Twelve's Kitchen Hero 2010!

Sean O'Brien from Bispham is Twelve's Kitchen Hero 2010!

Sean O'Brien

The Blackpool Victoria Hospital Bio Medical Scientist emerged as the winner at the fund-raising cook -off at Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar at Marsh Mill, Thornton Cleveleys, last night after a very close call!

Adam Blakey

Two candidates competed under the banners of Twelve’s signature dessert dishes – the Banana Butty and Tangerine Dream and served more than 60 diners. They were joined by two commis chefs from BBC Radio Lancashire: Producer Alison Brown and Presenter Sally Naden.

Judges Robin Duke, Blackpool Gazette Entertainment Editor and Restauranteur Michael Golowicz were unable to reach a conclusive decision so there was a 'Ready Steady Cook' style audience vote which confirmed Sean as the victor over his opponent Adam Blakey, a web designer from Cleveleys.

Sean was presented with an engraved kitchen knife, and both contestants were showered with goodies from the new Twelve Corner Shop - due to open at the beginning of November.

The event was part of Twelve's 10 year anniversary celebrations to raise money for Trinity Hospice; there was a live video kitchen link-up with compere and vocalist Paul Guard giving interviews from the kitchen!

Tangerine Dream Vs Banana Butty
Caroline Upton, Front of House Proprietor of Twelve praised both Adam and Sean along with their Commis Chefs for their tremendous efforts.

"Both guys performed magnificently - they were brilliant in the kitchen and really embraced the whole experience. They put in a twelve hour shift at Twelve - and we can't thank them enough for giving their time and effort to take part."

Sean, in the Tangerine Team with Sally Naden, served two starters: Duck a l'orange salad and potted chicken liver pate followed by two main courses of rib-eye steak with chunky chips and a blue cheese sauce, and grilled hake.

He said: "This has been a fantastic experience; the result was a really close call. We have been made to feel so welcome here at Twelve and it's been an incredible insight into how chefs work."

Sean’s Commis Chef, BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Sally Naden, said she was impressed by the incredible team spirit in the kitchen.

“The guys really involved us, it’s been fantastic. During the afternoon when we were preparing the food it was quite relaxed, almost pedestrian but as soon as service kicked in, it was like jumping to fast-forward. There was an incredible buzz and I heard only one swear word, so Gordon Ramsay, eat your heart out!”

Adam, in the Banana Butty Team with Alison Brown, served starters of butternut squash soup, and prawn and courgette linguine followed by main courses of chicken breast and chorizo, and shank of lamb.

He said: "I’ve had a great time - it's been absolutely brilliant. Everyone has been so friendly and it’s been superb to work at Twelve, but I have to say that I won’t be giving up my day job!"

Adam’s Commis Chef Alison Brown said: “What a wonderful experience! It has given both Sally and I a totally new respect for what chefs do."

Banana Butty Commis Chef Alison Brown of BBC Radio Lancashire with team mate and Twelve Chef Aaron Watson

Banana Butty Team in action

Superb contestant Adam Blakey

Thank you to everyone who supported the event!