When Kenny Tutt walked away with the MasterChef 2018 trophy, he vowed to stay true to his roots. In May this year, he opened his first restaurant, Pitch, in his hometown of Worthing – naming it after his family’s market heritage. And now, he has become an Ambassador for his local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House – a charity he has supported for several years.
Before Kenny appeared on primetime TV, he had visited Chestnut Tree House on more than one occasion as his employer, Santander, support the charity. Joined by his co-workers, Kenny spent time volunteering in the hospice gardens – something he continued to do after his MasterChef win was aired in April 2018. During visits, the team got the opportunity to have a tour of the House to gain an understanding of how the charity supports local children and families.
Describing how he feels about becoming an Ambassador for Chestnut Tree House, Kenny said, “I feel honoured and proud to become an official ambassador for Chestnut Tree House. The House itself is fantastic, but what really inspires me is the people. Such amazing people who care for hundreds of children and their families through some very difficult times.
“My wife, Lucy, and I feel very strongly about supporting causes that are close to our hearts. Having two girls of our own and having seen the wonderful work that Chestnut Tree House does for local children and families, really makes us want to help. I’m looking forward to helping this incredible cause wherever I can, alongside the brilliant team at Pitch.”
The first charity initiative from Kenny involves a new cocktail at Pitch. Visitors to the restaurant can now enjoy ‘The Chestnut Alexandra’ – a sweet bourbon cream-based drink with an undertone of chestnut, vanilla and Oloroso, with nutmeg and dark chocolate shavings. The specially created charity cocktail is named after Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra, who opened Chestnut Tree House in November 2003, and every time one is sold, £1 is donated to the charity.
Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this service is over £4 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.