Celeb chefs in charity cook-off

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The oven gloves are off... TV chefs James Martin and Brian Turner are pitting their culinary skills in a Sheffield ‘food fight’.

The Yorkshire-born chefs will battle it out over hot stoves on February 4 at The Crucible Theatre in front of a live audience with BBC Look North’s Christa Ackroyd acting as referee, all in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Saturday Kitchen star James and Ready Steady Cook’s Brian will be vying for audience votes at the event, organised by Dronfield woman Kay Simons.

Kay, 53, began fundraising for Weston Park with her late husband and charity patron Professor Daniel Simons 19 years ago and has raised around £250,000. This will be her most unusual event yet.

“There’s never been anything like this done before in the city,” she says. “I love cooking and cookery shows and I thought it would be great to do a live event.”

Kay’s friend David Baldwin, of Baldwins Omega, persuaded TV chef friend Brian Turner to take part, then Brian invited James.

Says Brian: “When two Yorkshire lads come home to chat and cook you can be sure there will be fireworks - and it’s all for the fight against cancer.”

The chefs will also be telling inside stories from the world of celebrity cheffing and giving a cookery lesson. For tickets, £45, call the Crucible box office on 0114 249 6000 or go to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk