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In 2012, former Westminster Kingsway College student Joe Allen – now working under acclaimed chef Ben Murphy – lost his brother to meningitis. Since then, he has held a series of dinners to raise funds for research and to provide support for those affected by the illness.
On Friday, 11 November, Joe will be holding a dinner at Westminster Kingsway, drawing support from fellow chefs and colleagues from the industry. Continue reading
Renowned chef and writer Ronald Kinton will be the guest speaker at a charity luncheon for Hospitality Action on 27 October at the four-AA-star Langham Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex.Over 50 years ago, Kinton, alongside Victor Ceserani and David Foskett, wrote the textbooks that formed the basis of chef education in the UK.
Practical Cookery, The Theory of Catering, Kitchen & Larderwork, Food Preparation & Cooking, and Patisserie & Confectionary are still referred to today as indispensable ‘bibles’ of the trade.
Only in recent years, Kinton’s books have been replaced by textbooks written by John Campbell, David Foskett and Victor Ceserani.
Proprietor Neil Kirby said: “My head chef, Michael Titherington, has a 1965 edition of Practical Cookery in the hotel kitchen and was overawed when Ronald Kinton visited the Langham recently. Michael quickly asked him to sign the book for him!
“As so many people within the industry know Ronald Kinton’s books, I hope that a lot of chefs will come to the lunch as it will be a rare opportunity to meet him. He is also working closely with Michael on the menu for the day, so I know there will be some fabulous food and wines being served.”
Hospitality Action provides education and support for past and present hospitality workers who are in need.
The lunch costs £32 per person. Bookings can be made by calling 01323 731451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Chamberlain’s restaurant in London’s Leadenhall market has released the menu for its forthcoming charity dinner in support of the Royal British Legion.
Executive chef Andrew Jones – winner of the 2004 Roux Scholarship – has devised the five-course dinner, beginning with canapés served with Champagne Gosset Brut Excellence.
Irish oysters with cucumber, caviar & champagne sauce
2013 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur Lie Domaine du Verger, Pierre Luneau-Papin, Loire Valley
Cepes galette, roasted cepes on crispy puff pastry with sherry vinegar dressing
2013 Gavi di Gavi ‘Nuovo Quadro’ Piedmont
Baked paupiette of lemon sole and crab mousse with butternut squash & crab bisque
2013 Saint-Veran Domaine de la Denante Burgundy
Fillet of beef wellington with baby spinach, artichokes & winter truffle jus
2012 Sangiovese Sassoregale, Maremma Toscano
Chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice cream
2009 Monbazillac Domaine Grange Neuve
Tickets for the dinner on Friday 28 November are £50 with further donations to the cause invited. Email email@example.com for details.
The event saw two-Michelin-starred chefs Claude Bosi (Hibiscus), Andrew Fairlie (Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles), Phil Howard (The Square) and Tom Kerridge (The Hand & Flowers) cooking up a four-course dinner at the restaurant. They worked alongside 1 Lombard Street head chef Juri Ravagli.
The fine wine auction was part of Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food appeal, which aims to help 100,000 children in Burkina Faso, Niger and Liberia. The UK Government is matching all public donations to the appeal.
The auction included prizes such as dinner at Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen, as well as dinner at the Kitchen Table at the opening of Angela Hartnett’s new restaurant at the Lime Wood in the New Forest, which won the highest bid of £15,000.
Action Against Hunger’s head of events, Becca McRow, said: “It has been a fantastic evening and we have raised an incredible amount of money for our work around the world. Our guests have been amazing and have really got behind Love Food Give Food, digging very deeply in their pockets to help our appeal.
“We would like to thank all of our amazing chefs for cooking up a delicious menu and of course 1 Lombard Street for once again opening their doors to us so warmly. Together, everyone this evening has helped us get one step closer to getting child hunger off the table.”
Locatelli, who runs his award winning restaurant Locanda Locatelli, cooked a three-course vegetarian meal at FoodCycle’s Station House Community Café, using surplus ingredients picked up from local retailers.
The café serves ‘pay what you can’ three-course meals every Friday lunchtime, cooked out of surplus food by volunteers from the community including MIND mental health charity users and young unemployed people looking to develop skills and enter the catering industry.
On Locatelli’s menu were dishes including roast vegetable ‘pinzimonio’ with bread sauce; purée of dry broad beans, sautéed red onion; white onion and pumpkin tart with pine kernels; warm salad of potato and button mushroom; and oven baked pasta with spring vegetables.
Commenting on the event Locatelli said: “It abhors me to think of the amount of food that gets wasted every day. Here at Locanda Locatelli we enforce a policy that keeps waste to minimum/zero level. If I can do anything to promote awareness about the food wastage issue then I will do it and FoodCycle is a worthy cause.”
FoodCycle’s café co-ordinator Daniel Turi added: “Our community café is staying open for another year thanks to the people who donated to us so we really wanted to reward them. Thanks to Giorgio, we can do this in style with an amazing Michelin-quality three-course meal created out of surplus ingredients.”