Martin to bring charity cooking to new heights

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

Hill climbers and walkers heading up Errigal next Sunday may think they have their head in the clouds when they are greeted by the mirage-like sight of a top chef cooking a tasty stew on the summit.

Hill climbers and walkers heading up Errigal next Sunday may think they have their head in the clouds when they are greeted by the mirage-like sight of a top chef cooking a tasty stew on the summit.

Letterkenny-based chef, Martin Anderson, is set to make the ascent on Sunday morning (April 15) armed with the ingredients for a tasty stew, which he will cook on the mountain top to help raise money for a worthy cause.

From 12 noon to 2pm for a donation of €5 his fellow walkers can enjoy their lunch with one of the finest views in the country.

Martin is giving all proceeds raised on the day to support the voluntary work of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team.

Dubbing himself “Fat Chef Slim”, one of the benefits for Martin will be another milestone achieved in his weight loss drive that has seen him shed three stone since the New Year.

He explains: “I know a few of the Mountain Rescue team members over the last few years and are all voluntary, so I set myself a challenge this year to lose as much weight as is physically possible so I called it ‘Fat Chef Slim’. One of the challenges was to climb Mount Errigal. It was a personal goal and I contacted Donegal Mountain Rescue to say that I was willing to sponsor the food and the equipment if they were willing to take me up Errigal and that we would sell a bowl of stew and a bread roll for a donation of €5, or more if anyone wants to do so.”

He says he is looking forward to the challenge and although he has catered for many outdoor functions in his career he has never cooked at altitudes like this.

Martin is also taking part in a charity White Collar Boxing event this years and some of his fellow fighters have pledged to lend their support on the day.

Each year the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team are involved in many life saving call-out’s but they also have to fund raise to support their work.

Of course, the only storm the organisers will want to see this weekend is what is being cooked up by Martin and that the weather co-operates to bring plenty walkers to the famed mountain.