After years of turning the tables on the critics in the capital, humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger took its unique brand of light hearted gastronomic ‘payback’ to Greater Manchester with its annual Too Many Critics event which was held on Monday 17th March 2014 at Damson Mediacity UK. Greater Manchester is the first region to host the event outside London.
The premise of the event is simple - a team of top food critics dropped their pens and picked up the pans and found out what it’s like to be on the other side of the pass! including Bill Knott (The Financial Times), Charles Campion (London Evening Standard), Lucas Hollweg (The Sunday Times), Andy Cronshaw (Manchester Evening News), Mark “Gordo” Garner (Manchester Confidential) and Ruth Allan (Taste of Manchester).
The critics prepared a meal for a room filled with 140 top chefs and restaurateurs, where they got the rare opportunity to pass judgement on the country’s most influential taste makers, including Lisa Allen (Northcote Manor) Frances Atkins (The Yorke Arms) Mary-Ellen McTague (Aumbry) Robert Owen Brown (The Mark Addy) and Aiden Byrne (Manchester House).
All funds raised at the event went to Action Against Hunger - helping them fund their life-saving projects around the globe. Action Against Hunger works in over 40 countries and assists more than seven million people every year.
The evening included a Champagne Taittinger reception and sit down dinner at Damson for 140 guests as well as a silent and live auction. This year’s host was BBC food and wine presenter Nigel Barden, who also conducted the live auction.