COME and try some pancakes – and do a good turn for charity at the same time.
Whether you like them with maple syrup, chocolate or lemon and sugar, teenager Alfie Stefani will be serving up mouth-watering pancakes on Shrove Tuesday for a special challenge.
The 17-year-old catering student is putting his skills into practice for a ‘Pancake Challenge’ – to make and sell as many pancakes as he can to raise money for charity.
And he is hoping for lots of support for Callum’s Crusade, which raises money for Meningitis UK.
The charity was set up in memory of Fleetwood baby Callum Towne, who died from the disease last year at just six weeks old.
Alfie, of The Esplanade, is ambitious and is hoping to make it as a top chef, and is currently doing a three-year catering course at Blackpool and The Fylde College.
He has always supported his family’s business at the Ferry Cafe and Harbour Amusements and their various charity events including sponsored bike rides for MacMillan Trust.
He said: “I’ve always enjoyed taking part in charity events and I think I’m old enough now to do something myself.
“I’ll be cooking pancakes from 11am to 5pm on Tuesday, which is pancake day and we will be selling them for £1 each.
“Fifty pence of the proceeds will be given to Callum’s Crusade.
“It’s something I really want to do.”
Alfie, who is passionate about cooking, has spent the past few weeks perfecting the art of tossing pancakes ready for the challenge.
So far he hasn’t managed to get any stuck to the ceiling and reckons he has just about got it right.
“I’ve been practising and I think I feel ready,” he said.
He works at the family-run cafe in his spare time with his nan Anna Stefani, who has been helping him with the recipe.
He added: “I’ll be using my nan’s traditional pancake recipe – and of course a secret ingredient!”
Alfie’s dad, Lee Stefani, manager of Harbour Amusements, added: “For the past few years we’ve been to Turkey for our holidays and there’s a lady there who cooks and serves pancakes all day in the hot weather.
“I think she inspired him to have a go himself, it’s quite a challenge to make pancakes all day.
“It’s good practice for him, it will give him confidence, it’s good for his studies and of course, fantastic to raise some money for charity at the same time.”
The Pancake Challenge takes place at the Ferry Cafe from 11am to 5pm.