VIKINGS head coach Dennis Betts swopped his rugby ball for a wok as he created a chicken stir fry at Widnes market.

He was one of several guests to join Widnes born chef Brian Mellor for fun-filled live demonstrations, as part of Halton Council’s Foody Fortnight.

Former Wigan player Dennis, who was capped 32 times for Britain, said: “I do a lot of cooking at home. I have five daughters.

“I love food, I’m really passionate about it.

“As a sportsman, I always looked after myself and knew about diet.

“You can put anything in a stir fry, chop it up and chuck it in.”

Dennis teaches young Widnes players about nutrition and encourages them to cook fresh food.

Halton Mayor, Keith Morley cooked a curry, whilst a fishmonger demonstrated filleting fish and Paul Quigley from Norton Priory cooked with fresh produce and herbs.

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