Mayfair butcher welcomes brave 12-year-old

Samuel Collins, who suffers from a rare bone cancer, was treated to a fun-packed trip to butcher Allen’s of Mayfair and hotel The Connaught, organised by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Sam, from Ware in Hertfordshire, was diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma in 2012, and has undergone a gruelling course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as a hemipelvectomy to replace part of his pelvis.

Starlight took the young foodie to two of London’s finest establishments, Allen’s of Mayfair and The Connaught hotel.

Sam and his Dad Kris enjoyed an exclusive butchery lesson from the owner of Allen’s, Justin Preston.

The Hertfordshire boy loves cooking and has a particular passion for meat. He was dressed the part in an apron and a butcher’s metal mesh glove, and was taught to prepare a number of lamb and beef cuts. He also had the opportunity to ask questions about butchery.

Having prepared a T-bone steak, Sam then took it across the street to The Connaught and Alex Gilling, head chef at Hélène Darroze. Gilling showed Sam how to cook the beef, before serving it to him and his dad with black truffle mashed potato and broccoli.

Sam’s dad Kris said: “Sam is fascinated by the world of food and it was an amazing chance for him to see behind the scenes at two of London’s most prestigious culinary institutions. Thank you to Starlight for this fantastic opportunity and to Allen’s of Mayfair and The Connaught for such a memorable experience – he has not stopped talking about it since.”

Justin Preston, owner of Allen’s of Mayfair, said: “I have been a supporter of Starlight’s for a while now and it was a great pleasure to be able to help the charity create this special experience for Sam. He is a very courageous young man and it was inspirational to see, first-hand, how Starlight makes a difference to brave children and young people like Sam.”

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