A Masterchef semi-finalist has died after collapsing during the London Marathon, it has been confirmed. Matt Campbell, 29, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and died later in hospital. He appeared on the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals in December 2017, and had been running the race – the hottest on record – for his father who died 18 months ago. Mr Campbell posted on Twitter that it was his second marathon in a fortnight. The Kendal chef was running the race for The Brathay Trust in honour of his father Martin. His target of £2,500 for the Trust which helps vulnerable children and young people, stands at more than £7,000. On 8 April Mr Campbell completed the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. Helen Hokin, who was Mr Campbell’s PR consultant, said: “He was a lovely, kind-hearted and down-to-earth man. I believe he was poised to become the next great innovator in British food. “He was in the middle of a roadshow tour and he had such a way with inspiring young chefs. This is so sad.” Mr Campbell began his career working in Mitchelin-starred restaurants after finishing second in the BBC’s Young Chef of the Year aged 20 in 2009.

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