England opener, leading Test match run-scorer and former captain Alastair Cook helped Marylebone school children bake chocolate brownies at Lord's.
The man known to team mates as Chef was joined by pupils from St Edward’s Primary School on April 28 at the home of cricket, where he showed off his culinary skills before taking the children on a special guided tour of the Lord’s Pavilion .
The event was to promote the annual Chance to Dine fundraising event, which takes place in September, and sees four people from the world of cricket face-off, each cooking a course for the guests.
The event, which takes place in the Long Room at Lord’s, then sees the guests vote for their favourite dish with the winner being crowned at the end of the night.
Cook is a three-time winner of the award, while the 2016 event was won by fast bowler Stuart Broad, whose chicken liver parfait beat off competition from Mark Butcher, Graeme Swann and Test Match Special’s Jonathan Agnew.
Chance to Shine is a national cricket charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout state schools .
Since 2005, they have taken the game to over three million children in more than 13,000 state schools across the country.
As well building their cricketing skills, Chance to Shine focus on the valuable character education taught by cricket including communication, leadership and fair play.
Speaking at the event, Cook said: “I hope the children have had a great day today, we’ve had a lot of fun making some excellent chocolate brownies.
“Chance to Shine is a charity incredibly close to my heart and is doing some amazing work to spread the power of cricket across the country.
“They give children like these here today the opportunity to play the game and learn the valuable lessons it teaches.
“Chance to Dine is a brilliant event, a great night and a fantastic way to raise funds for the charity.”
Pupil Abiha, aged 10, said “This has been a very inspiring day for me, to meet an England player and to play some cricket with him.
“One day I’d like to play for England as well. We also got to make some chocolate brownies which was really fun!”
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