John O'Shea

Stars to feel the heat

by Stuart Vose

O'Shea, Johnson and Bardsley cooking up a storm.

Fiery culinary genius Marco Pierre White is making a return to the Stadium of Light for another installment of ‘Marco’s Black Cats Kitchen’.

Last year’s hugely successful event saw the world-renowned chef host an evening of cooking and entertainment at the home of Sunderland AFC, joined by Sunderland first-team players, who prepared a three-course meal for a packed audience.

And the formidable face of the hugely successful ITV television series ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ will be once again be putting members of Martin O’Neill’s side through their paces the kitchen, with John O’Shea, Phil Bardsley and Adam Johnson each cooking a different course, featuring the finest regionally-sourced produce.

Guests will enjoy the feast, prepared under the Michelin-starred chef’s watchful eye, and then vote for their favourite course. Marco will also lead a question and answer session with the players.

Speaking about the forthcoming evening, Marco Pierre White said: “I am looking forward to coming back to Sunderland for this wonderful event and seeing how the players handle the heat of a kitchen service. We'll see if they are as nimble behind the stove as they are on the pitch."

SAFC’s commercial director Gary Hutchinson said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Marco back to the Stadium of Light. Marco is widely regarded as one of the greatest chefs for his generation and anyone who attended the last Black Cats Kitchen will testify for what a great entertainer he is too.”

Phil Bardsley, who joined White in the kitchen at the previous event added: “It was a fantastic experience to cook with a chef of the calibre of Marco. He was a tough taskmaster but the event was great fun and I’m really looking forward to doing it all over again.”

Tickets for the event on Wednesday 27th February, 2013,  are priced from £100 per person and are available by calling 0871 911 1500 or emailing conf&