Jane's recipe for success will help Ark

It's a big week for BBC MasterChef 2016 champion Jane Devonshire who is a long-standing supporter of Ark Cancer Centre Charity and the NHS cancer treatment centre project.

Today sees the launch of Jane's first book. Hassle Free, Gluten Free: Over 100 delicious, gluten-free family recipes is published in association with Coeliac UK, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 

And on Saturday, Jane is playing a key role in Ark's major fundraising event of 2018. She has designed the menu for Une Grande Nuit - a special event at the Apollo Hotel that will celebrate the achievements of the fabulous Arkriders and will also hopefully raise thousands of pounds for the charity's £5million appeal - and Jane is also contributing one of the live auction prizes as she is offering to create a fine dining experience for up to eight people in the successful bidder's home.

Mother-of-four Jane has had an amazing and hectic time since she won the MasterChef crown, including appearing at food festivals all over the country.

Jane, from Four Marks, has twice battled cancer – something she did not reveal until after her MasterChef journey was over. She was treated for liver cancer by world-renowned surgeon Merv Rees, who is a trustee of Ark Cancer Centre Charity and a driving force behind the cancer treatment centre project.

Jane’s triumph and the story behind her success has been a real inspiration to many people, and she has been determined to do what she can to support her two chosen charities – one of which is Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Jane was delighted to be invited to design the menu for Saturday's showcase event. The menu will be cooked by Apollo Hotel head chef John Dehelean and team as part of the Apollo's massive support for Une Grande Nuit.

Talking about Hassle Free, Gluten Free, Jane said: “I hope that first and foremost, this book is a series of delicious recipes that you can use for everyday cooking – be it for a special occasion or a simple family supper.

“It’s the things I cook and the little twists that I add that make my life easier and hopefully tastier – it just happens to be gluten free.”

Picture caption: Jane Devonshire, centre, pictured with Arkriders (from left) Craig Killick, Andy Coles, and Mark Dolby, and fellow MasterChef finalist Juanita Hennessey, before the cyclists set off on Ark to Arc in July 2017