Chef prepares meals for elderly neighbour who ‘looks forward to it’ every day


You might recognise Anthony O’Shaughnessy and the delectable meals he prepares.

The 28-year-old was a semi-finalist on Masterchef in 2018. Now, he’s using his culinary skills for the greater good.

The chef, now based in Newcastle during the coronavirus lockdown, has been feeding his elderly neighbour Peter delicious meals every single day.

Anthony began preparing meals a month ago and has been doing it every day since.

Before he gets started, Anthony gives Peter a heads up to let him know what to expect.

When he called Peter to say he’d be making a broccoli parmesan farfalle and lime-frosted carrot cake the other day, Peter revealed the meals were all that he looks forward to every day.

The sweet moment was shared on Anthony’s Twitter page where fans were touched by his generoristy.

We caught up with Anthony, who tells us Peter is actually his late grandma’s neighbour.

Now staying with his mum at his grandmother’s property, Anthony, a teacher at a cookery school, decided to look after Peter as he had done with his grandma when she was alive.


‘I started sharing my meals with him when the lockdown was announced,’ Anthony tells ‘I know he had some health complications so I was worried he would be vulnerable.

‘I started calling him to check on him, and he told me he was waiting for an online shopping delivery, but it had been cancelled twice.’


Peter is in his 70s and lives alone since his wife died. He has lived in the property for more than 40 years and served in the navy.