Chefs cook up $3000 to hospice cause
By SVEN HERSELMAN The Masterclass for Hospice cooking demonstration held at the Floor Pride Civic Theatre in Blenheim last month raised $3000 for Hospice Marlborough.
Two of the chefs who hosted the show Jan Bilton and Robyn Martin presented the proceeds to hospice last week.
Hospice Marlborough fundraising and events co-ordinator Sandy Inwood says they are thrilled with the donation, which will go towards their general running costs.
‘‘We are able to get donations for individual projects fairly easily, but getting funding for our $500,000 a year operating costs is much more difficult,’’ she says.
The show certainly lived up to its hype, with Jan, Robyn and well-known Marlborough chef Chris Fortune delivering an entertaining and interactive demonstration. There were also plenty of give aways thanks to their main sponsors Silver Fern Farms, Sealord and ASB.
Unfortunately the show didn’t attract the turnout the organisers were hoping for.
‘‘We had about 150 people, but we would have loved twice as many.
‘‘It was a fun night though and we feel it went really well,’’ Jan says.
The three chefs are no strangers to live cooking shows and pulled off a slick performance, despite never having done a demonstration together before. Great dish: Marlborough food writers and cooks Jan Bilton, left, and Robyn Martin present a cheque of $3000 to Hospice Marlborough fundraising and events co-ordinator Sandy Inwood. Photo: SVEN HERSELMAN
‘‘There were many things that didn’t go to plan, but that’s cooking – we just worked through it,’’ Jan says.
The amount of work that goes in before hand is huge, and a full day is set aside just for prepping the ingredients, Robyn says. Luckily the usual postdemonstration chore of washing up a car full of dirty pots and pans was lessened by their backstage crew.
‘‘We had Jenny Fyfe and Trudy Frew helping out behind the scenes.
‘‘They were great and made such a difference,’’ Robyn says.
The three would consider doing a similar show in the future for hospice, but not in the next year.
‘‘We are really grateful for the effort they went to and this wonderful donation,’’ Sandy says.