Industry benevolent charity Hospitality Action has received a donation of £32,000 from Obsession 17, the gastronomic event celebrating great food, wine and chefs orchestrated by Northcote's Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft.
Taking place earlier this year at the Langho property, the food festival saw 22 chefs with 16 Michelin stars between them deliver exclusive menus across 17 consecutive nights. Chefs who took part in the high-profile event included one-Michelin-starred chef Michael O'Hare of the Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds, John Williams of the Ritz, London, which was awarded a Michelin star in October in the 2017 guide, and James Close of the Raby Hunt Inn in Summerhouse, who was promoted to two stars at the same time.
A silent auction, with prizes including a diamond pendant, ran throughout, generating contributions towards the total amount.
Nigel Haworth, patron of Hospitality Action and Northcote's chef-proprietor, said: "I'm over the moon we've managed to raise so much money for such a worthwhile cause. Obsession is a celebration of the best talent our industry has to offer and as much as it's important to celebrate the great work going on across the industry, it's equally important to recognise the issues many are facing every day."
Penny Moore, chief executive of Hospitality Action, added: We're incredibly grateful for the continued support of Craig Bancroft, The Caterer's Hotelier of the Year 2016, Nigel Haworth and the Northcote team. This year's fantastic donation is an enormous help towards the ambitious target we set ourselves as we celebrate our 180th year. With plans to reach £1.8m by the end of 2017, events such as this are an incredible boost."
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