Some of the restaurant industry's biggest names, including Fay Maschler, Paul A. Young, Jay Rayner, Oliver Peyton, Jun Tanaka, and Hawksmoor's Will Beckett, gathered at Shoreditch House on the evening of Tuesday 7 May for an incredible charity auction in aid of aid agency Action Against Hunger. Attendees were in generous spirits, raising almost £85,000 through a combination of live and silent auctions, donations, ticket sales and a raffle.
An indulgent meal for eight cooked in the winner's own home by Angela Hartnett was the highest grossing lot, raising a whopping £6,500. A home cooked dinner party for nine courtesy of The River Café went for £5,900 and a day at The Waterside Inn, including a three-course supper and time in the kitchen with Alain Roux raised £5,500.
As part of their ongoing support for Action Against Hunger Champagne Taittinger provided sustenance for the discerning guests to enjoy with food from Dirty Burger and Chicken Shop, as well as a host of KERB market traders including Fleisch Mob, The Healthy Yummies, Vinn Goute and Rola Wola. The party atmosphere continued into the early hours with Fay Presto's magic tricks and live music from Gypsy swing ensemble Trio Manouche.