Too Many Critics Brighton was held at The Set

Too Many Critics Brighton

Food critics cook a six-course tasting menu for Brighton’s top chefs in aid of Action Against Hunger 


By Action Against Hunger

Apr 10 2017

On Sunday, Semone Bonner and Dan Kenny, co-owners of The Set and dedicated supporters of Action Against Hunger, hosted the first Too Many Critics event in Brighton. 

Dan and Bonner have supported Action Against Hunger and championed our cause in Brighton since 2015, when they joined the Love Food Give Food campaign. Alongside taking part in many restaurant fundraising campaigns, Bonner completed a 100km run to raise funds for our work, and will be running the London Marathon later this month. The money raised will help Action Against Hunger to save the lives of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition in almost 50 countries around the world. 

The Set let six of Brighton's top restaurant critics and food writers loose in their kitchen, each individual creating one dish of an eclectic six course tasting menu. The citics were cooking for 30 guests including Michael Bremmer (64 Degrees), Duncan Ray (Little Fish Market) and Isaac Bartlett-Copeland (and the rest of the team from Isaac At) alongisde many other of Brighton's top restaurateurs. Inbetween catching up and enjoying being on the other side of the pass, diners were asked to choose their favourite from each of the critics dishes. 

Our fantastic critics on the day were Andy Lynes (Brighton-based freelance writer), Fran Villani ('The Graphic Foodie'), Tom Flint (Food Booze and Reviews, Euan Macdonald (Restaurant reviewer for 60 Second Reviews), Rosie Swaffer (‘Rosie Posie’s Puddings & Pies’) and Eshé Brown (‘Foodie Eshé’).

Well done to the winner Tom Flint who impressed with his take on a cheese board including ricotta cake and goats cheese ice cream. 

Dan Kenny explains why they support Action Against Hunger:

'As a chef, you’re constantly working with food and always trying to get the best out of ingredients to create dishes that make people happy and to satisfy our own passion for cooking. But we forget how privileged we are to be able to enjoy different flavours and tastes, as food is always in such abundance. We don’t have to worry about where out next meal is coming from' 

'Action Against Hunger has opened our eyes to how much hunger exists in the world and how many children are suffering from malnutrition and dying because they don’t have access to life’s simplest necessitates. We feel it’s our duty to contribute and to help in any way we can as a restaurant. We have made a pledge to ourselves to make a difference and we believe we can do this by working with Action Against Hunger.’  

The event raised over £2,000 for Action Against Hunger, including the proceeds from an auction hosted by Euan Macdonald, who wasn't afraid to ask guests to dig deep! The Cocktail Shack will also be selling a limited edition cocktail, donating £2 from each one sold to Action Against Hunger over the following weeks so this total will continue to rise.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the hosts, critics and judges for a wonderful afternoon, and to Blackdown Distillery, Ridgeview and all those who generously donated prizes for the auction.

Photos from the event

Diners await their first course

Tom helps Eshe plate up her starter

Euan Macdonald and Andy Lynes plating up Andy's Lamb


Fran Villani and Rosie Swaffer dishing up Rosie's ramen

The Set's staff mixing up some cocktails

Euan rallies diners for the auction
Tom collects his winning prize
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