On Sunday June 4th, Cinnamon Club hosted the sixteenth ‘Too Many Critics’ charity event, which was established by charity ambassador Bill Knott and late supporter Charles Campion. And what a night! From the delicious four-course meal prepared by our brave food critics to Ravneet Gill and the chefs critiques keeping us entertained all night long – it was amazing to see everyone come together and raised over £120,000 for Action Against Hunger’s lifesaving work around the world. Making this the most successful Too Many Critics ever.
To put this into context, this could train 409 Community Health Workers, who could collectively help save the lives of 53,170 children a year at risk of malnutrition. We could not have done that without the help of our incredible supporters.
The critics who took part included Tom Parker Bowles (Mail on Sunday), Giles Coren (The Times), Grace Dent (The Guardian), David Ellis (Evening Standard), Adam Hyman (The Good Food Guide), and Food Writer and Author, Rose Prince. The chefs judging the critics’ dishes include Michelin-starred Nieves Barragán (Sabor) and Great British Menu winner Pip Lacey (hicce).
Alongside the meal, there was a silent and live auction with a spectacular array of prizes, including a champagne dinner for four at Michelin-starred Gymkhana, a four-course dinner for two at Michelin- starred Trinity, and a lobster and champagne lunch on the beach with an overnight stay at The Suffolk.
The money raised will help Action Against Hunger continue their vital work to end world hunger. With projects spanning mental health, climate change adaptation and improved access to clean water, Action Against Hunger works to predict, prevent and treat life-threatening hunger in over 50 countries.
Commenting on the event, Bill Knott, Co Founder of Too Many Critics says, “Together with the late, great Charles Campion, I staged the first ‘Too Many Critics’ back in 2001 and it was terrific fun. The next year, we took over The Cinnamon Club, and I’m delighted to be back there again this year, 21 years later, with my old friend Vivek Singh, who has generously forgotten what we did to his kitchen last time. But it’s all in aid of a terrific cause. I’ve been very proud to work with Action Against Hunger for 25 years now: having visited many of their projects around the world, I know the funds we raise on 4 June will go to the people who need it most.”
Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director at Action Against Hunger UK, said: “With 222 million people facing crisis levels of malnutrition and hunger, we know that Action Against Hunger’s work is far from over. Extreme poverty, wars, climate change, and increased levels of inequalities are compounding the issues that we have been addressing for over 40 years. This is why it’s invaluable to get the support from as many people as possible, and Britain’s favourite culinary stars and their critics are no exception.”
Hawksmoor, our amazing long-term partners, have held the annual Hawksmoor Dinner for the past 10 years – raising just under £1 million to date. We invite guests to dine at Hawksmoor Guildhall, where they’re treated to courses cooked by some of the country’s most talented chefs. They also have the chance to win a host of fabulous prizes.