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Celebrity Bake Book

celebrity bake bookWho would have thought that Twiggy loves a slice of Coconut Cake or that the Duchess of Cornwall’s favourite bake is a healthy Sultana Flapjack Bar?

And did you know that former Spice Girl Emma Bunton likes to indulge in Squidgy Chocolate Cake while Joanna Lumley’s favourite dessert is Fancy Bread and Butter Pudding?

These are just a selection of the 150 politicians, actors, singers, models, TV personalities and much loved chefs who have donated recipes to the Celebrity Bake Book which is raising money for the Ben Kinsella Trust to increase awareness of knife crime amongst young people. .

With a foreword and recipe from Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry and sponsorship from food entertainment TV channel Food Network UK, the Celebrity Bake Book is rising to the challenge of becoming the must-have cookbook for Christmas.

Recipes include:

  • Gok Wan’s Chinese Steam Pudding
  • Lauren Goodger’s Rocky Road
  • Lorraine Kelly’s Dundee Cake
  • Gareth Malone’s Orange Almond Cupcakes
  • Mary Berry’s Best Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Nigella Lawson’s Birthday Custard Sponge
  • Barbara Windsor’s Sour Cream Topped Cheesecake
  • Samantha Cameron’s Figs with Barbados Cream

Other famous faces include Jane Asher, Lauren Goodger, Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman, Samantha Cameron, Russell Grant, Leona Lewis, Anneka Rice, Harriet Harman, Rachel Stevens Tamsin Outhwaite, Loose Women Jenny Eclair and Lynda Bellingham, national treasure Barbara Windsor, Downtown Abbey’s cook Mrs Patmore – alias actress Lesley Nicol – and TV’s top celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, The Hairy Bikers, Gino D’Acampo, Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White and Ainsley Harriott.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to The Ben Kinsella Trust.

The Celebrity Bake Book can be pre-ordered from Amazon for £10.49

A Food & Wine Lover’s Auction That Gives Back

Unique experiences await your favorite foodie at Action Against Hunger’s joint online auction with the Financial Times

Global humanitarian organization ACTION AGAINST HUNGER | ACF INTERNATIONAL is pleased to announce a joint initiative with the Financial Times: the FT Charity Auction, featuring one-of-a-kind experiences for food and wine aficionados.

An array of compelling foodie experiences are on offer: back-stage access to Iron Chef’s Kitchen Stadium; personal tours of 14th century wine cellars in Sancerre or weekend stays in Bordeaux chateaus for the oenophile in your life; cooking and dining experiences with culinary legend Jacques Pepin or chocolatier Jacques Torres; and hands-on DIY opportunities to learn from sushi masters, hunt for truffles, and hang with wine experts. Holiday gifts, anyone?

Bids began on the 30th November and end December 21st; all auction proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs.


The Celebrity Cookbook

David Cameron, Gary Lineker, Lorraine Kelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the stars revealing their favourite recipes in a new book for youth charity The Prince’s Trust

The book has been masterminded and produced by a team of nine corporate fundraisers from leading marketing services provider Communisis, as part of The Princes Trusts’ Million Makers Challenge.

Million Makers see companies competing nationwide to raise money for The Prince’s Trust, by creating and producing exciting products with a mass appeal. Teams run their own
‘mini-enterprises’ during the challenge, with the aim of making as much profit as possible for The Trust, from an initial investment of just £1,500.

A-list celebrities from film, TV, music and sport, have joined forces for The Celebrity Cookbook, a collection of top recipes and personal stories about why they chose them.

Gary Lineker, who chose Paella as his favourite dish because it reminds him of his time playing for Barcelona, said: “I loved the life in Spain, learnt to speak Spanish and fully embraced the life there, even managing to learn how to cook one of their most famous dishes!”

Daniella Wainwright, Chairman of the Communisis Million Makers team is hoping to exceed the £10,000 target: “The team and I are having a great time raising money for the Prince’s Trust, it’s been challenging but it’s for such a worthy cause, we are hoping that The Celebrity Cookbook will help our team to the top of the Million Makers leader board.”

