Celebrity chefs Ben O’Donoghue and Ben Macdonald will be whipping up a few delicious dishes for blood cancer patients in Brisbane this month.

Billykart’s O’Donoghue and Masterchef finalist Macdonald will be cooking modified dishes for patients feeling the effects of chemotherapy.

The live Cooking for Chemo demonstration on Saturday 23 July will give patients and carers new ideas and tips for creating simple, delicious and nutritious meals that will appeal to their changing tastebuds during treatment.

“Chemotherapy can really affect your diet, appetite, tastebuds, and even your tolerance for certain foods,” explains Macdonald, who went through treatment for leukaemia more than a decade ago.

Common side effects of chemotherapy treatment include appetite fluctuations, mouth ulcers and nausea, which can make eating certain foods pretty unappealing.

Dietitian Peter Rhodes and the Leukaemia Foundation’s Amanda Ferguson will also be at the event to answer questions and give advice about managing a healthy diet while going through treatment.

“Patients are often told to just eat whatever they can during treatment,” says Ferguson, “and Cooking for Chemo aims to get people excited about cooking and eating nutrious meals again.”

Cooking for Chemo will be held at the Golden Pig Food & Wine School (38 Ross Street, Newstead) on Saturday 23 July. Interested patients and carers can reserve a place at leukaemiaqld.org.au now.

A Cooking for Chemo recipe book will also be available for patients and carers at the same web address after the demonstration.