Bury comes to Bildeston – Six chefs cook to raise £10,000 for local Hospice.

November 15, 2018

Last Monday evening, five chefs from Bury St Edmunds joined Chris Lee in his kitchen at The Bildeston Crown to cook a five-course dinner with canapes and petits fours, and raise an incredible £10,000 (ten thousand pounds) for St Nicholas Hospice Care

The six chefs were:

Chris Lee – The Bildeston Crown

Greig Young – The Northgate

James Carn – currently working at All Saints, Fornham as well as various pop-ups across Suffolk

Justin Sharp – Pea Porridge

Pascal Canevet – Maison Bleue

Zack Deakins – 1921 Angel Hill

Over fifty diners paid £90.00 per head for the dinner and matched wines selected and described by Ed Keith at Hallgarten Wines. As they ate, diners generously purchased raffle tickets to win prizes donated by each chef. A surprise addition to the evening was a number of other treats offered by those who had heard about the event which led to chef Chris Lee turning auctioneer to whip up bids on seven prize lots. There were stay packages from Tuddenham Mill and Fawsley Hall; a golf match with four of the chefs at Hintlesham Hall; a clay pigeon shoot at The Lindsey Rose; a dinner party at home cooked by Chris Lee; two tickets for high speed ride in a Porsche at a Grand Prix race circuit and an unbelievable opportunity to fly in a spitfire from Duxford donated by TMJ interiors. Still in his chef’s whites and clearly running on adrenaline, Chris worked on his audience and the bids came pouring in.

It was Chris’s idea to hold this event, primarily to highlight in one great dinner the best chefs, restaurants and food producers of West Suffolk but also as he explains: “I count all these chefs as good friends and thought it would be a great opportunity to get together; we don’t do it enough. The fact that in having fun cooking together we can also raise some much-needed funds for the local hospice – well that is even better.”

Shona Doig, community administrator for the Hospice, who attended the event, explained “The Hospice needs to raise up to £11,000 a day from community fundraising events such as this, to continue supporting people living with long-term and life-limiting illnesses in West Suffolk and Thetford area.” Emma Clements , major events fund-raiser for the Hospice, who visited Bildeston to formally receive the cheque, also stressed the need for community support: “A big thank you to all six chefs and their teams for giving up their Monday night off to raise such a phenomenal amount. We are so proud that West Suffolk has such talented chefs and are immensely grateful for their continued support.”

For further information on chefs’ bios, menu and prizes see leaflet attached here.