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The Great British Chefs NSPCC Dinner 2017

The Great British Chefs NSPCC Dinner 2017

Great British Chefs 08 December 2017

One night, five courses, over £200,000 raised for charity – the sixth annual Great British Chefs Dinner was a huge success. Take a look at some of the images captured from the night and learn more about the chefs involved.

Since 2012, Great British Chefs and the NSPCC have been working together to raise as much money as possible for the charity’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme. The annual winter gala is the culmination of months of work; this year, it was held on 5 December at the incredible Guildhall in London, with just over £200,000 raised in one evening – taking our overall total to £1.2 million.

The Great British Chefs Dinner is our chance to bring some of the finest Michelin-starred chefs from all over the UK (and one from Italy) to London for one night only to raise money for a great cause. Our chefs this year had an impressive six Michelin stars between them, and the five-course dinner served on the night was out of this world. It would take a whopping forty-nine hours of driving 3,000 miles to visit each of the chefs' restaurants, making the dinner a once in a lifetime experience.

Shaun Hill of The Walnut Tree Inn in Wales kicked things off with his pâté aux herbes with piccalilli, before our Italian guest Cristina Bowerman of Glass Hostaria in Rome served a beautiful bowl of mezzelune pasta with the flavours of Amatriciana sauce. For fish, Galton Blackiston of Morston Hall in Norfolk served scallops with pumpkin and Parmesan, while double Michelin-starred Sat Bains from Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham presented his main course of beef cheek with tartare, celeriac and truffle. Nigel Haworth finished things off with his beautiful tiramisu truffle and banana ice cream.

There was a lot more than just fantastic food on offer, though – throughout the night there were over 100 lots up for grabs in our silent auction, which raised a record amount of money for the NSPCC. Incredible prizes from the likes of Stirred Travel, Harrods Food Hall, Small Luxury Hotels of The World, Emirates, Illy, Vitamix, Peter’s Yard, Sous Vide Tools, Zwilling, Staub, Willie's Cacao and Brindisa were sold to the highest bidder, with everything from luxury weekend breaks and Michelin-starred dinners to state-of-the-art kitchenware and fine art available.

Special thanks to many of our own chefs too, who not only attended the evening but donated meals at their incredible restaurants. Adam Simmonds, Adam Stokes, Michael Smith, Paul Foster, Mark Dodson, James Sommerin and Geoffrey Smeddle might not have been cooking the food on the night, but their generous donations helped raise a huge amount of money for a great cause. Other restaurant experiences were kindly donated by Simon Hulstone, Marcello Tully, Frances Atkins, Matthew Tomkinson, Alyn Williams, Adam Gray, Christoffer Hruskova, Chantelle Nicholson, the Galvin brothers, Graham Hornigold, Pascal Aussignac, Paul Welburn, Francesco Mazzei and the team at The Clove Club.

Take a look at the images below to get a taste of the evening – one of our most successful yet. After a highly successful event plans are already in the works for next year's dinner, which will be held on 11 December. We'll be looking to raise even more money for such a worthy cause.

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