Out the frying pan...
TOO many cooks are supposed to spoil the broth... but that certainly wasn't the case when 20 of the UK's top chefs came together in the same kitchen.
The band of celebrated foodies all crammed around the stoves at Mere Golf and Country Club to create the perfect four-course dinner for guests at a Â£200-a-head charity bash.
The chefs were all brought together by Michelin-starred chef Nigel Haworth, from Lancashire restaurant Northcote Manor.
The gourmands, including celebrity chefs Brian Turner, Simon Rimmer, Andrew Nutter and Paul Heathcote, Michelin-starred chefs Mark Teasdale, Simon Radley, Rupert Rowley, Gary Foulkes all gave their time for free - and brought their own food and wine along with them to prepare the meals for the assembled guests.
The idea came from fundraiser Racheline Garston, who has already raised an incredible Â£550,000 for The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester
She decided to ask her chef friend Nigel if he could rope some of his pals in for the spectacular gourmet event, which raised another Â£25,000.
And when The Diary was granted an audience in the crammed kitchen, the chefs were all full of praise for Nigel and his efforts.
Ready Steady Cook star Brian Turner, who prepared a traditional northern pudding and pie supper for the event, said: "Nigel is like a lot of chefs, he's honest, genuine and really knows his stuff. But when he asks you to do something, you generally do it.
"It's been chaotic, but also very funny."
And though chefs are known for their, ahem, colourful language, things were rather convivial in this particular kitchen.
Cheshire chef Simon Rimmer, who was in charge of a vegeterian meal at the bash, said: "We all share a lot of history so it was great to get together like this."
Meanwhile Rochdale chef Andrew Nutter joked: "There have been a few egos, like Brian - he came in early just to get his own kitchen!
"But we've all got different kinds of skills and the experience has meant we've been able to learn things from one another."
Before Brian chipped in: "Can I just rephrase that, Nutter has been learning new skills off us."
And with so many Michelin stars in one place, I couldn't resist gauging opinion on the continuing debate about Manchester's sad lack of a venue with the prized culinary award.
Nigel Haworth, who has retained his Michelin Star for 12 years at his Lancashire venue, said he has bold plans to bring fine dining to Manchester before too long.
"I will in the next two years be looking to open a restaurant in Manchester," he admitted.
"I think the main concern is, can Manchester support a fine dining restaurant 24/7?
"Will the people of Manchester support fine dining not just on Friday and Saturday night, but all through the week? If you want a Michelin-star quality restaurant, people have got to want to put their hands in their pockets and pay for quality wine and quality food."
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