Two members of the Mountain Rescue Team have had lunch 1,000 feet in the air alongside celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay. 

Last night's airing of Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars on BBC, saw both Alan Littlefair from Cockermouth MRT and Dave Pratt from Keswick's MRT join Gordon in hanging from a harness to have lunch, made by the shows contestants - over-looking over Honister Slate Mine. 

The show which is on every Thursday on BBC one at 9pm, follows a similar style to the Apprentice, in which the contests fight it out to win £150,000 investment from Gordon himself. 

The episode, which was filmed last summer, took about a day to film with the two MRT volunteers had to keep it under wraps until last nights viewing. 

News and Star: CHEF: Gordon hanging as he awaits his lunch. CHEF: Gordon hanging as he awaits his lunch.

Volunteer Dave Pratt, who was a former teacher at Keswick school, said: "I got a message from an ex-pupil saying they had just seen me on TV, I thought I better go home and have a look at it then, it was interesting to watch it.

"We were sat on the ledges for about three hours, there was quite a bit of waiting around and chatting to Gordon that you don't see on the TV. 

"It was really nice chatting to him, he was really interested in all the work the Mountain Rescue Team are doing. 

News and Star: HEIGHTS: Dave alongside Gordon and Alan HEIGHTS: Dave alongside Gordon and Alan

"I was pleasantly surprised because he comes across as being quite a hard-nosed character but he was a really nice to talk to you, I really enjoyed myself," he said. 

The volunteers and chef Gordon were perched over the mine, whilst three teams had to quickly prepare meals that would be a viable option to keep the energy levels high of the MRT. 

After the three judges tasted the catered meals, the red group were the victors. 


"The red team were streets ahead of the other groups, I went back for more food once we were let down," he said. 

The Honister Slate Mine were responsible for orchestrating the safety of the event on the day. 

Gnash Baxter, from Honister, said: "On the day it all went to plan with all staff on my side doing a fantastic job, watching and keeping all the production team safe and in good spirits.

"The production team were a pleasure to work with. They were aware of dangerous surroundings they were working in and they stuck to all safety briefs from my staff members. The day overall was a big success and looked great on TV," he said. 

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