The influential Michelin Guide has honoured more female chefs in Britain in 2011 than ever before and we are incredibly lucky to have welcomed some of them to the Fine Wine Auction this year.
Angela Hartnett MBE (Murano), Anna Hansen (The Modern Pantry), Claire Clark MBE and Clare Smyth (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay) all cooked at this year’s event. For the first time, these revered chefs worked together to create a culinary masterpiece which thoroughly impressed our discerning diners.
We also teamed up with Champagne Taittinger, Justerini & Brooks, Château Pichon-Longueville, Château Suduiraut, Taylor's Port and Courvoisier to ensure that this unique four-course dinner was complemented with some of the world’s best wine, champagne, port and cognac.
This year we raised over £200,000 in an effort to turn wine into water for thousands of malnourished children around the world, so thank you so much to everyone involved! To read more about how this year's event went please click here.
To find out more about our 2012 Fine Wine Auction please contact Caroline Crowther.
This prestigious event took place at 1 Lombard Street, a stunning City restaurant set in a Grade II listed former banking hall, on Saturday 8th October 2011. With World Food Day on 16th October this was an ideal time to focus all our efforts to raise money for Action Against Hunger!
Guests were treated to a Champagne Taittinger reception and four-course meal, created exclusively by top chefs and complimented by world famous wines kindly donated by Justerini & Brooks, Château Pichon-Longueville and Château Suduiraut. Guests then had the opportunity to enjoy a glass of port or cognac courtesy of Taylor's Port and Courvoisier.
One of the key highlights of the evening was the Auction in association with Luxury Explorer which offered an exclusive array of fine and rare wines and other 'money-can't-buy' prizes. Lots included dinner for two at Noma in Copenhagen (recently named the World's Best Restaurant for the second year running) as well as the opportunity to snap up dinner at other top restaurants around the world, Michelin starred chef experiences and one-off tastings at some of the world’s finest vineyards created especially for the Fine Wine Auction.
Guests also had the rare opportunity to bid for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to one of Action Against Hunger's field programmes and witness first hand our life saving work in treating children with acute malnutrition.
For the third year running, Angela Hartnett will be joining us from Murano, the 1 Michelin Starred Italian fine-dining restaurant in Mayfair where she has been chef patron since 2008. She became the sole owner in October 2010.
Under the leadership of Gordon Ramsay, Angela achieved her first Michelin-star in 2004 at the Connaught, using knowledge gained from her Italian grandmother to champion modern cuisine with an Italian accent. Angela is currently writing for the Guardian in a weekly recipe column and has new book out in July 2011.
Anna opened The Modern Pantry in 2008, and under her care, this innovative restaurant and café has received 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence and much critical acclaim. Selected as one of the 100 most significant young chefs in Coco 2010, Anna’s modern, global cooking style has caused a stir.
Anna has a prestigious background in the culinary world, having worked under Fergus Henderson, and opened the pioneering The Providores with Peter Gordon in 2001, which won a Catey ‘Newcomer of the Year Award’ in 2003. Anna’s ‘The Modern Pantry Cookbook’ has just been published by Ebury.
After honing her skills under legendary Swiss patissier’s Ernest Bachmann and John Huber, Claire went on to work as the Head Pastry Chef at Thomas Keller’s iconic three Michelin starred French Laundry in California. Her career has also taken her to some of the leading restaurants and hotels in London including The Wolseley, Hilton Metropole Hotel and Claridges Hotel as well as consulting for the House of Commons.
Claire is the first British female pastry chef to win a Master of Culinary Arts (MCA) award in 1997; Claire was more recently awarded an MBE in 2011 for her services to the food industry.
Clare is the first and only female chef in the UK to hold 3 Michelin stars. Head Chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay since 2008, Clare has consistently maintained the extremely high standards necessary to uphold her position at the pinnacle of culinary expertise.
Having previously worked under Alain Ducasse at Louis XV in Monaco and having staged in many renowned kitchens, Clare herself is now an inspirational mentor to the next generation of young chefs.
Herbert Berger will be welcoming the other top chefs and guests to 1 Lombard Street, the restaurant and brasserie where he has been Chef Partner since 1998.
Herbert Berger has worked in some of the finest establishments in Europe and has gained many awards and accolades throughout his illustrious career, including the coveted Michelin Star.
At 1 Lombard Street Restaurant, enthusiasts of haute cuisine will discover a more formal but relaxed dining environment, which provides a tranquil setting for a stunning combination of award winning food and fine wines with decor inspired by Titian's Masterpiece 'Rape of Europa'.
