On St Andrew’s Day, Tuesday 30th November, top chefs Valentine Warner (What to Eat Now), John Burton Race (formerly of the New Angel & L’Ortolan), Martin Blunos (Hurst House on the Marsh, Iron Chef) and Neil Churchill (Boisdale) prepared a fantastic Game Supper at Boisdale of Bishopsgate in aid of Action Against Hunger, raising £26,865 for our international work.
This night of Scottish merriment - featuring a champagne and canapé reception, a short luxury auction hosted by the wonderful Nigel Barden (BBC London’s Food & Drink presenter) - was certainly one to remember.
Our exclusive line up of top chefs with a passion for game, and a host of Michelin stars, made for a very special culinary experience in an intimate setting right at the heart of London.
As a child growing up in rural Dorset, Valentine learnt the important connection between the natural world and the table, finding the lives of the plants and animals as interesting as the dish they provide.
Initially an art student, at 23, Valentine couldn't resist the call of the kitchen and decided to focus his time on cooking. His first job was at the Halycon restaurant in Londonand then for the following five years worked under top chefs including Alastair Little and Rose Carrarini.
Starting his TV career in 2008 with his BBC series What to Eat Now, and writing two accompanying books, Valentine’s passion is fresh seasonal produce.
John's first job was in a Hampshire hotel. He moved on to cook and train at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons with Raymond Blanc. Whilst John was head chef at at Le Petit Blanc in Oxford, it was awarded a Michelin star. His next restaurant, L'Ortolan, in Berkshire, was awarded double.
John moved into the league of 'celebrity chef' with his series French Leave on Channel 4. A second fly-on-the-wall series charted the opening of his Dartmouth restaurant, The New Angel, which also gained a Michelin star under his expert care.
John is currently focused on a number of exciting TV projects.
Martin is one of the UK’s top chefs, having held two Michelin Stars for each of his two restaurants, Lettonie in Bristol, and its larger incarnation in Bath. He is currently consultant chef at Hurst House on the Marsh in Carmarthenshire, highly acclaimed for its fresh, seasonal produce.
In addition to his prolific experience in the kitchen, Martin is a regular on such TV shows as BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, BBC Great Food Live! and Food Uncut, in addition to being one of Channel 4’s fearsome Iron Chefs. He was selected to cook for Her Majesty the Queen in her Jubilee year, which was documented in the BBC’s All the Queen’s Cooks.
Neil Churchill is the award winning head chef of Boisdale of Belgravia.
Known for his love of game, Neil is extremely adept at showcasing British cooking with strong Scottish roots. He was awarded the ‘Best Game Dish’ by Restaurant Magazine in 2007.
Nigel, BBC London's Food and Drink presenter, is your host and auctioneer for the night. Formerly a Yorkshire based wine merchant, food connoisseur, long term Action Against Hunger supporter and presenter of numerous radio and TV shows, Nigel is the ideal choice to guide you through this wonderful culinary experience.
Jazz bar, lively Scottish restaurant and whisky bar, Boisdale of Bishopsgate were our wonderful hosts for the night.
Situated in the heart of the City, just opposite Broadgate and Liverpool Street Station, Boisdale's restaurant was an intimate setting in which to enjoy this fantastic dinner, with its brilliant line up of top chefs.
Our fantastic wine sponsors for the night were:
Our wonderful ingredients sponsor was:
We would like to thank our generous auction donors:
Boisdale of Bishopsgate, Neil Churchill, Whitefalls Spa Lodge, London Fine Foods Group, Russian Standard Vodka, The Broad Gallery, Bovey Castle, Oliver Rowe, Cape Grace, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Lamb Inn, Cook in France, Launceston Place, Baltic.
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