Post by Everton News. on Apr 13, 2017 18:14:20 GMT
Unsy Crowned Ultimate Chef
Under-23s boss the 'King of the Kitchen' as £5,000 is raised for Home Is Where The Heart Is.
Under-23s manager David Unsworth was crowned the king of the kitchen at the inaugural Everton Ultimate Chef event on Wednesday night as over £5,000 was raised for ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’.
The former Toffees defender was up against Leon Osman and Peter Reid at the city centre Pullman Liverpool Hotel and took home the trophy when his beef main course was voted the best dish of the night by the diners in attendance.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka was also on hand to meet supporters, along with Club Ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin, who dined with the sponsors for the evening, Tilney.
Ossie provided a starter of smoked haddock fishcakes and Reidy served up a vanilla cheesecake for dessert, as five members of the Premier League 2 title-chasing Under-23s squad acted as waiters for the evening.
Joe Williams, Liam Walsh, Mateusz Hewelt, Morgan Feeney and Antonee Robinson looked slightly sheepish as they ferried plates and dishes around the restaurant, chatting to fans as they went!
“It was a terrific night, great fun and we raised a lot of money,” said Unsworth after he’d been handed the Ultimate Chef trophy by Anne-Marie Atkins from Tilney. “Ossie and Reidy have been brilliant all night and I can tell you it was quite competitive in that kitchen.”
Ossie made third place on the night, with Peter as runner-up, however Snods felt the final decision was a bit harsh on the junior of the three chefs.
“Leon’s starter was the best for me,” he said. “And I’m not sure how much input Reidy had into the dessert to be honest, but that was nice as well. My congratulations, though, go to the man of the night, Unsy!”
The evening, hosted by the Club’s Publications and Broadcast manager Darren Griffiths, was rounded off with a charity auction to further swell the coffers of the ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ campaign.
All of the money raised will go towards amassing the £230,000 needed to fund and develop a supported living-initiative for young people in Liverpool, delivered by the Blue’s official charity, Everton in the Community.
The funds raised will be used to purchase, and operate, a house close to Goodison Park, which will offer 16 to 23-year-olds who have fallen on hard times, or have perhaps fallen out of the care system, a place to stay in Liverpool.
Aside from offering young adults a roof over their head in difficult times, the Club’s official charity will play a large part in their development by providing them with access to key services, including health and wellbeing support and assistance with education employment and training, as well as encouraging them to contribute to the local community through the NCS programme and volunteering.
To support the ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ fundraising campaign, click here.