Just over two weeks ago we were at the Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane for one of the biggest food events of the year – Who’s Cooking Dinner? which sees 20 of the country’s best chefs cook in one kitchen to raise money for Leuka (the leading leukaemia research charity). This year was even bigger and better raising more than £530,000.
The incredible chefs who generously gave their time for the cause included Ruth Rogers MBE (The River Café), Tom Kerridge (The Hand and Flowers), Adam Byatt (Trinity), Hélène Darroze (Hélène Darroze at The Connaught), Isaac McHale (The Clove Club), José Pizarro (Pizarro), Bjoern Weissgerber (Sexy Fish) James Lowe (Lyle’s), Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria), Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Mark Hix MBE (HIX), Peter Gordon (The Providores), Rainer Becker (Zuma), Angela Hartnett with Neil Borthwick (Murano, Merchants Tavern), Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), Giorgio Locatelli (Locanda Locatelli), Tim Hughes (Scott’s), Hideki Hiwatashi (Sake no Hana) and Tong Chee Hwee (HKK). Collectively the chefs hold 15 Michelin stars between them.
The top three auctions of the night amassed a total of £104,000 with Peter Gordon and José Pizarro’s dinner in San Sebastián going for £45,000. Francesco Mazzei’s two auction dinners raised £34,000 and Hélène Darroze’s dinner went for an impressive £25,000.
It’s difficult to sum up such a unique event in words but it’s truly special and we are so honored to be a part of it and we’re looking forward to working on Who’s Cooking Dinner? 2018.