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PICTURE UPDATE: Thieves take celebrity chef Galton Blackiston’s barbecue as it cools down after TV shoot at Cromer

18:24 17 July 2012

Chef Galton Blackiston lighting the Big Green Egg barbecue before it was stolen while cooling down after a filming session with BBC Countryfile. Picture: PIERRE BUTIKOFER.

Chef Galton Blackiston lighting the Big Green Egg barbecue before it was stolen while cooling down after a filming session with BBC Countryfile. Picture: PIERRE BUTIKOFER.

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Celebrity chef Galton Blackiston has had an £800 barbecue stolen while it cooled down after a television filming session.

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The Morston Hall boss was using the Big Green Egg piece of kit to cook burgers for an end-of-show celebration when the BBC Countryfile team visited Cromer on Friday.

He is pictured lighting the cooker at the Marrams shelter where presenters were helping to restore on the Runton Road.

“Afterwards it was still at about 450 degrees and too hot to put in the car - so we stood it on the edge of the car park to cool down, while we had half an hour in the Cliftonville opposite,” he explained.

But when he returned with brother Jamie the barbecue had gone.

“Either someone put it in their car, but it is heavy so it would have been a two man job - or they wheeled it out of town towards East Runton. They did not come the other way, because we would have seen them from the hotel,” said Mr Blackiston, whose culinary skills were filmed the previous day preparing freshly-caught crab and lobster on Cromer beach.

The chef uses the specialist kit outside the back door of his restaurant kitchen for giving vegetables and fish a barbecue flavour, having been given two of them by the makers for a trial and evaluation.

Mr Blackiston said the company “was aware” one had gone astray, and warned whoever now it that it needed special coals and skills to work properly.

“I would not normally make any fuss, but I am flabbergasted anyone could take it in broad daylight,” he added.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the theft, which happened between 7.10pm and 7.40pm on Friday July 13 to contact at PC Rachel Bould, on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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