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Foxy the Flambé Firefighter

28/4/2017

Gary Fox and Neil Morrissey
Gary Fox and Neil Morrissey

One of our Station Managers got more than he bargained for when he popped in to oversee the cooking at a local charity event.

“When I heard about the event I was keen to get involved as Douglas Macmillan is a charity which is personally very close to my heart. The organisers thought it would be novel for me to oversee the flambé cooking, so it was quite ironic that I actually needed to get hands on!"

Gary Fox, Station Manager

Gary Fox, who works at Headquarters and Stone Community Fire Station, was supervising the flambé cooking at the Plume of Feathers last night (Thurs) when the chef accidentally set fire to a paper roll.

The pub in Barlaston held a Hell’s Kitchen event to raise cash for Douglas Macmillan Hospice, with 70 diners being cooked a feast by Neil Morrissey, Nick Hancock, Paul Fairclough, Charlie Lawson and Joe Clarke, with additional street food being served outside the pub.

Gary was on hand to safely extinguish the paper roll. Thankfully, no one was injured (only the chef’s pride left singed) and the paper was quickly extinguished by Gary, who gave up his own time to support the charity event.

Flambe fire

Gary said: “When I heard about the event I was keen to get involved as Douglas Macmillan is a charity which is personally very close to my heart. The organisers thought it would be novel for me to oversee the flambé cooking, so it was quite ironic that I actually needed to get hands on!


“Of course cooking safety is a serious matter and I’m glad I was there to step in but it was also good to be part of the fun for a very worthwhile charity.”