Twenty Michelin-starred chefs cook dinner to help cure leukaemia
On Monday 4th March 2013, twenty chefs from London’s finest restaurants will be packing their chef whites and heading to the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane to cook dinner for Leuka’s annual Who’s Cooking Dinner? fundraising event.
Who’s Cooking Dinner? has been one of the most exclusive events in the London restaurant world for over a decade. Every year, 20 top chefs prepare a meal for 200 diners, who can also bid for the culinary masters to cook dinner in their home at a later date, all in aid of Leuka.
Chris Corbin, (co-owner of The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel and Colbert) Chairman of Who’s Cooking Dinner? says, ‘We’re so lucky to have such an amazing family of chefs and restaurants supporting this event. Each year they rise to the occasion – the dishes paraded into the ballroom are highly innovative and of astonishing quality’
The top chefs for 2013:
|Bruno Loubet||Bistrot Bruno Loubet|
|Bruce Poole||Chez Bruce|
|Richard Corrigan||Corrigan’s Mayfair|
|Ashley Palmer Watts||Dinner by Heston Blumenthal|
|Tong Chee Hwee||Hakkasan|
|Michele Lombardi||Harry’s Bar|
|Pierre Koffmann||Koffmann’s at The Berkeley|
|Chris & Jeff Galvin||La Chapelle|
|Marcus Wareing||Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley|
|Jason Atheron||Pollen Street Social|
|Brett Graham||The Ledbury|
|Peter Gordon||The Providores|
|Phil Howard||The Square|
|Lawrence Keogh||The Wolseley|
|Rainer Becker together with Bjoern Weissgerber||Zuma|
Each chef creates a delectable four-course menu with accompanying wines. Now comes the twist. Only after a draw during the pre-dinner reception do guests discover which chef is cooking for them — hence, Who’s Cooking Dinner? The evening ends with an exceptional auction of chefs, with each ‘auctioned’ chef agreeing to cook dinner for ten in the home of the highest bidder.
To date, this cooking extravaganza has raised over £4 million for Leuka, and continues to make a real difference to the lives of leukaemia patients both here in the UK and abroad.
Tickets for the event
There are twenty tables of ten, each costing £6,000. Call Camilla on 020 7487 3401 to enquire.
The story behind Who’s Cooking Dinner?
In 1994, the lives of two families with strong ties to the restaurant industry changed forever. In Australia, the sister of chef Peter Gordon was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. On the opposite side of the world in a room at Hammersmith Hospital, restaurateur Chris Corbin was undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
New Zealand-born chef Peter Gordon is famed for his ‘fusion’ style of cookery, which he first introduced at
The Sugar Club and continues to explore at his London restaurants, The Providores and Kopapa. In 1994, he donated bone marrow to his youngest sister Tracey. After her full recovery, Peter wanted to do something to help other families battling with leukaemia. He came up with Who’s Cooking Dinner?.
Restaurateur Chris Corbin is one half of the duo that turned The Ivy, Le Caprice, J Sheekey and The Wolseley into London’s hottest eateries. In 1990, at the age of 38, he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia. It was a colossal thunderbolt. For the next four years, he and his family were left in limbo while they waited for a suitable donor of bone marrow. Chris, now a Trustee of the charity Leuka, chairs Who’s Cooking Dinner?
Leuka supports life-saving research into the causes and treatment of leukaemia and other blood cancers.
Our world-class scientists and clinicians working at Imperial College London and the Hammersmith Hospital are accelerating the pace of development bringing new treatments and hopefully a cure to patients as quickly as possible. Our flagship building, the Catherine Lewis Centre, built by the charity, houses fourteen isolation rooms for patients undergoing stem cell transplantation, a day-care clinic, consulting rooms and a state-of-the-art stem cell handling laboratory. We also fund promising young researchers, who we hope will become the scientific leaders of tomorrow. Nurturing next generation talent is crucial to finding new breakthroughs and cures for leukaemia and our research is being applied to other cancers with promising results.
Leuka’s goal is simple: a better future for patients both here in the UK and abroad.