Life-long vegetarian wants to get more people eating vegan food.
Two former England Cricket stars will be proving that the barbecue is not only for meat eaters! this Veganuary.
In a new vegan masterclass, ex-cricketers Matthew Hoggard and Monty Panesar will be swapping their whites for aprons. All the food will be vegan and cooked on the grill.
'An Evening with Monty Panesar' will see the former England teammates showcase their mutual love of great food at this intimate, ticket-only event.
The event will showcase the versatility of grilling when it comes to meat-free diets and championing the barbecue all year round.
Panesar took 167 Test match wickets for England with his left-arm spin and is a lifelong vegetarian.
Matthew Hoggard, part of the legendary Ashes-winning England team in 2005, has taken inspiration from ashes of a different kind since retiring from the game. He opened a Hoggy's Grill cookery school to share his love of barbecued foods with the world.
“I can’t wait to welcome Monty to Hoggy’s Grill for our vegan cooking night,” said Matthew Hoggard. “His passion for meat-free food combined with my knowledge of grilling will make it a night to remember.
“The ethos behind Hoggy’s Grill is to get people to feel confident cooking and enjoying food al fresco throughout the year, no matter what diet they follow.
"Outdoor cooking doesn’t have to mean burgers and sausages – there’s so much variety and flavour to the food that can be cooked on the barbecue, and I’m so excited for guests to try the treats that Monty and I cook up on the grill!”
Hoggy’s Grill is fully kitted out with a variety of grills and offers a number of packages for customers to try. On offer, there's traditional barbecue fare in their burger classes to flexible three course menus including tomahawk steaks, beer can chicken, seafood feasts and veggie extravaganzas.
All profits raised at 'An Evening with Monty Panesar' will be donated to Monty’s chosen charity, Muscular Dystrophy UK to help fund research and support patients and families affected by muscle-wasting conditions.
Guests will have the chance to talk all things cricket as well as food. The event, which coincides with the fourth Ashes test in Sydney, will also include an interactive Q&A with Matthew and Monty.
Tickets are £50 and include a welcome drink, vegan canapés and vegan main course, a Q&A session and plenty of photograph and autograph opportunities.
Places are extremely limited so early booking is advised.
Written by Kerry Smith.
Kerry is editor of Cross Production's Niche Magazine in Leicester and has a degree in film and journalism. She writes about business news, entertainment, and local people.