Two-starred Hand and Flowers chef Tom Kerridge joins 2014 charity dinner line-up

30 October 2013 by
Two-starred Hand and Flowers chef Tom Kerridge joins 2014 charity dinner line-up

The next annual blood cancer research charity event "Who's Cooking Dinner?" is to add two-Michelin-starred Hand and Flowers chef Tom Kerridge to its already-impressive list of chefs.

Twenty of the country's best chefs will again come together on one night to cook for charity, including Mark Hix from Hix, Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social, Ashley Palmer-Watts from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal; Angela Hartnett from Murano; Claude Bosi from Hibiscus; Clare Smyth from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay ; Brett Graham from the Ledbury; and Lawrence Keogh from the Wolseley.

Together, the line-up of chefs holds 25 Michelin stars.

The event begins with a pre-dinner reception and draw, when guests find out which chef is cooking for them - hence the title Who's Cooking Dinner?

This is followed by an auction later in the evening, which allows the highest bidder to have one of chefs cook for them at home. However, last year's winning bid was £36,000 for a table at the opening night of Rainer Becker's Oblix, in the Shard, London.

Kerridge commented: "It's an honour to be invited to be part of WCD and join such an illustrious cast. I'm delighted to have the chance to do my bit for such a special cause."

The event itself was born after restaurateur Chris Corbin (of The Ivy, Le Caprice, J Sheekey and the Wolseley), and the sister of chef Peter Gordon (The Sugar Club, The Providores), were both separately diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Following a successful recovery for both due to bone marrow transplants, Corbin and Gordon - both with clearly strong ties to the restaurant industry â€' decided they wanted to do something to help other families affected by the disease.

The Who's Cooking Dinner? event has so far helped raise over £4.5m for Leuka, which works with Imperial College London and the Hammersmith Hospital to support research into leukaemia and other blood cancers.

Tables cost £6,000 for 10 people and can be booked via Leuka on 020 7487 3401.

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