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The cup that cheers

Friday, 19 October 2012


Head chef Darren Walker of St Leonards Hospice in York, has turned traditional favourite dishes into smoothies for his patients who struggle to eat.  (L-R) Cottage pie, traditional chicken Sunday dinner, fish chips and mushy peas, roasted veg and butter bean casserole. Picture: Minikin

Pic from Daily Telegraph

6 comments on “The cup that cheers

  1. Thursday 25th October 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Darren – you should be proud! Your thoughtfulness and skill are …well, I want to say ‘gobsmacking’ 😉 Truly, it was a joy to see these pictures and to read about the idea of presenting patients with these yummy meals. I hope this will inspire other chefs around the country to see what imagination and care can do. You deserve the recognition and the praise.

  2. Darren Walker

    Thursday 25th October 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I would like to thank everyone for the great feedback, really enjoyed my day at This Morning, definitely the proudest moment in my career. Everyone at This Morning were brilliant & very welcoming Many thanks.

  3. Tuesday 23rd October 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Imagination+skill+compassion – an award-winning, gold star recipe.

  4. Monday 22nd October 2012 at 10:15 pm

    This is amazing and so beautifully presented – ‘the first bite is with the eye’ – what a blessing he must be to the patients. Giant gold star to Darren.

  5. Nichola

    Monday 22nd October 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I am so very proud of my big bro Darren he deserves this and is very clever 🙂

  6. Kathryn Edwards

    Monday 22nd October 2012 at 2:37 pm

    God bless Darren Walker.

    Might we invite him to contribute a few words?

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