Iwan Thomas to appear on Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong

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Gordon Ramsay and European and Commonwealth 400m Champion Iwan Thomas are to link up live on Channel 4 for Exmouth’s Christmas Day Swim. The live TV link will show Iwan cooking a Christmas meal at The Octagon on Exmouth’s seafront and taking part in the traditional swim.

The live link will be during Gordon’s Christmas Cookalong Live (10am, C4, 25 December). Iwan will begin the programme from inside The Octagon with volunteer lifeguards from the Exmouth Beach Rescue Club.

“During the show, Iwan will tell Gordon that he’s decided to spend this Christmas down the coast from his usual residence in Bournemouth to join in with Exmouth’s Christmas Day swim,” said the Channel 4 spokeswoman.

“While he’s there, he’s also going to reward the local lifeguards who regularly give up their Christmas year after year to patrol the beach event, by cooking them a Christmas dinner to remember.”

Carrots and potatoes

The spokeswoman also said that Iwan may ask some of the lifeguards to help him chop carrots and peel potatoes throughout the morning. It’s likely that Nigel Snowshall, a local firefighter and founder of the Beach Rescue Club, will be a key contributor on the day.

At 11am, Iwan will be joining the revellers on Exmouth beach and will lead them in the countdown before sprinting into the sea for his first-ever Christmas Day swim.

Soup too

A later link in the programme will show Iwan serving soup – “a very welcome warmer for the lifeguards”.

Last year’s Exmouth Christmas Day swim was an enormous event, with around 500 people taking part, watched by hundreds more. Many participants raise money for charity by doing the swim.

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