Radio star Helen Blaby to help host Chron’s Kitchen contest

Helen Blaby will help host Chron's Kitchen.
Helen Blaby will help host Chron's Kitchen.

TWO popular radio presenters have volunteered to feel the heat in the kitchen to help host the Chron’s latest fund-raising event.

BBC Radio Northampton presenters, John Griff and Helen Blaby, will host the cook-off heats and grand final of the Chron’s Kitchen event, in aid of the Chronicle & Echo’s charity appeal.

John, who presents his radio show every weekday from 2pm to 4pm, will host the cook- offs for the event, which will raise funds in aid of the Chron and Macmillan Cancer Support’s £1.55 million appeal to fund a new blood cancer treatment unit at Northampton General Hospital.

The heats will start next Tuesday when six novice chefs – Cobblers chairman David Cardoza, soon-to-be Saints chairman Leon Barwell, Northamptonshire County Council chief executive Paul Blantern, Northampton Borough Council chief executive David Kennedy and town estate agents Simon Hill and Simon Bond – will go head-to-head in the kitchens of The Albero Restaurant, in Lower Mounts, Northampton.

John said: “As one who regularly burns water it will be good to watch some of the county’s highest profile characters show off their culinary skills.”

The cook-offs will culminate with a grand final, when one winner will take on ex-England cricketer Allan Lamb to cater a meal for 50 paying guests, again in aid of the appeal.

Helen Blaby, who presents the latest news, sport and a section of music every weekday between 4pm and 6pm on BBC Radio Northampton, will be the host for the final.

She said she was looking forward to picking up some culinary advice, and added: “I am such a rubbish cook, it will be good to get some tips.”

The Chron’s Kitchen grand final will take place on Friday, June 17 at The Albero Restaurant. Tickets for the final cost £60 and include a four-course meal, with 75 per cent of the ticket price going to the appeal.

Tickets are available by calling The Albero Restaurant on Northampton 400800.