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LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE, Friday 20th March, 2009:

Easter arrived early for kids at Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice in Luton, Bedfordshire this week thanks to kind-hearted celebrity chef Jean- Christophe Novelli.

The chef decided to surprise children at the local hospice by personally hand-delivering them a giant luxury four-foot chocolate easter egg.

However the delivery of the Easter egg was not without incident, and turned into something of a mini-marathon, as Novelli ended up having to personally walk the enormous chocolate egg through Hertfordshire country lanes for three miles, from his award winning cookery school in soaring temperatures of 17 degrees (over 60 degrees F) when his car unexpectedly ran out of petrol and broke down en route!

The UK’s favourite French chef, whose farmhouse cookery school Novelli Academy is at Tea Green, Luton acquired the giant egg this week during his filming of a weekly Easter cookery...

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