Five Michelin-starred Kent chefs have raised £16,000 for charity after a dinner at Chapter One to raise money for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
Andy McLeish (Chapter One), Stephen Harris (The Sportsman), Graham Garrett (The West House), Daniel Hatton (Thackeray's) and Tim Johnson (Apicius) all appeared at the sold-out ‘Night of the Kent Chefs' on Monday night.
The chefs prepared a seven-course menu, which started with Stephen Harris' amuse bouche of poached Whitstable rock oyster. Daniel Hatton was in charge of the starter, roast saddle of Kentish wild rabbit. Graham Garrett oversaw the fish course of warm escabeche of local wild seabass. For the main, Andy McLeish cooked a roast saddle of Chart Farm sika venison and Tim Johnson prepared the finale of warm Breach Farm Bramley apple charlotte.
A silent auction also took place during the event with items including an overnight stay at Lucknam Park with dinner and a cookery class, and the chance for Andy McLeish and Graham Garrett to cook dinner for eight in the winner's home, as well as a tasting and foraging experience with Stephen Harris at the Sportsman.
Andy McLeish, chef patron at Chapter One said: "The event was a huge success. It was a great experience working with such esteemed chefs in my kitchen. We had a lot fun and the food was outstanding, but most importantly we raised a large amount for a worthy charity. We have all spoken about doing it again next year… so watch this space."