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Prince William judges charity cook-off in support of Pledge150

Prince William had the chance to judge a charity cook-off today between the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and LandAid, all in support of Pledge150.

The Duke of Cambridge had no problem getting in on the action, critiquing the chefs on their renditions of mackerel with citrus dressing, sesame seeds and heritage carrot.

“Is that it?” teased the second-in-line when viewing Sean Tompkins, chief executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and his partner, Rihana Senay.The 21-year-old Senay is a student but has been homeless three times from the age of 14. 

“Is there anything on that?” William further taunted, evoking laughter from the audience. 

“I do like cooking, but I’m not very good,” Prince William commented. 

Adding on: “I like a roast. So a bit of roast chicken or a steak,” he said. “I like it medium rare. I like it quite alive.”

Additionally to the cook-off, Prince William gave a speech about his determination to end homelessness.

“Homelessness affects every single community across the country. Shelter’s figures this month must shock us all – at least 1 in 200 people in this country sleep rough or do not have a secure home,” the Duke said.

“When I meet young people in this situation, I see the very human face of this outrageous statistic, I hear the individual stories of young people who have lived through, or are living through, this situation now.

“I am determined to do what I can to help end the situation where bright, able, and ambitious young people are left vulnerable and without a future.”

Kensington Palace tweeted out that “The money raised from the Pledge150 campaign will fund 150 bed spaces for young people currently at risk of homelessness across the UK.”

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