Michelin-starred chef cooks up Christmas dinner for Tedworth heroes

Wiltshire Times: Alan Murchison, second left, with Tedworth House residents Alan Murchison, second left, with Tedworth House residents

Wounded, injured and sick residents from the Help for Heroes- run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, have been treated to a festive cooking master class from Michelin-starred chef Alan Murchison. 

Residents have been getting a first class teaching session from Murchison, who is a huge Help for Heroes supporter. 

Learning about all the different types of chocolate, from all over the world, residents then watched Murchison helping to prep a full Christmas dinner.

Chef Alan Murchison, said: “The facilities at Tedworth house have blown me away and I am so impressed to hear about the support offered by Help for Heroes.

"Everybody I have met here has been so inspirational and listening to their stories you can see that they are all on a journey, and I feel blessed to be able to help them on this journey even in such a small way - by passing on my scare stories about poor nutrition!”

Tedworth House is one of four Recovery Centres run by Help for Heroes, which forms part of the Defence Recovery Capability. 

Tedworth House aims to inspire the wounded, injured and sick and returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives, which will enable them to reach their full potential and to support them and their families for life.  

It is a place of opportunities providing education, training, sport and adventure in a relaxed, understanding and caring environment.  State-of-the art facilities and dedicated staff aid the road to recovery.

Tedworth House resident and Navy veteran, Nick Richardson, said: “It’s been a tough year, but Tedworth House has been a sanctuary.  Getting out of my house for days like this, with Help for Heroes, really helps. 

"It’s been great to meet Alan and see how professionals work in such a relaxed environment.  I love cooking and food plays a hugely important part in our family. 

"We encourage the children to cook once a week and we always sit down to share dinner together.  It’s an important way to keep connected, particularly when times are tough.”

Thanks to British Turkey’s kind donation of turkeys, residents were then treated to the full Christmas dinner, sitting down to eat and learn more cooking tips from Murchison.

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