Three teams of consultants from different departments of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh are set to swap their scrubs for chef’s whites to compete in a culinary charity fundraiser.

Consultants Professor Angela Thomas and Dr Angela Edgar, from Haematology, Thanos Tsirikos and Dr Don Urquhart, from Orthopaedics and Ken Stewart and William Anderson, from Plastic Surgery, will go head to head in the Ready, Steady, Cook style cook off, with all funds raised going to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

Guided by celebrity chef Tony Singh, the teams will each cook one course of a three-course carte du jour, with the audience of diners donating what they think each course is worth, and ultimately voting for their winning team with authentic paddle boards.

The creative challenge – entitled ‘Waiter, there’s a doctor in my soup!’ – will take place on Friday 13th May at the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, with the venue, ingredients, Chefs and drinks for the evening being kindly donated free of charge.

All funds raised will go towards supporting RHSC’s move to a new, purpose-built home at Little France in 2017, for which SKFF has committed to contribute £2.9 million in enhancements, patient/family services and therapies.

Ian Pirrie, Owner at the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, said: “SKFF is a charity that is very close to my heart as both my children have benefitted from the hospital facilities, so I wanted to give something back to this wonderful cause.

“This is a major year for the charity as they support the hospital’s move to its new home at Little France, so we’re very happy to be able to donate the venue, staff, food and drink for the occasion.

“It looks set to be an exciting evening and we wish all the teams the best of luck on the night.”

Pippa Johnston, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at SKFF, said: “This cook off challenge is a fantastic way for everyone involved to put the fun into fundraising.

“We are really grateful to the three teams of consultants who are dedicating time from their busy schedules to be a part of the evening, as well as to Tony Singh for playing host, and to the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, as without their generous donation, the event wouldn’t be able to take place.

“We exist to ensure children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness and that they have a more positive hospital experience. We provide enhanced facilities, equipment and distractions and it is the generosity of those who get involved in events like this one which allows us to continue doing this.

“We are very excited to find out which of our consultants have hidden culinary talents, and to see which team will triumph on the night and cook up a recipe for fundraising success.”

 

Members of the public are encouraged to text to vote for and donate to their favourite team on the following numbers:

STEW01 to 70070 to donate £3 for Angela Thomas and Angela Edgar from Haematology – Starter

CHOP01 to 70070 to donate £3 for Thanos Tsirikos and Don Urquhart from Orthopaedics – Main

STIR01 to 70070 to donate £3 for Ken Stewart and William Anderson from Plastic Surgery – Dessert

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