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Eat your heart out, Delia: Norwich City footballers host Christmas dinner

PUBLISHED: 10:16 22 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 22 December 2018

Norwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich City

Norwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich City

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Norwich City Academy players have shown they have as much skill in the kitchen as on the pitch after hosting a special Christmas dinner.

The club’s second-year scholars served up a slap up meal to Canaries staff and top brass including head coach Daniel Farke and shareholder Delia Smith on Thursday.

The players started cooking workshops, led by Head Chef Nigel Ramsbottom, earlier this year to help support those who are currently living with house parents but will be moving into apartments next season.

Norwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich CityNorwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich City

The sessions have seen the players work through various cookery books written by Delia.

The Academy players were split into a kitchen group and a front-of-house group, both of which were busy prior to the event starting.

Norwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich CityNorwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich City

The boys in the kitchen were preparing the Christmas dinner, with Nigel supporting the players while they got on with their jobs.

Second-year scholar, Zach Dronfield, who was working front-of-house, said: “It’s a completely different experience than we are used to, because obviously we are normally out on the pitch training or playing matches.

Norwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich CityNorwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich City

“It’s been good being in a different environment and trying new things. It has taken me and the boys out of our comfort zone, but I’m enjoying it.”

As well as Delia and Michael, there was a host of other senior City figures, including first-team head coach Daniel Farke and assistant Eddie Riemer.

Norwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich CityNorwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich City

“Hopefully he liked the food; there was not much pressure because there’s not too much to mess up, but it’s alright,” Dronfield added.

“Some of the boys in the squad are not used to cooking at home, or just don’t do it that often so it’s been a good experience and all the boys are still learning.”

Norwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich CityNorwich City Academy players hosted a Christmas meal. Photo: Norwich City

Dronfield has said he has learnt a lot of new skills in the kitchen during the workshops, but was part of the front of house team on Thursday night.

“It’s not the hardest job in the world, but by no means is it the easiest; you’re doing different tasks and learning new skills like the way you have to serve the food.

“For example, I have learnt that you can’t serve from the right hand side and should always come from the left. It can be hard because you have to remember quite a few things.”

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