Kerridge joins forces for Ukraine fundraiser

By Gary Lloyd

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Charity champs: Tom Kerridge and star chefs put on a five-course meal to boost funds
Charity champs: Tom Kerridge and star chefs put on a five-course meal to boost funds

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Gastropub chef Tom Kerridge along with an elite set of celebrity cooks have joined forces to raise more than £70,000 to help people in war-torn Ukraine through a charity dinner and auction.

Kerridge, who operates a number of sites including three pubs – the Hand & Flowers, the Coach and the Butcher’s Tap – teamed up with Nieves Barragan (Sabor), Lisa Allen (Northcote), Angela Hartnett OBE (Murano), Neil Borthwick (The French House) and Ed Wilson (Brawn) to put on the evening that has benefited the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The event called Five for Ukraine​ saw the award-winning chefs put on a five-course banquet at Barboun, Shoreditch, east London. The money raised from ticket sales, plus funds via an online auction, will go towards providing critical food, water and medical assistance to refugees fleeing the crisis.

Brits have rallied

Hartnett said: “It is impossible to witness the harrowing images on TV and not be moved to want to do try to do something. It has been incredibly heart-warming to see how the British public have rallied in support of Ukraine, and, like a lot of people, we just wanted to do our bit.

“It is fair to say that one thing chefs do very well is cook, and because many of us have been fundraising with Action Against Hunger for many years, we know that we can apply these skills to help raise much needed funds.

“The money we raised on the night will support refugees fleeing from Ukraine who are facing unimaginable hardship, and will go towards providing much needed food, water and medical assistance.”

Range of prizes

Alongside the fundraising dinner, an online auction offered a range of prizes including a two-night stay at Nathan Outlaw’s new guesthouse, including meals at both of his restaurants; two tickets to Robin Gill’s Bloodshot Supper Club; overnight stay for four plus dinner at the five-star Limewood Hotel; membership for two at Quo Vadis private members’ club; dinner and stay at the five-star Stafford Hotel.

Another well-known restaurant which is getting behind the DEC appeal is Hawksmoor. Will Beckett and Huw Gott, the founders of the restaurant chain, have been long term supporters of Action Against Hunger, a DEC member agency, and have raised more than £1.5m for the charity to date.

In order to support the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian appeal, Hawksmoor donated a percentage from the sales of their incredibly popular ambassador dessert and their Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew cocktail. All the money raised through purchases of these items was then match funded by the restaurant. Alongside this ongoing fundraising effort, the restaurant has also donated £10,000 to the appeal.

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