Novelli brings out the bakers of Copeland to support flood appeal

By Racheal Grealish

HONORARY Cumbrian and celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli cooked up a storm in Whitehaven in aid of the flood appeal.

Three amigos: Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, attended the bake sale to support the flood appeal.

Three amigos: Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, attended the bake sale to support the flood appeal.

After learning of the devastating effects of the Cumbrian floods, Jean-Christophe Novelli wanted to do all he could to help those affected – and headed to Cumbria on Saturday June 26.

He started the day with a bake sale at Richardson’s of Whitehaven – helping sell homemade cakes.

Mr Novelli said: “It’s always a pleasure to come back to Cumbria – it is like my second home and when I heard about the floods I asked Gerard how I could help.

“This was all Gerard’s doing, today would not have been organised if it wasn’t for him. Many people want to help charities and can, but it takes an incredibly unique and special person, like Gerard, to bring everyone together in such a way as this and I hope we can raise a lot of money to help people.”

He then headed to Cafe West, where the schedule he had was quickly deviated from, as he insisted on a cooking session with the staff.

Tracy Crosby, head chef at Cafe West, said: “It’s just fantastic to have Jean-Christophe come in and cook with them.

He shows them new skills and encourages them, it’s just wonderful.”

Once at the White Mare, Novelli got straight into the judging of the flood appeal bake off – trying all the entered cakes.

There were two separate competitions, one for children – who made fairy cakes – and an adult competition where the creations were endless.

All cakes and bakes were then sold with all profits going to help the floods appeal fund.

In total the day raised £1,121.

Gerard Richardson said: “It’s been a fantastic day and brilliant to see so many people out to support the cause.”

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