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Who's Cooking Dinner? 2016 event announces superstar chef line-up

19 January 2016 by
Who's Cooking Dinner? 2016 event announces superstar chef line-up

The annual Who's Cooking Dinner? (WCD) charity event, with a line-up of some of the UK's most decorated and impressive chefs, is to take place this year on 7 March at the Four Seasons hotel at London's Park Lane.

Chefs taking part include Angela Hartnett, Chris and Jeff Galvin, Nuno Mendes, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Nathan Outlaw, Claude Bosi and Clare Smyth.

Tickets are still available for the event, which raises money for the UK charity Leuka to help combat the causes of leukaemia and blood cancer and help to improve its treatment.

The evening will see 20 chefs unite to cook for 200 diners, with a pre-dinner draw choosing which chef will cook for which table, bringing their own menu to the evening.

The full chef line-up this year is:

Angela Hartnett (Murano)
Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal)
Brett Graham (the Ledbury)
Bruce Poole (Chez Bruce)
Chris & Jeff Galvin (Galvin Restaurants)
Clare Smyth (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay)
Claude Bosi (Hibiscus)
Dan Doherty (Duck & Waffle)
Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria)
Gary Lee (the Ivy)
Giorgio Locatelli (Locanda Locatelli)
Hideki Hiwatashi (Sake no Hana)
Mark Hix (HIX)
Nathan Outlaw (Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Outlaw's at the Capital Hotel)
Nieves Barragán Mohacho (Barrafina)
Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse)
Rainer Becker (Zuma)
Sally Clarke with Michele Lombardi (Clarke's)
Tim Hughes (Scott's)
Tong Chee Hwee (HKK)

Following the draw and dinner, the evening then offers diners the chance to take part in an auction, where they can bid for a chance to have the chefs cooking in their own home. The auction will also include a specially-created WCD artwork from Beatles artist Peter Blake.

To date, the event has already raised £5,630,601 for Leuka, and was founded after the sister of New Zealand chef Peter Gordon was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (requiring a bone marrow transplant) at the same time as co-founder of restaurant and hotels group Corbin & King, Chris Corbin, was undergoing a bone marrow transplant for the same condition.

Following Gordon's sister's recovery, Gordon knew he wanted to do something to help families and patients battle the disease, and WCD was born.

Commenting on the event, Corbin, said: "We are delighted to be hosting Who's Cooking Dinner? once again this spring. It's rare to get so many talented chefs in one room together for a cause that touches so many people's lives. The amount of funds we raise for Leuka's vital research gets better with each year."

Hartnett commented: "You get to do some great things as a chef, but this is something we all look forward to on the culinary calendar. Who's Cooking Dinner? is not just about an incredible dining experience, it's also a celebration of what we can achieve when we all team together; plus I get to see what everyone else is cooking."

Duck & Waffle's executive chef Dan Doherty added: "This will be my first year to join the Who's Cooking Dinner? team and I jumped at the chance to get involved. The heat will no doubt be high in those kitchens, but it will be worth it for such a worthy cause."

Tickets for the evening cost £7,000 for a table of ten, and are available at 020 7487 3401.

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