Chef restaurateur Jason Atherton has announced a stellar line up of guest chefs, including former bosses Pierre Koffmann and Stephen Terry, for a day of charity lunches in aid of Hospitality Action.
Atherton’s current six-strong portfolio of London restaurants will take part on 7 June, with the ambition of raising more than £60,000 for the industry charity.
New outpost Social Wine & Tapas will also take part with head chef Frankie Van Loo offering diners a sneak preview, with wines matched by executive group sommelier Laure Patry, before the restaurant opens to the public the following day,
Atherton’s forthcoming Japanese restaurant Sosharu, expected to launch in Clerkenwell this autumn, will also be previewed with head chef Alex Craciun serving 24 guests in the private dining room of City Social.
Koffmann (Koffmann’s) will join Atherton at his flagship Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen Street Social where the pair will recreate some of Koffmann’s classic dishes, while Terry (the Hardwick) will travel from Abergavenny to cook alongside fellow Welshman Phil Carmichael at Berners Tavern at the London Edition hotel for the one-day event.
Lee Westcott will be joined at Typing Room, at the Town Hall hotel in Bethnal Green, by Tom Aikens (Tom’s Kitchen), who gave him his first job at the age of 16, and at Michelin-starred City Social, Paul Walsh will partner with Ollie Dabbous (Dabbous).
Commenting on the plans, Jason Atherton said: “We want to lead by example as a high end restaurant group.
“The people who have the least time are the people we want to be involved, which is why I decided to do it on only one day. Our dream is that once a year all other chefs close their restaurants and everyone teams up to raise as much money as we possibly can.”
Each lunch will be a ticketed event, priced between £90 and £135 per head depending on the restaurant, with all proceeds raised going directly to industry charity Hospitality Action, where Atherton is a trustee.
All chefs and front of house staff will be donating their time and working for free on Social Sunday. Atherton said he hopes to raise around £60,000 from Social Sunday ticket sales, plus additional funds through prize auctions on the day.
This is the inaugural event, with Atherton planning to host fundraising events on the first Sunday of June every year going forward.