UK restaurant sector unites for a charity campaign

Chefs, restaurants, cafés and pubs from around the UK have come together for an online charity auction to raise funds for Action Against Hunger and Hospitality Action.

On 1 July, prizes from the food and drink industry’s leading lights will be up for grabs via Today’s Special, which will be streamed live on Zoom, co-hosted by Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton with a ‘live’ auction. Lots will include flavours from Sally Abé, Chef of Harmwood Arms, London’s only Michelin-starred pub, and James Cochran, Executive Chef of 12:51. The platform includes virtual cooking lessons from chefs such as Michel Roux Jr, Angela Hartnett, Shuko Oda, Ching He Huang and Sabrina Ghayour and pastry chefs such as Helen Goh (Ottolenghi), Anna Higham (Lyle’s and Flor) and master sourdough baker Adam Sellar (Angel Bakery).

Prospective bidders can buy a £5 ticket to the event, which will give access to the Zoom Livestream and enable them to place bids on as many auctions as they like using a virtual paddle, The Caterer reported. Ticket holders will also be able to participate in a silent auction which will include more than 100 lots. All the money raised from Today’s Special will be split between Action Against Hunger, which supports those at risk of hunger, and Hospitality Action, which supports hospitality workers hit hardest by the industry shutdown. Today’s Special is aiming to raise at least £50,000.