Posted by Dean Piper On June 27th, 2008

I went off to the HR Owen party hosted by Italian chef Aldo Zilli in aid of Help a London Child last night. The event – held at the HR Owen showroom on Parson’s Green – was a lot of fun indeed.

I briefly saw Aldo before he did a ‘cook off’ against British chef Theo Randall. The pair went head to head supported by celebrity helpers Tamar Hassan and Claire Goose and the battle was hosted by former Pop Idol judge Nicky Chapman.

Aldo’s looking forward to becoming a dad for the second time with his model wife Nikki. She’s due to drop their second child any day now…..


I have to say Tamar Hassan (above) is a top guy and seems to be going from strength to strength with his acting career. As well as appearing in Eastern Promises in that horrendous fight scene with a naked Viggo Mortensen and Batman Begins, he has four films coming out over the next year. He’s completed work on new film Cass, filmed parts for Goal 3 and City Rats and is currently filming for a flick called K. I hope he becomes a big star – he’s a cheeky geezer but highly amusing and always a pleasure to see.


I spoke with EastEnders star Patsy Palmer who is lovely in real life – and not half as scary and common as muck as she is on the soap. She tells me she’s enjoying life on Albert Square and is pleased she has some big storylines coming up soon!
One thing I didn’t realise is that she lives in Brighton and commutes daily to Elstree Studios to film for the show. Bit of a trek if you ask me – but she said she much prefers life down by the sea. Sounds bliss!

My favourite part of the night without a shadow of a doubt was when comedian Rory Bremner stood up and performed a short stand up slot to get the crowd of Prosecco swilling punters ready for the auction. Rory’s had me in hysterics imitating US President George Bush. He said: “The thing I don’t get about George Bush is why he’s so obsessed with merkins.” Rory then proceeded to do an impression of George Bush and say: “I’m proud to be an a-merkin.”

He also quipped that the prize for the auction to win a “Week in Jordan” was the “country, not the slapper”. Classic.

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