Day centre visitors get tips from Horsham masterchef

Masterchef winner Steven Edwards visits the cookery class of the Strawford Centre for people with learnindg disabilities. Pictured are some of the day guests with Steven and West Sussex County Council cabinet member for adult social care and health Peter Catchpole - picture contributed by WSCC

Masterchef winner Steven Edwards visits the cookery class of the Strawford Centre for people with learnindg disabilities. Pictured are some of the day guests with Steven and West Sussex County Council cabinet member for adult social care and health Peter Catchpole - picture contributed by WSCC

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Horsham’s winner of BBC’s Masterchef, has shared his skills with visitors of an adult day centre before enjoying a pasta lunch with them.

Steven Edwards, the Professionals 2013 winner, was recently at the weekly cookery class at the Strawford Centre for people with learning disabilities. They all got their hands dirty with pasta and ended the morning enjoy a lunch together.

Support worker Sarah Shepherd, who leads them said: “The guys always choose what they are going to cook. We cook hot lunches and we like to get them involved in this as much as we can.”

The day centre is run by West Sussex County Council’s adult services team.

Cabinet member for adult social care and health Cllr Peter Catchpole was also there. He said: “It’s great a personality like a masterchef to give up his time for this activity.

“It means so much. He is getting his hands dirty but all these people will remember this for a long time. It’s a wonderful experience.”

Centre customer, Jane, said: “It has been brilliant. I have made lots of pasta. I loved making all of it.”

Steven was known in the Horsham area for running the kitchen at South Lodge. More recently he has set up his own consultancy company called ‘etch’.

He said: “I had great fun meeting all the day centre customers and making pasta with them.

“They were all really enthusiastic. Thank you for welcoming me along.”

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