire Hospice is a partner in the national campaign run by Hospice UK.

Rowena Naylor-Morrell, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Hospice, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that Laurence has chosen to support us in this way. Part of our purpose here at the hospice is to help our patients live life to the full in the time they have left, so it is wonderful to be able to provide this fine dining experience.  It’s going to be fabulous!

“We are big fans of Laurence at the hospice and were rooting for him all the way during the contest. It was great to see someone so young from the local area win this prestigious championship. I can’t wait to taste his food!”

Open Up Hospice Care runs till the end of March.