Hot date for top chef at Merry Hill eaterie

TOP TV chef Gino D’Acampo will be turning up the heat at Merry Hill at a bash to mark the first birthday of Eat Central.

The I’m a Celebrity winner will be performing a series of live cookery demonstrations on Friday October 22 as part of a packed programme of activities marking the first anniversary of the popular dining destination. The Italian star will also be signing copies of his book at Waterstones in the mall on the same day.

Kelly Reed, Merry Hill marketing manager, said: “We wanted to mark the birthday with something special and we’re so excited to celebrate with Gino D’Acampo.

“He’s promised to cook up some treats and we’re expecting him to be really popular with the ladies.

The birthday celebration will also include giveaways, games, special offers and live entertainment from Heart FM.

And the party will continue into half term with activities for young and old alike ranging from a tea dance on the malls to a visit from Fireman Sam.

For more information about the Eat Central birthday celebrations visit

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