This former banking hall with its grade II listed neo classical interior with domed skylights by Pietro Agostini provides one of the most stunning settings in London.
Belu is a social enterprise, donating all profits to support clean water and sanitation projects. Belu aims to offer the greenest, most ethical bottled water choice; creating the first Carbon Neutral natural mineral water in the UK.
Every element of Belu’s packaging is carefully assessed for best environmental benefits and they don’t import or export their water. Seen in the chicest venues; Belu’s iconic design proves that bringing ethics to the table can be a stylish choice.
Brindisa imports an extensive range of high quality Spanish foods, from the finest acorn-fed Ibérico Bellota hams, cured to perfection over 3-4 years, to store cupboard essentials. As well as our shop at Borough market, our three tapas bars in London put our ingredients on a plate, every day. Our completely NEW online shop has just launched, bringing our store cupboard direct to your kitchen.
Champagne Taittinger has supported Action Against Hunger for over a decade and has kindly donated Champagne to the Fine Wine Auction & Dinner since its conception.
Champagne Taittinger is widely available in restaurants and on the high street at Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Odd bins, Thresher, Majestic, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and many independent specialists.
Château Pichon-Longueville is proud to be supporting the Fine Wine Auction Against Hunger for the second year running.
Château Pichon-Longueville is strongly positioned as a rising star in the elite group of the “Supers Seconds" of Bordeaux. It is made from a rigorous selection of the best grapes from old vines at the heart of this historical estate . The wines produced are powerful, rich in tannins, and characterised for being both elegant and muscular. They have an exceptional length in the mouth, and possess a remarkable ageing potential.
Château Suduiraut is proud to be supporting the Fine Wine Auction Against Hunger for the second year running.
Château Suduiraut, 1er cru classé of Sauternes, situated in the Southern part of Bordeaux, is considered to be one of the greatest sweet wines in the world. To maintain the quality of Château Suduiraut each grape is picked individually once the tiny yet capricious Botrytis Cinerea fungus has grown on them; this only happens with a combination of morning mists and sunny autumn day. These grapes will produce elegant, complex wines with floral and fruit flavours and a lovely golden colour; these wines offer outstanding longevity.
Courvoisier is supporting Action Against Hunger for a second year by kindly donating Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif Cognac to the Fine Wine Auction & Dinner.
Not only is Courvoisier Exclusif considered to be the finest cognac in the world, it also has a complexity and depth that makes it extremely versatile.
Justerini & Brooks are supporting the Fine Wine Auction for the second year running by kindly donating wine for the dinner.
Justerini & Brooks were founded in 1749 and quickly gained a reputation for both quality and service. First awarded the Royal Warrant to George III we are proud to have been granted this honour by every successive monarch since, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For over 260 years the company has built up an unrivalled reputation.
Luxury Explorer is sponsoring the Fine Wine Auction & Dinner for the third year running by donating an exciting selection of luxurious excursions around the world to the auction.
Luxury Explorer offers a cherry-picked collection of the world's finest independent hotels, resorts and villas; each individually vetted and reviewed. Luxury Explorer's legendary concierge service takes the legwork and risk out of booking the right hotel. For more details, and stress-free travel planning, please visit www.luxuryexplorer.com
Since 1934, three generations of the Musetti Family have been roasting extremely high quality coffee beans in Piacenza, Italy. L'Unico Caffé Musetti - Italy's award-winning espresso coffee - has been a long-term sponsor and supporter of Action Against Hunger.
Taylor's are supporting the Fine Wine Auction for the first time this year by kindly donating Taylor's LBV for after dinner.
Taylor’s were pioneers of the LBV category, developed to satisfy the demand for a high quality ready-to-drink alternative to vintage port for everyday consumption. Unlike vintage port, which is bottled after only two years in wood and ages in bottle, LBV is bottled after four to six years and is ready to drink when bottled. Taylor’s continues to lead the LBV category of port worldwide, in spite of the fact that many other shippers now also produce an LBV.
After an ambitious regeneration project launched in 2005, assisted by a European fisheries subsidy, Wright Brothers now cultivate and harvest over 5 million native and pacific oysters per annum, making the Duchy Oyster Farm one of the largest oyster farms in the UK.
Wright Brothers also have 3 restaurants including the newly opened Soho Oyster House bringing their highly acclaimed oysters and seafood into the heart of the London’s West End.
For further information on how to get involved in our 2012 Fine Wine Auction please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Crowther on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8293 6196.