The Bocuse d’Or UK to host star-studded fundraising gala

Charity dinner to bring together all eight of the UK’s three Michelin starred chefs for the first time.

The Bocuse d’Or UK is hosting its most ambitious fundraising dinner yet, bringing together all of the UK’s three Michelin starred chefs to cook on Monday, 22nd January at Raffles London at The OWO. This unprecedented 16 hands collaboration will mark the first time that the eight chefs will join forces to create a gastronomic masterpiece menu featuring their signature dishes.

The black-tie fundraising gala is in partnership with The Cancer Awareness Trust and Raffles London at The OWO. 

The evening will celebrate the very best of British gastronomy and showcase the UK’s exceptional culinary talents through a spectacular menu with dishes from Clare Smyth, CORE by Clare Smyth and President of Bocuse d’Or Team UK, Alain Roux, The Waterside Inn, Daniel Stucki, The Lecture Room & Library at sketch, Edward Cooke, The Fat Duck, Jean-Philippe Blondet, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Marco Zampese, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Matt Abé, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Simon Rogan, L’Enclume – Bocuse d’Or UK President 2019 – 2023.

The inspiration for the dinner came from Clare Smyth who became President of Team UK earlier this year after witnessing the team’s ambition and skill at the Bocuse World Final, where they competed amongst the world’s most most prestigious chefs. Clare is the first and only British female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars for her restaurant Core by Clare Smyth.

“One of the Bocuse d’Or UK’s goals is to inspire the next generation of British chefs and what could be more inspiring than having all the three Michelin stars of the UK cook at such an iconic venue. I believe we have some of the best chefs in the world cooking in this country, but I also know that to compete successfully in the Bocuse d’Or requires significant preparation and investment. I joined the team as UK President with the ambition to win gold, this fundraising dinner will give us the best chance yet of reaching that podium next March.” President of Bocuse d’Or Team UK, Clare Smyth.

Candidate Tom Phillips, executive chef of Restaurant Story and commis chef Harry van Lierop from the Ledbury in London will represent the UK at the Bocuse d’Or Europe in Trondheim, Norway on Wednesday, 20th March. They will be supported by coach Ian Musgrave, executive sous chef at The Ritz London who achieved seventh place in this year’s Bocuse d’Or World Final. With President Clare Smyth, the UK team represents a total of eight Michelin stars.

The proceeds from the gala will give the young chefs representing the UK the best chance of achieving gold in the world’s most renowned and prestigious live cooking competition, the Bocuse d’Or. In the culinary world it is the equivalent to the Olympics or the World Cup.

Money raised on the night will also fund a nutritionist who will work with Team UK and The Cancer Awareness Trust to educate chefs about the difference food can make to those living with cancer.

The Bocuse d’Or UK and The Cancer Awareness Trust’s relationship began at a lunch attended by Bocuse d’Or UK chair, Andreas Antona, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Andreas’ experience led him to believe that with the right training, chefs could play an essential role in improving the enjoyment and health of those living with cancer and was inspired by the vision of Cancer Platform.

“Our collaboration with the Bocuse d’Or UK team and Chef Andreas Antona is designed to deliver real change in everyone’s awareness of the role nutrition plays in a cancer journey, from prevention to end of life. This event is a huge opportunity to get us a step closer to delivering on that mission and to raising the profile of the Bocuse d’Or UK who we think have a real chance of winning in the next competition. Join us for a truly unique night, make a real difference to both organisations and experience a taste sensation you’ll never forget.” Founder of the Cancer Awareness Trust, Prof. Sir Chris Evans.

Tickets are priced at £1,500 per person or tables of ten are also available for purchase from

Featured Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash.

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