Celebrity chef cooks up great wish for Matt
When eight year old Matthew was in hospital being treated for Leukaemia, he watched cookery programmes to help pass the time. Last month, Make-A-Wish sent an overjoyed Matt to The Kids’ Cookery School in London for a private cooking lesson with celebrity chef Alex MacKay…
Matt, who is from Christchurch in Dorset, arrived at the school with his Mum, Catherine, and was immediately whisked into the kitchen by Alex. They donned their aprons and got stuck in to learning…from how to chop vegetables to making pasta from scratch (a highlight for Matt)! Matt had an impressive list with him of things he wanted to try, including venison with chocolate sauce and tiramisu – dishes he had seen being made on cookery programmes whilst in hospital. At lunchtime, Matt’s twin brother, James, his older brother, Daniel, and Grandma, Linda, arrived to try the homemade ravioli that Matt had made. In the afternoon the whole family were let loose in the kitchen!
Matt was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) in March 2011. After visiting his doctors he was taken to his local hospital before being transferred to Southampton to have a bone marrow test and then a transplant. Matt’s treatment meant that he lost his appetite, but he has gradually regained this and has decided he would like to be a chef or restaurant critic when he grows up.
Catherine said: “Matthew’s illness still has an impact on me and the rest of the family every day, so it was lovely that his wish meant that we all got to spend some time together. Just seeing him learning and really enjoying something that he loves was wonderful.”
Alex MacKay said: “It was both wonderful and humbling to meet Matt and a really special treat for me – and I hope he felt the same way.”
We're pretty sure he did, Alex - and a big thank you to you and to everyone at The Kids’ Cookery School.