Yummy Brummy celebrity chef Glynn Purnell was armed with his eggs, and he wasn’t ‘yolking’ around when it came to handing them to Beverley Knight, Suzanne Shaw and Matt Slack, and hand them he did, on a plate… eventually.

The Birmingham panto stars were flippin’ eggs-static after agreeing to Purnell’s totally random omelette challenge, as they scrambled to prove themselves to the local Michelin-starred chef, but did they poach the top prize, did they crack under the pressure, or were they left with egg on their faces?

Bad puns aside (Yes, this really isn’t an episode of The Weakest Link), the popular culinary expert joined the all-singing and all-dancing trio at the Birmingham Hippodrome yesterday with a special panto-themed ‘Omelette challenge’, ahead of his visit later in the week to see their performance of Cinderella.

Made in Birmingham TV presenter George Hancorn interviews Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw and Beverley Knight at the Birmingham HippodromeAdam Yosef
Made in Birmingham TV presenter George Hancorn interviews Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw and Beverley Knight at the Birmingham Hippodrome

While at the theatre to meet cast and staff of the production, Glynn set comedian Matt Slack and former Hear’Say band member Suzanne Shaw a food-based test to whip up the best omelette they could, but it was a race against the clock.

Wolverhampton soul queen Beverley Knight had the unenviable task of having to judge the efforts of her Panto co-stars and, in the end, most agreed Suzanne was indeed the winner. Glynn had other thoughts:

“We put them through their paces, we had fun, it was enthusiastic, it was chaotic and produced two awful omelettes.

“Beverley, she didn’t want to cook… so I said ‘You can be in charge Beverley’, and then she decided who won and she went with Suzanne, so Suzanne Shaw is now the 2018 Hippodrome Omelette Challenge Champion!”

Singer and actor Suzanne Shaw in the Birmingham Hippodrome kitchens with her winning omeletteAdam Yosef
Singer and actor Suzanne Shaw in the Birmingham Hippodrome kitchens with her winning omelette
'Cinderella' panto stars (L-R) Matt Slack, Beverley Knight and Suzanne ShawAdam Yosef
‘Cinderella’ pantomime stars (L-R) Matt Slack, Beverley Knight and Suzanne Shaw with their ‘Purnell’s’ aprons

Entertainers Beverley, Matt and Suzanne have been in residence at the Hippodrome since December 16, appearing in festive pantomime Cinderella.

Christmas may be over for another year but the holiday fun continues at Birmingham Hippodrome in the fairy godmother of all pantomimes, which also features Danny Mac, ‘Ugly Sisters’ Ceri Dupree and David Dale and comedy duo The Grumblweeds.

Discussing their eggs-ellent cooking attempt, Suzanne said:

“It’s like one of the best days of my life, I didn’t expect to get to keep [shows off a Purnell’s apron]… I’m gonna actually lie to people who come to see me at my house and say I’m his sous chef.”

Cinderella is on at the Birmingham HippodromeAdam Yosef
‘Cinderella’ is on at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Produced by Olivier-nominated pantomime producer Qdos Entertainment, Cinderella features all the ingredients of the perfect Hippodrome pantomime: a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.

Cinderella runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 28 Jan. For details and tickets, click here.

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