The dining room at the Rosewood London will see an extraordinary culinary event when 20 of the UK’s most celebrated chefs cook for 20 tables of 10 guests (£7,000 per table) on March 5. In aid of Leuka, the charity leading leukaemia and other blood cancer research in the UK, the question will be: who is cooking dinner for each table?
The chefs have an extraordinary 15 Michelin stars between them and include Angela Hartnett, Giorgio Locatelli, Hélène Darroze, Nathan Outlaw, Mark Hix, Tom Kerridge and Tong Chee Hwee. “On the evening, the names of the guests are drawn from a hat by the chefs,” says Australian chef Peter Gordon, who dreamt up Who’s Cooking Dinner and will be feeding one lucky table on the night. “It’s only then that anyone knows who’s cooking their dinner and therefore what menu they’ll be eating.”
The dinner, accompanied by wine pairings, will be followed by a lively auction where guests can bid for the participating chefs to cook for them in their own homes – whether it be Simon Rogan of Roganic, Tim Hughes from Scott’s, Brett Graham from The Ledbury… the list goes on.
Now in its 20th year, the annual dinner was conceived after Peter Gordon’s sister was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 1994: “I was a bone marrow donor to my youngest sister Tracey, who is now still alive and well – and has since become quite a creative cook, which she attributes to my marrow,” says Gordon. Chris Corbin, restaurateur behind The Wolseley and Brasserie Zédel, also suffered from leukaemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant. Twenty-two years later, Corbin is the chairman of both Leuka and Who’s Cooking Dinner. “With another outstanding line-up of the UK’s top chefs, it’s humbling to see such hard work and generosity in support of a life-changing charity,” he says. “The amount of funds raised continues to achieve new heights each year.”
This will be one occasion when too many cooks will not be spoiling the broth.