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Superstar chefs raise £500,000 for Who's Cooking Dinner?

10 March 2016 by
Superstar chefs raise £500,000 for Who's Cooking Dinner?

This year's Who's Cooking Dinner event has raised a record £500,000, with the help of 20 top chefs including Angela Hartnett, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Clare Smyth, Claude Bosi, Dan Doherty, Giorgio Locatelli and Nathan Outlaw.

The 17th annual event took place on 7 March at the Four Seasons Park Lane hotel, with each chef cooking for a different table among the 200 guests. The event raised money for Leuka, a charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of leukaemia and blood cancer.

The event, which is fronted by Corbin & King restaurateur Chris Corbin, was founded by Leuka patron and New Zealand-born chef Peter Gordon, after he donated bone marrow to his youngest sister Tracey, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1995 but who has since made a full recovery.

The other chefs who took part were: Brett Graham (the Ledbury), Bruce Poole (Chez Bruce), Chris and Jeff Galvin (Galvin Restaurants), Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria), Gary Lee (the Ivy), Hideki Hiwatashi (Sake no Hana), Mark Hix (Hix), Nieves Barragán Mohacho (Barrafina), Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), Rainer Becker (Zuma), Sally Clarke with Michele Lombardi (Clarke's), Tim Hughes (Scott's) and Tong Chee Hwee (HKK).

Collectively, the 20 chefs hold 16 Michelin stars.

Diners also had the chance to bid for the chefs to cook in their own home, with the top three bids of the night amassing £91,000. They included Brett Graham's dinner going for £31,000, Angela Hartnett and Mark Hix's dinner for £30,000 and the bid for Rainer Becker going for £30,000.

English pop artist Sir Peter Blake also created an original artwork for the event, which was available to buy to raise extra funds.

Gordon said: "When I first came up with the idea for Who's Cooking Dinner back in 1998 I never dreamt it would have become the huge success it is today."

Corbin added: "The event was a huge success and this year we raised even more money for the charity thanks to the chefs and their teams who donate their time.

"Each year I'm astounded by the generosity of our diners and together we've raised substantial funds for the research and treatment of leukaemia and blood cancer. Thank you to all our sponsors and donors."

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