Come Dine with Kids as they test their skills

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DISABLED youngsters will put their cooking talents to the test when they prepare a full three-course dinner for paying customers.

The team of eight, aged from 16 to 25, will be preparing the sumptuous meal along with help from the regular kitchen staff and chefs at the Alverbank Hotel in Stokes Bay, in the event dubbed Come Dine with Kids.

The night is organised by the Kids charity, which cares for disabled and disadvantaged young people up to 25 and has its centre in Salterns Lane, Fareham.

Kids’ fundraising manager Matt Wilkinson said: ‘This is a great opportunity for disabled young people to get valuable work experience, have some fun and help raise funds to support our pioneering work.

‘It can be difficult to get disabled young people good work experience, so this is wonderful for them.

‘Not only do they get that experience, it is also great for their self-confidence and self-esteem.

‘And they get to see what it’s like working in a real kitchen.’

The hotel owner Karen Morgan added: ‘Kids does wonderful work locally and we hope that Come Dine with Kids will help raise lots of money for a great cause.’

Tickets for the event tomorrow, with dinner starting at 7.30pm, are £19 for three courses and entertainment will be provided by a young pianist with vocals by local singer Izzey Mills.

To book a table or for more information call (01329) 312312.

Kids started the event last year and hopes it will remain an annual occasion.