EXCITEMENT FOR the return of Gino D'Acampo for the 2013 edition of Stoke Kitchen is already hotting up.
The Top TV Chef will be joined by City winger Jermaine Pennant at this year's event, sponsored by Wrights, taking place on Thursday 10th October.
Pennant is the first member of Mark Hughes' first team squad to agree to take part in the prestigious event when the hugely-popular Italian is sure to serve up a treat at the Britannia Stadium.
The Tony Waddington Suite will be transformed into a superbly-equipped kitchen for the big event, which has proved enormously popular over the last three years.
Rory Delap, Matthew Upson and Michael Owen have scooped the top prize in the previous cook-offs and City will announce at a later date which players will be joining Pennant in challenging for the prestigious honour this time around.
Gino made his first appearance at the Britannia Stadium last year and was an enormous hit, with both the audience and participating players alike.
City's Head of Commercial Andrew Billingham said: "Gino is truly passionate about food and his enthusiasm rubbed off on the players, especially Michael Owen who surprised himself by winning the event.
"We're delighted to be welcoming Gino back to the Britannia Stadium for what is sure to be another fantastic night of entertainment and fine dining."
D'Acampo, who hails from Napoli, shot to prominence in 2009 when he won ITV's 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'
He has hosted 'There's No Taste Like Home' and the popular show 'Let's Do Lunch . . . with Gino and Mel', which also features Melanie Sykes. His first primetime series, 'Gino's Italian Escape', will start a six-week run in the autumn.
Tickets for the 2013 Stoke Kitchen are priced at £1,500 plus VAT for a table of 10 people which includes a three course meal, three bottles of wine on each table and a photo opportunity on the night.
Opportunities to join KMF in sponsoring the players who will be put to the test by Gino are also available.
* For further information about Stoke Kitchen please contact Della Birchall by phone on (01782) 592212 or via e-mail at [email protected].