Stars of London’s Gastronomy Scene Raise Thousands for Action Against Hunger
They’re used to dishing out opinions on food, but on 9th June 2014 the tables were turned as London’s top critics downed pens and donned aprons to impress some of London’s finest chefs at Action Against Hunger’s Too Many Critics 2014.
Dressed in navy striped aprons or chef whites, Bill Knott, Charles Campion and a bandana-wearing Jay Rayner led the charge of critics determined to win over an intimidating gastronomic crowd at L’Anima London and raise awareness, and funds, for Action Against Hunger’s work worldwide.
“I’ve been involved in this event for four or five years now,” said Rayner. “It’s hard to say no to. Restaurant critics rarely get together but this is one time of the year that we do. And it’s a really good cause.”
Some of the biggest names in the British gastronomy scene were in attendance to test the critics’ mettle. Among them, Antonio Carluccio OBE, chef and restaurateur; Mickael Weiss, head chef at Coq d’Argent; Bruno Loubet, of Bistrot Bruno Loubet & Grain Store; Paul A Young, owner and chocolatier at Paul A Young Fine chocolates, London; and José Pizarro, chef and restaurateur.
A Champagne Taittinger reception set the tone for the evening, while live jazz music played courtesy of Jay Rayner and his band.
A lot to bid for
A live auction, compered by the evening’s host Nigel Barden, of BBC Radio 2 and TV fame, proffered exclusive lots, including a Jeroboam of Champagne Taittinger which was signed by the foodie audience and a Pablo Picasso etching, Apres L’Amour, donated by The Broad Gallery.
Art work by Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Henri Matisse and another Picasso, were among the many highlights of a similarly successful silent auction.
In total, the event raised over £26,000, which will contribute to Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programmes worldwide.