MS Life is returning to Manchester Central this weekend and is set to take on an appetising twist.
Masterchefs from across the region are uniting in the fight against multiple sclerosis by showcasing some healthy recipes for sufferers in 10 cookery demonstrations which will take place over the course of the two-day event.
Though he’s been busy getting ready to divulge his culinary expertise to spectators on Sunday, we grabbed a few minutes with the Hilton’s Head Chef, David Gale, to find out what his reasons are for taking part in the project.
David told MM that he gets asked to take part in a lot of charity demos, but that this one was different.
He said: “I had never heard of anything like this before, but as it happens, one of my kitchen porters who has worked with me for the best part of 5 years now, was diagnosed as having MS about 18-months ago.
“When this opportunity came up I jumped at the chance because there is a personal connection there and I really believe it’s good to do your bit.”
More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS, a neurological condition which can seriously affect mobility.
David said: “Our kitchen porter, Radoslaw, is a fantastic bloke and a big bloke. To see a physically large man who does a physically demanding job not having the strength at times to lift his own arms shows what a crippling disease this is.”
David will be cooking up two dishes at his demonstration: lamb with fennel, spinach and wild mushrooms, and a courgette cannelloni.
He said: “Working on the fact that the MS Society encourages people to keep their family social groups going, I thought it would be useful to create a nice Sunday lunch because it’s one of the most social times of the week.
“The lamb dish is great. It may sound complicated but it isn’t!
“We served the courgette cannelloni at Coronation Street’s 50th anniversary event at the hotel and it was a huge success.”
David says that people are coming to MS Life be entertained as well as educated and inspired, so it will be important for him to talk throughout his demonstrations.
“It’s going to be an amazing event as a standalone. It’s more than worthwhile to support it.” He concluded.
Alongside lessons from Manchester’s masterchefs, the free two-day lifestyle event will see talks from experts and ‘Get Active’ workshops.
A guided Wheel & Walk fundraising event will also take place over the weekend, and organisers hope that it will raise a significant amount of money for the cause.
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the MS Society, says that anyone with a connection to MS will benefit from the information that is available at the event.
He said: “This is the best time for people to find out what scientists are doing to beat MS as well as take part in the more fun aspects of the event.
“MS Life has made its mark in Manchester, cementing a strong presence in the North West region.”