BIG BROTHER’S Mr Showbiz is back with a Camptastic Charity Christmas single

BIG BROTHER’S Mr Showbiz is back with a Camptastic Charity Christmas single

BIG BROTHER’S Mr Showbiz is back with a Camptastic Charity Christmas single that is sure to knock the fairy off the top of the tree!!

Mr Showbiz

Showbiz Christmas

YES, Mr Showbiz is back to prove that Christmas is most definitely NOT cancelled and if you can’t go to the party, then he’s going to bring the party to you!

With the dark and gloomy months ahead, this song will put a smile on the faces of children and adults alike – SHOWBIZ!!!

Covid-19 took the UK by storm in 2020 and it has been the elderly that have suffered more than most, with many not even being able to celebrate with their loved ones this Christmas. Therefore, Mr Showbiz has decided to bring his own unique blend of fun, laughter and SHOWBIZ direct to their doors as he prepares to debut the brand-new Charity single ‘Showbiz Christmas’ at care homes across the UK this December.

‘Showbiz Christmas’ is released in aid of Age UK.

“The elderly have suffered so much throughout this pandemic and that doesn’t look like changing soon. I worked as a care assistant from the age of 13 and spent a lot of my childhood with my grandparents. I couldn’t think of a more suitable charity than Age UK to support and bring fun and happiness to our older generation this Christmas.” – Mr Showbiz

The Showbiz Christmas (Socially Distanced) Care Home Tour 2020

3rd Dec                      Fircroft Care Home, Redhill, Surrey

                                    Red Court, Croydon, Surrey

5th Dec                      Copperfields, Rochester, Kent

                                    Chimnies Care Home, Rochester, Kent

                                    Hawksley Hall Community Group, London

9th Dec                      The Arkely, Barnet, London

                                    Green Trees Care Home, Barnet, London

15th Dec                    Charlton Park Care Home, London

                                    Derby House – St Ebbas, Epsom, Surrey

16th Dec                    Thornbury House, Uckfield, Kent

                                    Redstone House, Redhill, Surrey

17th Dec                    Copperfields, Rochester, Kent

                                    Hatfield Lodge, Folkstone, Kent

                                    Bethany Lodge, Dymchurch, Kent

18th Dec                    Holywell Park, Sevenoaks, Kent

                                    St Pauls Church Centre, Swanscombe, Kent

Mr Showbiz (aka Simon Gross) came to national attention in 2015 after his participation in that year’s Big Brother TV series, where he made BB history after being the first person EVER

to be evicted on opening night, lasting just 2-hours! However, that was not the end of Simon as he was invited back in to the house 2-weeks later and lasted a further 30-days, becoming a BB legend along with his catchphrase ‘SHOWBIZ’ (which incidentally he said over 400 times on opening night)!

Simon has had a versatile career, not only as an actor, but also as a presenter, producer, and entertainer. From spending six months as a Butlins Redcoat for the Grand Hotel, Scarborough where he learnt all the tricks of the trade, to playing in children’s shows for the Rank organisation, to playing Benny in the West End production of “Singalongabba” which consisted of wearing a false beard, putting on a silly Swedish accent and miming playing the piano – an achievement Simon felt was a big plus to his CV!

Simon is no stranger to  the world of pantomime and  with over twenty years’ experience behind him some of his  favourite  experiences  to date  include playing  Dame opposite Gladiator Wolf for two years in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, and Smee in ‘Peter Pan’ opposite his great pal the late avenger Gareth Hunt.

His many television credits include: – ‘On the Road with Maureen Rees’ for the BBC in 1997. In 1998, Simon had the privilege to set up Laurence Llewyn Bowen on a ‘Gotcha!’ for Noel’s House Party for the BBC.

In 2004, Simon was asked to be the Second Butler in Channel 4’s ‘What the Butler Saw’ – a six-part documentary on aristocracy. This saw Simon not only being part of a secret panel, but also the start of his unique, off-the-cuff personality bring the screen to life.

Following this was an invitation that Simon couldn’t refuse the opportunity to become Britain’s best cook – which actually turned out to be Britain’s worst cook – on ITV1’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. In those two weeks, Simon learnt what the difference was between an egg yolk and an egg white. Another great achievement was learning to distinguish between a spatula and a whisk.

In 2013 Simon produced the touring UK production of adult pantomime Sinderfella with Miss Devine in the lead playing in London, AXM Manchester and Birmingham

Since leaving the Big Brother house Simon is now working constantly in theatre and television as well as light entertainment and personal appearances, his most recent being on Channel 4’s The Big Narstie Show.

Spinach & Parmesan Mini Quiches

Spinach & Parmesan Mini Quiches


Spinach & Parmesan Mini Quiches


Mostly utilized in Italian-themed dishes such as pasta or pesto, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is much more versatile though and can add unique flavour to all kinds of dishes. The strong flavour of fresh goat’s cheese and the umami flavour of Parmesan cheese enhance the eggs and spinach used in this recipe for Mini Quiche Tartlets exceptionally well. Paired with walnuts and seasoned with aromatic nutmeg, these mini quiches bring a flavour explosion to the taste buds. The size of these tartlets not only proves to be the perfect individual portion for an elaborate brunch with one savoury treat after the next, it is also ideal as a lunch treat, served alongside baby leaf salad or fresh rocket.



For 6 tartlets, ø12cm


For the base:

125g plain white flour

100g wholemeal flour

150g butter, salted (extra butter for greasing and for the pot)

1.5 tsp. baking powder


For the filling:

3 medium-sized eggs

150g fresh goat’s cheese

180ml milk

125g fresh spinach (approx. 110g after cooking)

50g walnuts, chopped

Salt, black pepper and ground nutmeg to season


Fresh rocket to serve

Olive oil to serve


What you’ll need:

Flat baking tray to carry the tartlet moulds

6 tartlets (ø12cm), ideally made from silicone (if moulds are metal, use butter for greasing)

Kitchen scales



Strainer or colander

Mixing bowl



Large spoon for stirring

Chopping board




  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flours with baking powder. Cut salted butter into small cubes and add to the mixture.
  2. With your hands to knead the dough until the crumbs form a uniform mass. Divide the dough into 6 portions.
  3. Place the tartlet moulds on a flat baking tray. Press each dough portion firmly and evenly into the moulds. In case you use moulds other than silicone, grease them with butter first. Chill the pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, wash the spinach thoroughly and drain by using a strainer or colander. Heat a pot with a teaspoon of butter. Add the spinach leaves and half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Cook the spinach for several minutes until the leaves are wilted. Let it cool.
  5. Prepare the quiche filling by combining eggs, fresh goat’s cheese and milk in a mixing bowl. Whisk the mixture thoroughly. Add a dash of sea salt, half a teaspoon of black pepper and another half teaspoon nutmeg to season.
  6. Chop the walnuts into small pieces and stir into the egg mixture. Add the seasoned cooked spinach to the bowl as well, but make sure to drain access water.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan, middle rack).
  8. Take the tartlets from the fridge and carefully fill them with the egg mixture.
  9. Bake them for 30 – 40 minutes.
  10. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a side of fresh rocket.



(Credit to: Castelli/Parmigiano for these beautiful recipes)


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