Denise Van Outen came to Diana Ross’s rescue over the weekend, helping her cook after her set at a festival.
The veteran singer, who headlined The Cambridge Club Festival, was reportedly unable to get the food she wanted backstage.
With an hour’s notice, TV chef Tristan Welch of local restaurant Parkers Tavern prepares a five-star menu in the back of a taxi and picks up ingredients on the way to the festival.
After his earlier set, Van Outen swapped his deck for dishes to help create a gourmet selection of Ross’s favorite dishes.
The menu included an heirloom tomato and chervil salad, Caesar salad, steak with sautéed new potatoes and tender stem broccoli, and samphire, a lemon sole with nut-brown butter.
“When I heard that Miss Ross needed to be fed I knew there were no mountains – I had to go there to feed my idol,” Van Outen said.
“How many people can say that they cooked for such an icon?”
Van Outen and Welch appeared together on ITV’s Cooking with the Stars in 2021.
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He teamed up with Gilbert Holmes, executive head chef at The Ned – the festival’s hospitality partner – to create the food.
Welch said: “When I got the call to come to the rescue and cook for Diana Ross, I told myself to stop in the name of food! I couldn’t let her go hungry!”
The Cambridge Club Festival 2022 took place over three days starting Friday 10 June, welcoming 25,000 festivalgoers, and featuring other headliners such as Level 42, Nile Rogers and Chic and The Jacksons.