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Stephen David and the Crown at Woodbridge to be the Suffolk face of new East Anglian Air Ambulance charity cookbook

28 Apr 2010

As part of the East Anglian Air Ambulance's exciting tenth anniversary celebrations, they are publishing a charity cookbook devoted to the region's best puddings and desserts with contributions from well known celebrities, leading chefs and the public, who so generously keep the helicopters flying in their life-saving work.

The EAAA approached four leading chefs to promote the cookbook across East Anglia in the counties they operate within - Norfolk, Suffolk., Cambs and Beds.

Here at The Crown at Woodbridge we are delighted that Stephen David, our Chef-Patron, has been invited to represent Suffolk. "I am distinctly flattered and honoured to be involved alongside the likes of Galton from Morston Hall in North Norfolk and Martin Lee of the Plough at Bolnhurst, both very respected chefs" commented Stephen.

Richard Robinson, EAAA Director of Fundraising, tells the story so far:

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has linked up with four top chefs and restaurateurs to launch a competition to find the region’s best desserts.  It’s asking amateur cooks from Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to submit their favourite recipes for inclusion in a special fundraising recipe book called 'Pie in the Sky'.

This very special charity cookbook will be launched in the Autumn featuring the winning recipes, together with signature puddings from the region’s best professional chefs and from celebrities and well-known TV foodies. Jean-Christophe Novelli, The Hairy Bikers and Delia Smith are among those submitting recipes.

Recipes submitted for the competition will be judged by the four chef ‘judges’; Stephen David, Chef-Patron of The Crown, Woodbridge; Galton Blackiston from the award-winning Morston Hall in Norfolk and star of Market Kitchen and Great British Menu; Jason Waterfield, executive chef at Kings College, Cambridge and Martin Lee of The Plough, Bolnhurst from Bedfordshire.
The winning recipe will be served to guests at the EAAA’s Tenth Anniversary Ball on Saturday 9 October 2010 at the Norfolk Showground with its creator receiving two free tickets to see their pudding served to guests.
Stephen David said: “We’re looking for undiscovered gems - desserts which are unusual and which perhaps feature the wonderful array of produce we have here in the East of England – our superb home-grown flour, beet sugar and fruits for example. But, of course, we also love chocolate and other not-so-native sweet ingredients.
The EAAA carries out vital, life-saving work across Norfolk and the rest of the East of England. I’m delighted to support its work and I’m sure judging the pudding competition will be a real pleasure!”
Simon Gray, chief executive of the EAAA, added: “We’re delighted to have the support of Galton and other leading chefs as we launch our hunt for East Anglia’s best dessert. We can’t wait to see the finished recipe book, which we hope will prove a popular fundraiser for the charity as we celebrate our tenth anniversary year.”
To submit a recipe by post, please send to Lorraine Hillyard (Pie in the Sky), EAAA, Hangar D, Gambling Close, Norwich Airport, Norwich, NR6 6EG or submit by email to
Pie in the Sky will be on sale from the charity and selected outlets across the region later this year. The closing date for entries is 30 June 2010. The winner and finalists will be contacted by the end of July 2010.
The EAAA operates a 365 day life-saving service across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  It is entirely dependent on fund-raising and contributions from members of the public as it receives no direct government or National Lottery funding.  It costs £3.5 million per year to keep the charity’s two air ambulances flying, to provide the required ancillary operations and to supply the advanced clinical equipment they carry.  Anglia One serves Norfolk and Suffolk and Anglia Two serves Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

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