This year’s 16-night Obsession guest chef event at Northcote raised £40,000 for industry charity Hospitality Action.
Obsession 19 saw a line-up of 18 chefs from seven countries with 15 Michelin stars between them cook at the Michelin-starred restaurant, located within the 26-bedroom hotel in Langho, Lancashire, between 18 January and 3 February.
Among the chefs who took part in the event, now in its 19th year, were Ollie Dabbous of Hide and James Lowe of Lyles, both in London; Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park in Colerne, Wiltshire; and 2018 Michelin Young European Chef of the Year Niall Keating of Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
A silent auction was offered throughout the two-and-a-half-week period, and donation envelopes were available each night allowing guests to contribute towards the overall total.
Craig Bancroft, managing director of Northcote, said: “Obsession is a fun-filled celebration of the finest food and wines our industry crafts and it’s always a delight inviting so many respected chefs to our humble corner of Britain. But, behind the glamour of our glorious industry, many people working in hospitality are facing very real issues every day and it’s important that we lend our support to those who have fallen on hard times.”
Mark Lewis, chief executive of Hospitality Action, added: “Once again the team at Northcote have produced a world-class food festival in the heart of the North West. Their generous gift of £40,000 to Hospitality Action is an amazing feat which will transform the lives of hospitality workers in not only in the North West, but across the UK.”
Obsession was created by Northcote ambassador Nigel Haworth in 2001 to celebrate great food, wine and chefs.