SOCCER legends Malcolm MacDonald, Eric Gates and Bernie Slavin will rekindle simmering rivalries next week when they compete against each other in a cooking challenge.

The former football stars will be taking part in a Ready Steady Cook-style culinary challenge at Durham County Hall. They will joinDurham County Council's award-winning chefs to celebrate the authority's success in winning the Local Authority Catering Association's team of the year title earlier this year. The 200-strong audience will be asked to vote whether the former Newcastle United striker or his Boro counterpart should win the show, which is compered by the ex-Roker favourite Eric Gates.

After the contest, all three will take part in a football talk-in with the audience.

Brian Tennant, the council's director of Service Direct, which runs catering services, said: "The main emphasis will be on entertainment, but I hope it will give the audience an insight into the standards of cooking and meal preparation of which we are capable.

"There is a lot more to council kitchens now than pie and chips or sponge pudding and custard."

Entry is free, but by ticket only. For details call (0191) 383 3792.