Auction Against Hunger 2014, Dalston Yard

Auction Against Hunger 2014 raises life-saving funds

TV chef Gizzi Erskine, food expert Tim Hayward, and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor among high-profile attendees at our Auction Against Hunger.

By Caroline Crowther

May 23 2014

Launched to raise vital money for, and awareness of, the life-saving work Action Against Hunger does to treat acutely malnourished children worldwide, Auction Against Hunger saw some of London’s finest chefs head up street food stalls.
 
Served with a healthy smattering of great music, a dollop of incredible prizes, in one of London’s hippest neighbourhoods - Street Feast at east London’s Dalston Yard –the event, hosted by Erskine and compered by food expert Tim Hayward, proved a winning recipe: raising £105,089.

Lots on offer

High points included a live auction hosted by Christie’s young auctioneer Tom Best. Lots up for grabs included dinner with Sir Terry Wogan at Merchant’s Tavern, Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick’s new Shoreditch-based restaurant, and a ‘money can’t buy’ experience at Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck. One couple celebrating their wedding anniversary splashed a generous £3,500 on a once-in-a-lifetime night at Claridge’s.

“I have supported Action Against Hunger for quite a while now –I’m cycling India this summer to raise awareness and funds to support their work,” said Erskine. “I love the idea that we can bring together the incredibly creative members of Britain’s food and restaurant industry at fabulous events like Auction Against Hunger, hold it a really down-to-earth venue like Street Feast at Dalston’s Yard, and while having fun and enjoying really good food, ultimately we get  to help the millions of children around the world who are currently suffering with acute malnutrition. Who wouldn’t want to support that?”

Never too many DJs

Erskine also took to the decks to entertain the hundreds of guests, as did Sophie Ellis-Bextor, her husband - The Feeling’s bassist Richard Jones, and DJ BBQ, while a balloon artist created animal-inspired hats for revellers.
 
In between silently battling it out for incredible foodie prizes on the silent auction, guests devoured samplings from a host of top chefs , including Anna Hansen, Ben Tish, Francesco Mazzei, José Pizarro, Naved Nasir, Neil Rankin, Nuno Mendes, Pascal Aussignac, Paul A Young and Sat Bains. 

And then there were the uber popular Breddos Tacos, 1235 donuts, delicious treats courtesy of the Meringue Girls, Yum Bun and Pizza Pilgrims.

Raising awareness as well as funds

Despite the fun and frivolity, however, the underlying reason for the event was never far from people’s minds.

"Over one million young children die each year due to acute malnutrition - yet this a problem we know how to solve,” Glen Tarman, Action Against Hunger’s International Advocacy Director, told the crowd.” By being here tonight, you are already part of the solution, part of a growing 'Generation Nutrition' making change happen. This event will help save children's lives - and every child death avoided is a reason to celebrate. If we all act now, in our lifetimes we could see the end of child deaths from hunger, forever."
 

Photo credits:  © Jonathan Dunne