“I always looked forward to Sunday lunch when I was a child because I was away at school during the week. I loved having all my family around the table and my favourite was roast beef with big fat Yorkshire puddings! I only started cooking seriously when I had my son and I learned a huge amount taking part in Celebrity MasterChef. I like to keep Sunday lunch very traditional and when I’m not working I’ll do a big roast dinner with something like apple crumble for pudding. I think most of us still sit down with family or friends for Sunday lunch so why not do it for the RAF Benevolent Fund, it’s a fantastic way to show your support.”
- Always have a drink prepared for your guests. It keeps them happy no matter how long the dinner takes! In the summer I like to offer Pimms or an elderflower spritzer with apple juice and sparkling water, a squeeze of lime juice and fresh mint leaves, it’s so refreshing.
- Know what you’re going to cook and prepare as much as you can ahead of time; in the run up to MasterChef I would practice my recipes in the small hours of the morning so I felt ready. I took it really seriously.
- Relax; a Sunday lunch should be about family and spending time together, not slaving over a hot oven
About the Great British Sunday Lunch
Whether it is a full-on roast dinner with all the trimmings or a favourite curry, the RAF Benevolent Fund is asking supporters to get together and host a Sunday lunch on Sunday 13th September to raise vital funds. What better way to pay tribute to those who have served their country than by serving up some delicious food?
By supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund, diners will be supporting work to assist veterans, serving personnel and their families who are facing challenges in their lives. The Fund receives no government grants and last year spent more than £18 million supporting 40,000 members of the RAF family, from the youngest child growing up on a RAF Station to our WWII veterans. We do hope you’ll join us in making the first Great British Sunday Lunch a great success.