• Katy Metson

Charity Chefs’ Challenge


On Friday 1st June, food lovers have the opportunity to enjoy culinary theatre at its best as they watch award-winning chefs compete to impress. The emphasis of the evening is on light-hearted fun, involvement and learning how to create impressive food in minutes. Witness tricks of the trade and theatrical food magic. MC, Chef Patron Alex Aitken from The Jetty will expertly guide us through the evening. Raising the temperature in the on-stage kitchens will be Executive Chef, Craig McColm and Daniel Noonan from The Jetty Southampton Harbour Hotel.

Executive Chef Andy Mackenzie and Season’s cookery school manager, chef Sylvain Gachot will be representing Lainston House hotel. TV’s favourite chocolate master Mark Tilling, winner of Bake off: Crème de la Crème, will complete the evening.

Chas, a sponsor and pie lover has challenged the chefs to each bring along their best pie, to be tasted and judged by sponsors Accord accountancy, Audi Southampton, Compass Wealth Management, Fisher & Paykel, The Myers Touch, David Mellor Jewellers, Airways Optical and Concorde Insurance Brokers. Ringwood Brewery will be on stage advising on which ales to drink with the pies. Expect audience participation, Q&A’s and a few lucky winners will be eating at the chefs’ table. The venue for the evening will be Thornden Hall, a purpose built performance Hall with comfortable tiered seating, large stage and screen for detailed close up shots of the Chefs' work. The Hall is within Thornden School, Chandler’s Ford SO53 2DW. There's ample free parking and a cash bar. The audience start their evening with pre show nibbles and tastings served from 6.45pm, including a welcome glass of Prosecco or Ringwood Brewery ale, delicious canapés from Vanilla catering and tastings from Waitrose. 7.30pm show, a complimentary New Forest ice cream will be served in the interval, and all for £25.

Thanks to the generosity of our performers, donors and sponsors we aim for the entire £25 ticket fee to be donated to the Murray Parish Trust (TMPT); raising money to build a dedicated children’s A&E and trauma unit at University Hospital Southampton.

Bring your friends along for a great night out. Eat, drink and enjoy a truly entertaining evening of live culinary theatre whilst fundraising for TMPT; it’s easier than running a marathon!

For updates, auction and raffle prize information and tickets; www.cookerydemo.co.uk

Box Office: 023 8024 6555


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