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WHAT would you feed your hero? It’s the ultimate dinner-party quiz question and for Prime Minister Gordon Brown it would be a "Chequers Steak Pie” served to Scottish athlete Eric “Chariots of Fire” Liddell.

But TV presenter Fern Britton would serve a warm and tasty gooseberry crumble to all the injured servicemen and women and the people who help them get their lives back on track.

The Prime Minister and his political rival David Cameron join a list of more than 80 celebrities, politicians, celebrity chefs, sporting heroes, war veterans and serving military personnel to reveal the food they would serve up to their personal heroes in new charity cookbook Food For Heroes.

After witnessing the plight of wounded soldiers in Iraq, Squadron Leader Jon Pullen returned from his tour of duty in Basra and decided he wanted to help servicemen and women like them. He founded an enthusiastic team of service people who set about asking more than 100 celebrities and servicemen and women what would you feed your hero?

Published by independent publisher Accent Press Ltd to coincide with the first Armed Forces Day on June 27, 2009,Food For Heroes is the cookery book equivalent of the X Factor chart-topping single Hero. All profits from the book are being donated to the Help for Heroes charity set up to help wounded military personnel.

Full list of Contributors:

Political Figures

Gordon Brown MP - Prime Minister
David Cameron MP - Leader of the Conservative Party
Nick Clegg MP - Leader of the Liberal Democrats
John Hutton MP - Secretary of State for Defence
Stephen Ladyman MP - MP for South Thanet
Tony Blair - Former Prime Minister


Kate Adie – Journalist
Dame Eileen Atkins - Writer and Actress
Bryn Parry - Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Help for Heroes
Jane Wenham-Jones - Author and Journalist
Paula Wilcox – Actress
Aisleyne - Businesswoman and Fashion Designer
Simon Weston OBE - Former Welsh Guardsman
Dame Judi Dench - TV and Film Actress
Edward Fox – Actor
Sir David Jason – Actor
Dame Vera Lynn - Singer, Entertainer and The Forces’ Sweetheart
Andy McNab - Ex-Special Forces and Author
Jim Broadbent – Actor
Bruce Forsyth CBE - TV Presenter
Emma Parry - Co-Founder and Managing Director of Help for Heroes Trading Ltd
Ewan McGregor – Actor
Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor - The Duke of Westminster
Tony Hadley - Frontman of 1980s legendary band Spandau Ballet
Fern Britton - TV Presenter
Hero Bear - The Mascot of Help for Heroes
Ross Kemp - Actor and Presenter
Chris Moon - Ex-soldier, charity worker, leadership consultant
Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian, Writer, TV Presenter
Private Harry Patch - The Last Surviving Tommy

Sports personalities

Ricky Hatton MBE – Boxer
Jonny Wilkinson MBE - England and Newcastle Rugby Star
Sir Steve Redgrave - Five-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Dame Kelly Holmes - Olympic Athlete and ex-Army Sergeant
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE - Britain’s Most Successful Wheelchair Athlete
Colin Jackson - British Athletics Legend


Anton Mosimann OBE – Chef
Ainsley Harriott - TV Presenter, Chef
Peter Gladwin – Chef
Chris Tombling - Head Chef at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Paul Gayler - Executive Chef at Lanesborough Hotel
Chris and James Tanner - Celebrity Chefs
Antony Worrall Thompson - Restaurateur and TV chef
Cyrus Todiwala - Executive Chef of the Café Spice Namasté Restaurant Group
Colonel Ian Blanks - Royal Engineer
Brian Turner CBE - Chef, TV Celebrity
Andrew Bennett - Executive Chef, The Park Lane Hotel
Sergeant Dawn Bailey - RAF Chef
Senior Aircraftman Adam Dover - RAF Chef
Corporal Francesca Allen - RAF Chef
Lance Corporal Nick Gillan - Army Chef

Military - Chiefs

General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue KCB CBE - Chief of Defence Materiel
Admiral Sir Jonathon Band KCB ADC - First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
General Sir Richard Dannatt KCB CBE MC ADC - Chief of the General Staff
Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup - Chief of Defence Staff
Air Chief Marshal Sir Glen Torpy - Chief of the Air Staff
Lady Alison Loader - Wife of Commander-In-Chief Air Command
Right Reverend Thomas Matthew Burns SM BA BD - Bishop of the Forces

Military - Veterans

Warrant Officer Andrew Wiseman - Ex-Prisoner of War
Leading Aircraftsman Raymond Lancaster - RAF Motor Boat Crewman
Squadron Leader John Blair DFM - RAF World War II Pilot
Signalman Martin Ratia - Army Veteran
Lieutenant Agnes Hamilton - Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service
‘KC’ - UK Special Forces
Sub Lieutenant Donald Keable DSC - Royal Navy and World War II Veteran
John Prior - Royal Navy Veteran
Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE - President & Chairman of the RAF Ex-POW Assoc
Lieutenant Mike McClellan - Former Army Officer

Military - Serving

Captain Eamonn Sullivan - Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (TA)
Lieutenant Commander Andrew ‘Tank’ Murray - Royal Navy Pilot
Captain Chris Underhill MBE – Royal Engineers
Flight Sergeant Alan Bowman - RAF Engineer
Captain Dave Rigg MC - Royal Engineer
Flight Lieutenant Paul Duke - RAF Engineer
Corporal Richie Dunse - RAF Air Traffic Control Assistant
Warrant Officer 2 Kieron Conlan - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Squadron Leader Chris Snellock - RAF Officer
Warrant Officer Pete Slater - RAF Warrant Officer
Leading Hand Naheed Tariq - Royal Navy
Lieutenant Colonel John Stroud-Turp - Royal Artillery Officer
Corporal Steve Atkin - Army JNCO and Firefighter
Lance Corporal Chris Haggan - Royal Irish Regiment
Corporal Richard Street MC - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Warrant Officer Al Sylvester MBE - RAF Warrant Officer
Commander I T Roberts OBE - Royal Naval Officer
Ranger Andy Allen - The Royal Irish Regiment
Captain Sally Durnford - Royal Army Medical Corps Physiotherapist
Lieutenant Commander Rich Sutton - Royal Navy Pilot
Flight Lieutenant Tom Humphreys - RAF Engineer
Squadron Leader Jon Pullen - RAF Engineer
Flight Lieutenant Michelle Goodman DFC - RAF Pilot
Wing Commander Mark Gilligan - RAF Engineering Officer
Flight Sergeant Paul Quinlan - RAF Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
Major Jake Little MC - Yorkshire Regiment Officer
The RAF - Nimrod Fleet
Squadron Leader Al Pinner MBE – RAF Squadron Leader
Gillian George - Ministry of Defence Civil Servant
Flight Lieutenant John Gorman - RAF Engineer
Wing Commander Seb Kendall - RAF Regiment Officer
Group Captain Stuart Atha - Station Commander, RAF Coningsby
Lieutenant Jim Berry - The Royal Irish Regiment
Corporal Hannah Simson - RAF Administrator

Offical launch: Friday, June 26, Help for Heroes official cookbook Food For Heroes is launched at the City of London’s Armed Forces Day celebrations at City Hall, London.

For images, sample recipes, interviews, and to find out who the celebrities put on a pedestal, please call Alison Stokes, PR and Production Manager, Accent Press Ltd.

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