October 03, 2012
To celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Keech Hospice Care, five of London’s top chefs will be cooking up four courses for guests at the charity’s food fundraiser. The gourmet event will be held on Thursday 18 October at The Brasserie restaurant, Barnfield College, New Bedford Road in Luton.
Under the watchful eye of Andrew Bennett, executive chef from the Sheraton Park Lane hotel, his colleague Sarah Hartnett, head pastry chef, Henry Brosi from The Dorchester, Paul Gaylor, from The Lanesborough and Kevin Clarke from Luton Hoo will each be responsible for creating one of the courses. They will be ably assisted by a team of students and staff from the College’s Hospitality & Tourism faculty.
On arrival guests will be welcomed with champagne and canapés created by Vince O’Toole and Steve Latimer from Spencer House London. There will also be the opportunity to bid on some amazing auction and table prizes that include weekend breaks in Barcelona, Venice, Krakow and Dublin and spa breaks and dinners in top UK hotels and restaurants all donated in support of this event.
Monty Panesar, England’s number-one spin-bowler and Keech ambassador, said: “This is fine dining for a good cause at a fraction of the price you’d pay in a top London restaurant.”
“I was born and bred in Luton, so it’s great to see a local charity at the top of the menu for these London chefs and how wonderful to see young students, giving up their own time to support their icons. We really need local people and businesses to follow their example and dig deep to support this worthwhile cause that helps families cope with the impossible – the care for a child who has a life-limiting illness.”
Barnfield College is donating the space free of charge and all the chefs, armed with their pots, pans and trays of ingredients are also giving their time for free in the hope of raising £25,000 for Keech. In 2012/13 it will cost over £5m to provide all the patient care and support for the children’s and adults services.