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Spurs’ Jermain Defoe gets cooking in East Ham with Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food

PUBLISHED: 10:09 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:48 21 May 2013

Defoe in an omelette cook-off with San Channa. Picture: David Mirzoeff

Defoe in an omelette cook-off with San Channa. Picture: David Mirzoeff

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Spurs striker Jermain Defoe cooked up a storm with students in East Ham before joining the lucky youngsters for a kick about.

Defoe playes football with local kids before cooking as part of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food Stratford.Defoe playes football with local kids before cooking as part of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food Stratford.

The England star was a special guest for Food Revolution Day on Friday, a global effort by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to raise awareness of the importance of nutritious home cooking.

Jermain really felt the heat of the kitchen in an omelette challenge against fellow Becktonite Sandeep Channa, an Olympic Torchbearer and full-time teacher at Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Stratford.

But Jermain could have had a slight advantage - as the judge was his mum Sandra.

Jermain and San also gave a chicken fajita masterclass and took part in a mini sports festival with eight local schoolchildren from Rokeby School, Cleves Primary, Brampton Manor, Carpenters Primary, Manor Primary, and the Shipman Youth Zone.

The event was organised by the Ministry alongside Active Newham and Community Links.

In a message of thanks, Jamie Oliver said: “I’m so grateful to Jermain for taking the time to visit the Ministry of Food in Stratford.

“I know he was a huge hit with everyone down there.

“I’m just sorry I didn’t get to taste his food for myself. Thanks again, mate.”


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