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Too Many Critics London

Some of the participating critics in chef whites and aprons with their arms around one another's shoulders

Too Many Critics London

Date: Sunday 8th July
Time: 6.00pm – 11.30pm
Dress code: Smart & Stylish
Address: temper City, 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, London EC2R 7HJ
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Swapping air-conditioned offices for the flames of the six-metre-long grill at Neil Rankin’s temper City, some of the UK’s top food writers will be feeling the heat as Too Many Critics returns to London for its thirtieth edition on Sunday 8th July 2018.  

The tables will turn as critics Bill Knott (FT’s How to Spend It), Adam Hyman (CODE Hospitality), Tracey MacLeod (The Independent), Joe Warwick (Where Chefs Eat) and Hugh Thompson (Delicious Magazine) tackle temper City’s live fire kitchen. Under the watchful gaze of a room full of chefs and restauranteurs, the critics will certainly be feeling the pressure as they cook up a bespoke storm for 140 guests.

As the critics sweat in the kitchen, legendary host Nigel Barden will guide guests through the evening of food, fun and fundraising with an exciting live and silent auction with the opportunity to bid on and win exclusive prizes including art, European getaways and bespoke chef masterclasses. Tickets are priced at £120 per person and all funds raised will go towards supporting our programmes around the world, ensuring everyone has access to clean water, food, training and healthcare. 


Some of the food critics and writers in chef whites at last year's event at Hakkasan Hanway Place
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2017 saw the critics take on Catonese cuisine at Hakkasan Hanway Place, and in 2016 the critics tried their hand Peruvian fare at Ceviche Old St. In 2015 the critics took on Merchants Tavern under Head Chef Neil Borthwick and Michelin-starred Chef Patron Angela Hartnett’s strict direction, watch the video of their experience below: 



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Thanks to Action Against Hunger, I've seen first-hand how the money we raise in the UK transforms the lives of children who live thousands of miles away. We are all global citizens now, and it really is within our power to end child hunger in our lifetimes. I think future generations will hold us accountable if we don't grasp that chance.
Bill Knott, Food writer




temper are unique BBQ restaurants with a focus on New World wine and an innovative cocktail selection. Everything is prepared in house and cooked in front of your eyes, using only wood and charcoal in huge open kitchen fire pits in the middle of the room. Renowned chef and barbecue expert Neil Rankin opened the first temper with managing director Sam Lee in Soho in 2016. Their second opening, temper City, in 2017 focuses on curry and gin, and most recently opening temper Covent Garden in May, focusing on pizza and vermouth.


Champagne Taittinger 

Champagne Taittinger has supported Action Against Hunger for over a decade, and have kindly donated champagne to many of our events, including past Too Many Critics dinners. Champagne Taittinger is widely available in restaurants and on the high street at Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s Majestic, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and many independent specialists.