Atkinsons pull out all the stops for cookery-obsessed Frazer

Most eight year olds are far keener on Xbox than future careers but for Frazer Armstrong it was a dream come true!

The Mosborough Primary School pupil has been obsessed with cooking and food preparation since the age of four and when his grandma, Teresa Gibson, spotted a Masterchef star lining up to do in-store demos at Atkinsons she couldn’t hesitate to enquire further.

Sadly she thought her hopes were dashed when she realised the event fell on a school day and the store arranged for Masterchef star Chris Hale to autograph a pack of food related goodies for Frazer.

But Mosborough Primary School, aware of the potential benefits for the pupil who has been previously diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), granted him the time off.

Frazer was thrilled to meet Chris Hale, learn some food tips and have his picture taken with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Tony Downing.

Teresa Gibson said: “I’m so grateful for Atkinsons and Masterchef star Chris Hale. It was a dream come true for Frazer. He’s a big fan of the show and has never stopped talking about the visit. He has been helping me in the kitchen for years and it looks like he could have found his vocation very early on!”

Chris Hale – who reached the quarter finals of BBC Masterchef – spent the day doing demonstrations of some of his most renowned dishes at Atkinsons as part of the department store’s 147th birthday celebrations.

The day was helping raise funds for Weston Park Cancer Charity – Atkinsons nominated charity.

David Cartwright, Atkinsons store manager, said: “We were thrilled to make it a day to remember for Frazer! It was a fabulous day to launch our new-look cookery department and raise much needed funds for a great local good cause, Weston Park Cancer Charity.”


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