Leeds City Colleges’ Thomas Danby culinary staff and students cooked and taste tested all of the recipes, and provided the kitchen location for photographer Orly Lyndon to take shots for the book.

The money raised will help unemployed young people into work or training with The Prince’s Trust.

The Celebrity Cookbook can be pre-ordered now from with all profits going to The Prince’s Trust.

Chefs Unite for Children With Leukaemia

A selection of some of the world’s most famous chefs have come together to raise money to help fight Britain’s biggest childhood cancer.

Under the banner of Chefs Unite there is to be a series of online raffles featuring exclusive prizes donated by nine celebrity chefs.

You have the opportunity to win prizes including a one-to-one cookery lesson with Marcus Wareing and lunch at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, a morning with Heston Blumenthal, dinner with Marco Pierre White, a trip to Paris to have a banquet cooked by Ken Hom, a cookery lesson with Antony Worrall Thompson in your own kitchen or an Italian masterclass with Antonio Carluccio.

The chefs taking part have all been moved by the courage shown by children suffering from leukaemia, and anyone can support the charity by buying a ticket for just £10 from, where you will find details of all the superb prizes.

Try 100 Flavours Of Ice Cream At Mackie’s Open Farm Charity Day

Mackie’s of Scotland is set to host its first ever open farm charity day in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Join the fun between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 6 June at Westertown Farm, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

Denis Emslie, Sales Director, Mackie’s of Scotland, who was diagnosed with the muscle wasting condition muscular dystrophy, , two years ago, said: “We want people to enjoy a great day out with their families and perhaps learn a little about what is involved in food manufacturing. Mackie’s of Scotland has diversified from being a traditional dairy farm to making one of the UK’s best selling luxury ice creams. We already attend farming events like the Royal Highland show but this event offers people the chance to come and see their local farm food producer in action and at the same time help us reach our £30,000 target for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Activities on the day include a charity auction held at 3pm which will feature a diamond daisy pendant, from Jamieson & Carry in Aberdeen, a children’s wooden wigwam handmade for Mackie’s by local craftsmen and a break at the Fairmont St Andrews Bay Resort. Visitors can take part in a guess the Mackie’s ice cream flavour competition which includes flavours such as Maltesers and mint, peaches and cream, mulled wine, geranium, chilli and even English breakfast! There will also be a treasure trail in the arboretum, face painting, a bouncy castle, bee keeping displays, pony and tractor rides, a vintage car rally featuring over 29 vintage cars and tractors and not least, the opportunity to see the Mackie’s cows and calves and the specialist milking robots which are used to milk the cow’s thus providing the world famous Mackie’s ice cream.

For those looking to relax and enjoy the culinary delights of the day, Mackie’s will be providing a tasting of its own special brand of Mackie’s Potato Crisps and a shop which will sell refreshments, home baking and ice cream which can be enjoyed in the many picnic areas located around the Mackie’s farm.

In addition, visitors will also be able to enjoy music from The Gaitherin, a voluntary organisation with charitable status which currently works with young people from Central Aberdeenshire. The Gaitherin hosts tuition festivals based on the musical and cultural heritage of the North East of Scotland and will perform as a band at the open farm charity day.

Phil Butcher, Chief Executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said: “Mackie’s is a fantastic champion of the vital work that we do and the open charity farm day will help us raise awareness of muscle diseases and the devastating impact they have on 70,000 babies, children and adults in the UK. We rely entirely on voluntary donations to fund our work funding vital research into treatments and cures for muscle disease.”

Entry to the Mackie’s Open Farm Day is free. A £5 car park charge will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Mackie’s of Scotland began making ice cream in 1986. Today they have 70 staff and 500 cows.
Mackie’s home is a 1600 acre farm in Aberdeenshire, where the wind, land and cows help produce fresh milk and power for the ice cream dairy. Mackie’s call the process a “design chain” – where the wind provides the power for the farm that grows the crops to feed the cows who make the milk (and cream) to make Mackie’s ice cream.

Mackie’s vision is to be a global brand from the greenest company in Britain created by people having fun. Mackie’s want to build its brand and increase export nationally and internationally, look after their environment and continually reduce the company’s carbon footprint, leaving nothing behind except ice cream!