Premier League stars come out in force for charity event
Footballers Micah Richards and Gabriel Obertan put aside their club rivalry to work side by side to lift the Premiership Cook Off trophy at a charity event last week.
The City and United stars were among 14 footballers who put their kitchen whites on to compete in the event at a restaurant in Cheshire.
The Premiership Cook Off was held in aid of the Five Stars Appeal, which aims to raise money for a new MRI scanner at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
The footballers were split into two teams to cook, wait on tables and serve behind the bar for over 100 guests, who then went on to decide which team would be crowned the overall winners.
Richards and Obertan led the Five Stars Kids team with Ivan Klasnic and Tuncay serving in the bar, whilst waiting on tables in the restaurant for their team were Ricardo Fuller, Kenwyne Jones, and Jermaine Pennant.
Shaun Wright Phillips, who won the first Premiership Cook Off back in April, was joined in the kitchen for the Panacea Babes team by his City team mate Nigel de Jong. Serving in the bar for the Panacea Babes team were Adam Johnson and Gareth Barry and waiting on tables in the restaurant were Joe Hart, Benjani Mwaruwari and Stuart Holden.
Guests were asked to vote for the winning team by holding up their flags, it was a very closely fought match but the Five Star Kids came out the winners.
Charmaine Wilkinson, Appeals Director for Five Stars Appeal said: ‘We can not thank Joe Akka, his team at Panacea Alderley Edge and the footballers who took part enough for the hard work they put in to making this event happen.
“The guests had a night to remember and over £55,000 was raised on the night so we are delighted.”
Joe Akka, Managing Director for Panacea says ‘We are delighted with the success of our second Premiership cook off event and so pleased that the event managed to raise over £55,000 again for the Five Stars Appeal.
“We are so very grateful to the many footballers that took part last night who did an amazing job in all areas of the restaurant. Based on last night’s performance they could come to us for a job anytime!”
The Five Stars Appeal has been raising funds for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for over 30 years. The charity has held many fundraising events this year in a bid to raise the £1 million needed to purchase a vital new MRI scanner for the hospital.
The cook off is one of the final events to be held before the end of the year, in the hope of raising the remaining £100,000 needed to buy the scanner.
For further information on the Five Star Scanner Appeal, please visit their website,fivestarappeal.co.uk.