THE recipe to a successful Bandaged Bear Appeal is simple — just add one MasterChef winner, 10 junior MasterChef contestants and a children's hospital.
Last Friday, 11 of the reality television stars hosted a breakfast for the patients at the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Winner of MasterChef season three, Kate Bracks is an ambassador for the 2012 Appeal. She said the cause was one she could relate to.
"Being a parent I recognise the need for good health care," Mrs Bracks said.
"I am passionate about kids and I wanted to support the appeal.
"It is great to put something interesting into these kids lives when they are going through trials such a sickness.
Kathryn Garton's daughter Andrea suffers from cerebral palsy and had been attending the hospital for five years. Mrs Garton said the event was a nice change for the children.
"It is nice for the kids because it makes it non-clinical," Mrs Garton said.
"She loves MasterChef so she was very excited this morning."
Junior MasterChef, Lily Simpson cooked up the event.
The season two contestant said she wanted to do something for children at the hospital.
"I just wanted to do something nice to help the hospital," Lily said.
"It makes me happy to see all the kids smiling."
Skewers of fruit and healthy pancakes were on the morning menu.
The Bandaged Bear Appeal will go until March 31.
Those wishing to support the appeal can host a breakfast, purchase merchandise or simply donate.
¦ Details: bandagedbear.com.au.