By Nigel Packer
More than 8,000 UK restaurants will be invited to stage special dinners later this year to help the charity War Child.
Each restaurant will be asked to host a dinner during the last week in November, and donate a suggested 25% of the income to the charity.
War Child provides support for child-related aid programmes in more than a dozen war-torn countries.
Event organiser Jane Steeley hopes the "Feast for Peace" will become an annual event "comparable to Red Nose Day and Help A London Child". Various personalities from the culinary world will form an honorary committee to act as advisers and consultants to the project and help with promotion. Fay Maschler, Aldo Zilli, Jean-Christophe Novelli and the Nosh Brothers are among those confirmed to date.
"Restaurants may wish to develop a theme for the evening or maybe provide entertainment," said Steeley, adding that the 25% suggested donation "will allow each restaurant to cover their overheads and still make a small profit".
The UK event follows the successful launch of a similar project in France last year, called La Table de l'Espoir. Invitations to take part in Feast for Peace will be sent out in August, together with an information pack and registration form. Those taking part will receive a publicity pack and table literature to help with promotion.
War Child also plans to produce a cookery book with celebrity contributions to coincide with the event.