All eight of UK’s three Michelin starred chefs cook together for the first time plus a performance by Louise Redknapp, raising support for Team UK and Cancer Awareness Trust.

The Bocuse d’Or Team UK raised more than £280,000* at a fundraising gala which took place on Monday 22nd January at the beautiful ballroom of Raffles London at The OWO. The evening brought together all eight of the UK’s three Michelin-starred chefs. This 16 hands collaboration marked the first time these chefs have joined forces to create a masterpiece menu which celebrated the very best of British gastronomy and featured their signature dishes. Each chef prepared a course for the 200 guests.

The sold-out event kicked off at 6.00pm with an elegant reception of canapés by none other than three Michelin starred chef Marco Zampese of Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. Drinks stations dotted the room including Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Mercian lemon G&Ts, Empress Ales, Hundred Hills English sparkling wine accompanied by spoons of Petrossian caviar and Rapscallion Soda.

At 7.00 p.m. the doors opened to a stunning ballroom that would showcase a spectacular menu prepared by the UK’s exceptional culinary talents with dishes from Clare Smyth, CORE by Clare Smyth and President of Bocuse d’Or Team UK, Alain Roux, The Waterside Inn, Daniel Stucki, The Lecture Room & Library at sketch, Edward Cooke, The Fat Duck, Jean-Philippe Blondet, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Matt Abé, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Simon Rogan, L’Enclume – Bocuse d’Or UK President 2019 – 2023.

The tables were adorned with beautiful, seasonal floral centrepieces by Blooming Haus. The evening included appearances by all eight chefs, a lively auction and music and dancing led by Louise Redknapp.

The proceeds from the gala will give the young chefs representing the UK the best chance of achieving gold in the world’s most renowned and prestigious live cooking competition, the Bocuse d’Or. In the culinary world equivalent to the Olympics and the World Cup.

To give candidate chef Tom Philipps and commis chef Harry van Lierop the best chance yet of achieving gold for Team UK, the money raised will go towards their intense training and hiring a team of professionals and nutritionist to aid them in performing at their best for such a top level contest as this when speed, precision, culinary skill and creativity are critiqued by the top chefs of the world and audiences worldwide.

Money raised will also help pay the salary of a nutritionist who will work with Team UK and Cancer Awareness Trust to educate chefs about the difference food can make to those living with cancer.

Speaking of the collaboration with Team UK, founder of Cancer Awareness Trust, Prof. Sir Chris Evans said, “Our collaboration with the Bocuse d’Or UK team is geared towards sparking meaningful change by raising awareness of the connection between nutrition and cancer, from prevention to end-of-life care. With the relationship between nutrition and cancer a key focus for Cancer Platform this year and collaboration a core value of our organisation, to partner with Bocuse d’Or to bring together the top minds in cancer and culinary excellence, was a perfect opportunity. The funds generated will kick start our nutrition initiatives this year. Congratulations once again to the Bocuse d’Or team for orchestrating a truly unique evening. The Bocuse d’Or UK team undoubtedly has a strong chance of winning in the next competition.”

Clare Smyth, who was integral to bringing the chefs together was delighted with the event which was highly praised by guests, and everyone involved. She says, “I took on the role of President because I believe we have the talent in the UK to win gold, but I also know that we have never been in a position to prepare or compete at the high levels enjoyed by the likes of Denmark and Norway. I hope that with funding from this event we can achieve what we deserve while contributing to the essential cause of improving nutrition for those living with cancer.”

Chef and author Sabrina Ghayour took on the MC role, whilst Rebecca Tooby-Desmond of Philipps auction house hosted the live auction with attendees bidding on a variety of donated luxury and once in a lifetime experience including a private dinner cooked by Team UK.

At the end, guests were treated to a stellar performance by Louise Redknapp who got everyone to their feet dancing. It was the perfect end to an incredible evening.