Too Many critics at 20 Stories

Too Many Critics Manchester raises £22,262 at D&D's 20 Stories

Chefs, critics and food industry professionals came together for a recordbreaking event raising funds for Action Against Hunger.

By Action Against Hunger

Mar 21 2018

On Monday 19th March at Manchester’s highest new restaurant, 20 Stories, a team of restaurant writers gallantly swapped their pens for pans as part of Action Against Hunger’s event 'Too Many Critics'.

Held in conjunction with the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show, the much anticipated annual event raises crucial funds towards our work to help malnourished children regain their health and fulfil their potential in nearly 50 countries worldwide.

This year, Ruth Allen (Manchester Wire), Emily Heward (Manchester Evening News), Matt White (Taste of Manchester, Fodder), Neil Sowerby (Taste of Manchester), Louise Rhind-Tutt (I Love Manchester, iNews) and Deanna Thomas (Manchester Confidential), all felt the heat of the kitchen as they were tasked with cooking their own versions of some of Chef Director, Aiden Byrne’s favourite dishes for a room of over 150 guests and chefs.  Whilst under the watchful eyes of Aiden and his kitchen team, the critics created some delicious dishes including Vichyssoise soup, broccoli quiche, baked scallops, chicken kiev, beef bourguignon and Manchester tart.

The critics were judged by some of the North's best chefs, including; Stosie Madie from Parker’s Arms, Adam Reid at The French, Steven Smith from The Freemasons at Wiswell and Mark Birchall from Moor Hall. The esteemed panel crowned critic Louise the evening’s winner with her beef bourguignon dish.

Host for the evening, BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden kept guests entertained in-between courses with fundraising games and a live auction, where guests had the opportunity to bid on some exclusive money-can’t-buy prizes.

With Nigel’s encouragement and some incredibly generous bidders, the event raised an incredible £22,262 to help provide malnourished children around the world with healthier futures.

The night was sponsored by J.W.Lees, Farmison & Co, Caffé Musetti, Taittinger, Wellocks and Whitehouse Event Crockery. Polite, a publishing and film company created 'Hawo's Story' which was shown on the night.

A huge thank you to everyone involved, including D&D’s 20 Stories and Aiden Byrne for their generous hospitality (and letting the critics loose in their kitchen!), to all of the sponsors and of course the guests, chefs and critics who helped to make such an incredible event. It is because of your support that we can continue to help malnourished children to survive and thrive.

Take a look at all of the activity from the evening on Twitter via #TooManyCritics and @ACF_UK


Host Nigel Barden interviews Neil Sowerby about his scallop dish 

Mal Evans, owner of Mojo's and Sandy from Taittinger check out the auction lots

MasterChef winner Simon Wood enjoying the evening

Chef Andrew Nutter gives his expert feedback to Matt White on his broccoli quiche

Aiden Bryne from 20 Stories opened up his kitchen to the critics for one evening 

Chef judges Mark Birchall, Steven Smith and Stosie Madi prepare to taste Neil Sowerby's dish 

Deanna Thomas from Manchester Confidential puts the finishing touches to her Manchester Tart

Guests enjoy a game of heads and tails 

The winning critic Louise Rhind-Tutt with Aiden Byrne and Caroline Dyer from Action Against Hunger

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Photos by Carl Sukonik – The Vain Photography