BRIAN Rose is used to knocking out opponents, not knocking up a meal for 60 people.
But the champion boxer rose to a cooking challenge for charity, beating off tough competition from Blackpool Football Club players and comedian Joey Blower in a Hellish Kitchen task.
The group, including players Angel Martinez, Tiago Gomes and Gerardo Bruna, helped to raise hundreds of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Research as they made dinner for friends, family and guests.
It was the Blackpool boxer’s simple but tasty meal, of tomato and vegetable soup, then steak and chips, that won the votes though.
It left Joey Blower’s gourmet dish of black pudding on potato gratin with poached eggs in second place.
He said: “I was happy with second place. But I did help Brian open his tin of soup.
“It was a great night.”
Angel Martinez cooked up his signature dish of paella for the diners, who watched the cooking live from the kitchen on TV screens situated around the dining room.
Teammate Ian Evatt enjoyed sampling the meals at G Casino, on the Promenade, on Wednesday night.
He said: “Angel has been telling us for months that paella is his forte, it was pretty good.
“The lads were there for five or six hours, they were very tired at training the next day but it just shows the club has got some great players giving up their spare time for charity.”
The footballers, who admitted they were way out of their comfort zone, used homemade recipes to impress.
Angel Martinez said: “I didn’t realise I was cooking for that many people but paella is my speciality dish, it’s my missus’ recipe.
“It was good fun though and all for a good cause.”
The evening raised £604 for G Casino’s chosen charity, Marie Curie.