Cricketers Jeff Thomson and Alec Stewart with Fat Duck chef, Ashley Hatton, holding up their plate of grilled food.

The Great BBQ-Off

What better way to showcase our award-winning furniture, BBQ and accessories this season than to host an Ashes-themed garden party.

With England and Australia set to go to battle with bat and ball in the coming months and the intense rivalry between the nations reaching fever-pitch, we brought in the best of both nations for a head-to-head BBQ-off.

Alec Stewart, who played for England from 1989 to 2003, and Aussie bowler Jeff Thomson – known widely as the fastest bowler in the world – didn’t mince words as the grills fired up, but who was going to be BBQ-master and who was going to be left stumped?

Each sportsman chose their own dish to prepare, with Stewart opting for a stacked burger, and Thomson choosing a traditional steak and prawn combo.

Download the recipes for the stacked burger or the steak and prawn combo to create your own BBQ feast.

The pair’s efforts were overseen by professional chef Ashley Hatton, who holds the position of Head of Development at Michelin-starred Fat Duck Group. In the interest of fair play, the competitors were given identical charcoal BBQs – a Hub from Heston Blumenthal’s Everdure collection.

Whilst Alec and Jeff were experts with a bat and ball, with over 180 Test Match appearances between the pair, it was clear to see that they were out of their comfort zone and not wanting to let their country down. As we powered up the Fast Flame Ignition System™ on the HUB both Alec and Jeff were giving Ashley a grilling of their own to try and secure top BBQ cooking tips and gain an advantage ahead of the culinary clash.

View our video to find out who would triumph in the Kettler Ashes BBQ Off!

Get The Look – if you’re feeling inspired and looking to get your outdoor space ready for a summer garden party, here’s our products as featured.

Get set for summer in style with the latest, luxurious garden furniture from Kettler

One of our most popular ranges, the Palma Collection is part of the modern Casual Dining concept. The outdoor wicker furniture gives you flexibility with wicker and rattan furniture for both the garden and conservatory. Enjoy sofas for lounging and tables for dining on. Palma sets come in a choice of sizes, with the Palma Corner to the Palma Cube as well as individual armchairs and benches for additional seating.

With comfort at its absolute core, the Palma collection features ultra-soft cushioning on all seating with double piping for extra support. The cushions are UV, stain and shower resistant, and all furniture pieces are made from weather-proof wicker, handwoven with a 5mm half-round weave on square-tube aluminium frames for low maintenance and strength. This season’s must-have is available in your choice of rattan or white wash.

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Become the ultimate outdoor entertainer with the Everdure HUB BBQ

For the ultimate charcoal cooking experience, look no further than the HUB BBQ from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal. With its Fast Flame Ignition System, you can get your charcoal burning at the perfect temperature in just ten minutes.

The ideal balance of function and form, the HUB comes with a subtly integrated rotisserie that means you can perfectly cook that show-stopping suckling pig or a whole chicken for all to enjoy!

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