A MASTERCHEF champion has refused to let success go to his head as continues to champion causes in his home town.

Worthing resident Kenny Tutt won the TV cooking competition in 2018 and opened his first restaurant, Pitch, in the town in May this year.

Now he has become an ambassador for children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House, which cares for 300 young people across Sussex with life-shortening conditions.

He said: “What really inspires me is the people. Such amazing people who care for hundreds of children and their families through some very difficult times.”

To support the charity, he will be launching a cocktail called The Chestnut Alexandra at his restaurant.

The specially created tipple, a sweet bourbon cream-based drink with an undertone of chestnut, vanilla and Oloroso, with nutmeg and dark chocolate shavings, was named after Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra, who opened Chestnut Tree House in November 2003, and every time one is sold, £1 is donated to the charity.

Kenny said: “I feel honoured and proud to become an official ambassador for Chestnut Tree House.

“My wife, Lucy, and I feel very strongly about supporting causes that are close to our hearts.

“Having two girls of our own and having seen the wonderful work that Chestnut Tree House does for local children and families, really makes us want to help.

“I’m looking forward to helping this incredible cause wherever I can, alongside the brilliant team at Pitch.”