You’re probably most used to seeing him on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, or perhaps you’ve caught sight of him at Morston Hall while dining at the Michelin Star restaurant. But for an evening in September, guests at Eaton Golf Club were treated to a personal cookery demonstration by none other than Galton Blackiston.
More than 60 people attended the event, which was hosted by Eaton Club Captain Trevor Seadon and ladies’ captain Christine Wright to raise money for their joint Captains’ charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
After canapés and a glass of bubbly or two on arrival, there was a short introduction by Trevor, then it was straight on with the cooking… and sports chat.
“Once Galton had introduced his assistant ‘Mr Alston’ – the highly experienced and skilled Neil Alston, who regularly assists Galton at his Morston Hall cookery demonstrations – it was only a few minutes before he was chatting about his other passion, sport,” said Trevor.
Golf clearly figures highly alongside cricket, football and shooting in the range of sports Galton enjoys. Like many first-time visitors to Eaton, he also expressed his surprise at discovering such a beautiful course and golf club so close to the city centre.
“I’ve done lots of cookery demonstrations, but this was the first time I’ve cooked at a golf club,” said Galton. “I’m a golfer myself, and I’m really looking forward to accepting the Captain’s invitation to play at Eaton.”
The demonstration consisted of five dishes that were designed to give guests lots of new ideas and recipes that are achievable at home.
“It was a highly personal performance,” said Trevor. “Galton entertained his audience with many humorous anecdotes, and plenty of repartee with Mr Alston and members of the audience, who were not slow in providing a few laughs themselves along the way.”
Ladies’ Captain Christine Wright thanked Galton and Neil for a wonderful evening’s entertainment, before raffling off several Morston Hall goodies.
Top prize of a Sunday Lunch for two with a flight of wines at Morston was won by Rosemary and John Pearson, generously donated by Galton for what he said is a cause very close to his heart.
“I get asked to do all sorts of charity events, but Alzheimers is something that affects most families at some point,” said Galton.
Speaking afterwards, Christine said: “We are so pleased that the evening, conceived of almost two years ago, has finally come off and clearly delighted so many enthusiastic people.”
The evening was a great success, concluding with a book signing and photo session, and raising more than £1,300 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“Visitors had come from all over the county, even as far as Hunstanton, and they left with a broad smile on their faces and some recipes to try at the earliest opportunity!,” said Trevor.