14th November, 2017
Due to the huge success of his last charity pop up kitchen in aid of Headway Cambridgeshire, Newmarket chef and Master Chef: The Professionals contestant Jamie Mountford has cooked up a storm once more.
This time the venue for the event on the 11th November was The Black Horse in Swaffham Bulbeck where 60 lucky guests enjoyed an East meets West tasting menu. Paula Pryke OBE provided the flowers and Norfolk’s TV chef Charlie Hodson was part of the team in the kitchen.
Jamie, who works as a chef at the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, was very close to his father, Eric, who suffered a brain injury as the result of a stroke. Eric Mountford received help from his local Headway and Jamie wanted to raise money for the brain injury charity in recognition of the support his father and family received.
“This charity deserves my support because when my father had a stroke and had difficulty in adjusting to his change in circumstances; he couldn’t read, drive or use parts of his body as previously and sometimes wished that he had died. Headway came along, picked him up and restored his happiness. With its support, my father improved and learned how to deal with life.”
The event was fully booked and was supported by many local businesses and organisations- There were raffle prizes for tables for 2 at some of the best eateries in the area- The Weeping Willow, The Tack Room, The Blue Lion, The Shed, The Architect and The Anchor. There was a signed book and a Christmas wreath from Paula Pryke, a Discover Newmarket Tour, goody bags from G’s Fresh and speciality crates of beer from Charles Wells. Place Setting loaned the cutlery and plates, P.J. Sands provided steaks and the Stickleback Fish Company donated smoked salmon.
Headway Camridgeshire would like to thank Jamie and the whole team for their efforts and the mighty £2500 they raised for us.
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”