Sunday 23 July 2017

TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli's newborn baby is diagnosed with cancer

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has confirmed that his newborn son has been diagnosed with cancer. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has confirmed that his newborn son has been diagnosed with cancer. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Jean-Christophe Novelli is a TV chef
Jean-Christophe Novelli, his fiancee Michelle Kennedy and their newborn son Valentino. Credit: Hello magazine
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Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has revealed that his newborn baby has been diagnosed with cancer.

Jean-Christophe and his fiancee Michelle released a statement today to confirm that their eight-week-old baby is suffering from Neuroblastoma cancer.

Little Valentino is currently undergoing treatment in hospital after his parents discovered a lump in his neck, according to Hello magazine.

A spokesperson for the French star said: "Jean-Christophe's priority at this time is supporting his family as they deal with this devastating news, it is still very early days but they remain positive and believe the NHS experts are doing everything possible.

Jean-Christophe Novelli, his fiancee Michelle Kennedy and their newborn son Valentino. Credit: Hello magazine
Jean-Christophe Novelli, his fiancee Michelle Kennedy and their newborn son Valentino. Credit: Hello magazine

"Jean has had to postpone all his immediate work over the next two weeks to be with his baby and support his family but is grateful for the understanding and support during this very difficult time."

The chef, famous for his stint on Hell's Kitchen, runs the Novelli Academy cookery school in the UK. He also opened a restaurant at Dublin's La Stampa Hotel in 2005. The kitchen and dining room, once described as one of Europe’s finest, was taken over by Waterford chef Paul Flynn of The Tannery and renamed Balzac.

The 55-year-old star, who welcomed his third child with Michelle Kennedy, (40), in September, recently told Hello that he was overjoyed at becoming a father for the fourth time.

"I have always wanted three sons and this is the perfect hat-trick. All the ingredients are here for a lovely recipe. It's wonderful to have children.”

It follows the news that singer Michael Buble's three-year-old son has been diagnosed with cancer.

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