Charity Action Against Hunger has teamed up with restaurant bookings website Toptable to run a celebrity chef auction as part of its Love Food Give Food Festival next month.
Designed to encourage consumers to support the humanitarian organisation - which is committed to saving the lives of malnourished children - by dining out, the festival will see hundreds of restaurants help raise funds by running special offers or asking diners to add a discretionary donation to their bill.
The celebrity chef auction will include top London chefs Jun Tanaka of Pearl, Atul Kochhar of the Michelin-starred Benares, and Cyrus Todiwala of Café Spice Namaste hosting dinners at their restaurants for 12 winning bidders.
Other auctions will include a one-off VIP Diwali banquet featuring six of London's top Indian chefs on Sunday 30 October. Bids can be made on eBay until next Thursday, 6 October.
Chris Wood, managing director of Toptable, commented: "We are very proud to be supporting Action Against Hunger by launching the festival which gives us, our restaurant partners and our diners the opportunity to make a real difference in the fight against hunger in an extremely easy yet effective way.
"By simply taking part in the promotional opportunities on Toptable, our restaurant partners will be saving lives as will our diners by just doing what they love best - dining out in great restaurants."
Action Against Hunger's executive director Jean Michel Grand, added: "We are thrilled that Toptable is supporting Action Against Hunger's Love Food Give Food Appeal. With the devastating food crisis in East Africa, their support could not be more timely in helping raise as many funds as possible towards our life-saving work."
By Kerstin Kühn
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