Two-Michelin-starred chefs Tom Kerridge and Ashley Palmer-Watts will be joining forces with 2009 Hotel Catey Chef of the Year winner Simon Young to help raise money for Debra, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a painful genetic skin-blistering condition which, in the worst cases, can be fatal.
The three chefs will be cooking together at the charity’s Butterfly Ball, which is being held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, where Young is executive chef, on Friday, 16 June. This is the first time that Kerridge will be cooking at the hotel since announcing his plans to open a restaurant in its famous Rib Room Bar and Restaurant later this year.
The chefs’ dinner will comprise Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’s famous “Meat Fruit (c 1500), mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread, created by Palmer-Watts, a main course of lightly smoked fillet of Scotch beef, oxtail hot pot, English asparagus wrapped in Alsace bacon, Madeira summer truffle jus, prepared by Young, and Hand and Flowers chocolate and ale cake with salted caramel and muscovado cream, made by Kerridge.
According to Debra, EB is a group of genetic skin conditions which cause the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch. Those born with EB are called “butterfly children” because their skin is described as being as fragile as the wing of a butterfly.
Painful open wounds and sores form where the skin is damaged, and, in some cases, internal linings and organs are also affected. Complications as a result of secondary infection and extensive scarring are factors that people living with EB often have to face. Certain types of EB can be fatal in infancy and others are severely life-limiting. It estimated that there are more than 5,000 people living with EB in the UK, and 500,000 worldwide.
Young told The Caterer: “I am really proud to lend my support to the DEBRA Butterfly Ball at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. Those living with Epidermolysis Bullosa deserve all the care that DEBRA can provide and I am glad that myself and my fellow chefs can make a small contribution to the work the charity does through our involvement in this event. We are looking forward to cooking up a feast for everyone attending.”
Tickets are £175 per person and are available from www.debra.org.uk.