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Ipswich musician on TV cook quiz show

PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

HE may be hundreds of miles away heading towards a potential war zone.

But it has not prevented Royal Marine musician Julian Cook appearing in front of millions of TV viewers.

HE may be hundreds of miles away heading towards a potential war zone.

But it has not prevented Royal Marine musician Julian Cook appearing in front of millions of TV viewers.

For the 26-year-old, from Ipswich, has been featured on the BBC cookery game show Ready Steady Cook, which is presented by popular television personality Ainsley Harriott.

Julian, who is currently on board one of a fleet of Royal Navy vessels heading for Oman for an exercise in the desert, appeared on the show with his fellow musician Steve Wilson.

The format pits contestants against each other with a celebrity chef to come up with an imaginative meal within 20 minutes from a bag of provisions usually costing around £5.

Julian teamed up with former Anglia TV personality Patrick Anthony while Steve was with Richard Cawley.

But the duo's efforts were not good enough for them to win the £100 prize. For the audience's vote went in favour of Steve, whose home is in the Midlands.

The show was recorded in February and was due to be screened in May. However, that was postponed with the two Royal Marines TV appearance being delayed until this month.

Before leaving his base in Tor Point, near Plymouth, last month Julian said that he "loved" the experience of being on the show.

"Ainsley Harriott was great and it was superb to team up with Patrick Anthony as he has links with the part of the world where I come from.

"The show's producers and staff really looked after us and it was a wonderful day for both Steve and myself."

But today Julian is many, many miles away from the TV studios on board HMS Fearless as it makes it way across the Mediterranean towards the Suez Canal and on to Oman. He is due back in the UK in December.

The campaign in the desert, codenamed Saif Sareea, has been in the planning for over two years but with the terrorist attack on the United States their presence in the Gulf may take on another role.

For Julian, and the fellow musicians who are on the exercise, act as medics during any war scenarios and could be called into action if the US and Britain launch attacks on terrorist groups in the Gulf region.

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