Blackpool bosses show off culinary skills in charity competition

Bosses from three of Blackpool’s leading businesses headed to the kitchen last month as they took part in the inaugural Blue Skies Boss Kitchen competition. 

Nicky & Mary Speakman from web design company Code Galaxy were the first to face the music, preparing a trio of starters.

The main was then created by Michael Williams and Anusha Wijekoon from the Winter Gardens, followed by Jane Cole and Sally Shaw from Blackpool Transport with a trio of desserts. 

The bosses were not only under pressure in the kitchen, but were judged on their front of house flair. To make matters worse, most of the hungry guests were their very own employees.

The courses were meticulously judged by Lindsay Campbell and Paul Rowley of Campbell & Rowley, and Rachel Ratcliffe from Rachel’s Yummy Scrummy Cakes. The evening was live streamed on Facebook with the fabulous Hayley Kay acting as presenter.

After much discussion the judges named the dynamic duo from Blackpool Transport as the winners.

Managing Director Jane Cole praised the staff and students at Level 6 Restaurant within Blackpool and the Fylde College, where the event was held, for their help and expertise. She then explained the company’s drive to help Blue Skies.

“Blue Skies is a charity which enriches the lives of so many people. Blackpool Transport will continue to help raise money for this very worthy cause.”

Sally Shaw, Director of People and Stakeholders, said: “Being on the winning team is fabulous of course, but the contribution we all made to raising so much money is far more rewarding.”

Jess Lonsdale and Maddie Leivers, the event organisers, said: “This event was brand new territory for Blue Skies and we’re so pleased that the evening was a success. We’re already on with planning next year’s competition! 

If you know a business who would be interested in taking part, please get in touch: bfwh.blueskies@nhs.net