Strictly's head judge joins Beth Tweddle at Fazenda for Alder Hey

IT’S touted as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, and it is fast approaching on 15th January.

And in one Liverpool kitchen the knives will be out as surgeons and chefs from Alder Hey go head to head at Fazenda Bar & Grill.

Shirley Ballas, the Wallasey-born head judge of Strictly Come Dancing, joins Beth Tweddle and stars from Gogglebox and Hollyoaks among the guests at the Exchange Flags restaurant on “Blue Monday” when Alder Hey Children's Charity hosts a fundraiser to help develop the hospital’s ward-based chef programme and menus.

They, and paying guests (that’s potentially you) will enjoy a night of food, wines, Brazilian beer and something described as Alder Hey cocktails, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the charity.

Alder Hey Chef And Kid

The kids’ hospital, in Knotty Ash, says a healthy and balanced diet plays a key role in treatment and recovery and every ward has a dedicated chef and a menu specially designed for children undergoing treatment and recovering from illnesses.

Annina, aged three, has cystic fibrosis and is in hospital with pseudomonas. Annina’s mum said: “Because of her condition, Annina needs medication to help her digest food. It’s great to have so much choice on the menu and fresh food, as Annina can be especially fussy and we need to make sure she eats.” 

The night begins with a cocktail reception at Liverpool Town Hall and naturally the blue carpet will be unfurled (well Mayor Joe is an Evertonian. Guests can then make their way over to Fazenda where surgeons will be taking on Alder Hey chefs in the ultimate cook off. Alongside a live auction, guests will be invited to vote for the best dish and crown the Champions of the Kitchen.

Tickets for this event are £60 per person. To book your tickets call 0151 282 4560 or email here.