Michelin-starred Chefs raise over £70,000 for DEBRA Charity at the Great Chefs Dinner
Six chefs gave their time to create a glamorous dining experience at one of the most luxurious hotels in the capital, The Langham, raising over £70,000 for the charity DEBRA – the only national charity in the UK supporting people with the potentially fatal skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
Chefs Michel Roux Jr, Andrew Wong, Mark Flanagan, Chris King, Gianluca Fusto and Andrew Gravett were each responsible for one course of the bespoke menu at the DEBRA Great Chefs Dinner which took place earlier this month. Guests enjoyed specially paired wines with each course.
During the DEBRA Great Chefs Dinner, DEBRA president Simon Weston CBE, took to the stage to give guests an insight into the pain and suffering people with EB go through. Simon, a Falklands war veteran who survived the 1982 bombing of RAF Sir Galahad, suffered burns on 46% of his body and had to undergo 98 operations. Simon said: “I am delighted that we were able to raise over £70,000 from the Great Chefs Dinner, the meal from the world class chefs was superb and the wine was perfect! We are very appreciative of the Chefs support, it is phenomenal that they gave up their valuable time to help us fight EB and raise the profile of the condition.”
Also in attendance at the event were Olympic silver medallist and the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, nee Phillips, and her husband, former England Rugby captain Mike Tindall.
DEBRA is the only national charity in the UK providing care and support to people suffering from EB, and funding pioneering research into effective treatments to find a cure for the condition. 100% of the proceeds from the night will help fund specialist EB nurses providing life changing care across the country. DEBRA receives no government funding and relies on donations to carry out its work and fight EB.
The next DEBRA fundraiser, the DEBRA Butterfly Ball, will be on 14 June at Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel, where Jason Atherton will be cooking alongside three Michelin star chef Pierre Koffman. Tickets are £195 and can be bought here.