Tracey Emin joins chefs to raise £240,000 for Action Against Hunger

19 November 2014 by
Tracey Emin joins chefs to raise £240,000 for Action Against Hunger

Chefs Simon Rogan, Nathan Outlaw and Angela Hartnett have joined food writer Gizzi Erskine and artist Tracey Emin to raise more than £240,000 for Action Against Hunger.

The Michelin-starred chefs took part in the charity's Fine Wine Auction and Dinner, which was co-founded by hotelier Robin Hutson and food writer Bill Knott. It took place on 15 November at 1 Lombard Street to fund raise for severely malnourished children.

Guests enjoyed a four-course meal prepared by the chefs alongside a live auction hosted by Stephen Mould, head of the European Wine Department at Sotheby's. Rogan, Outlaw and Hartnett have eight Michelin stars between them, at L'Enclume, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, and Murano respectively.

Special guest Emin presented the annual Humanitarian Award to Ibrahim Muhammad of Action Against Hunger-Nigeria in recognition of his work in fighting malnutrition in the Nigerian state of Jigawa, an area seriously affected by natural disasters.

Muhammad was especially honoured for his work in hiring a canoe to access a community cut off by flooding, where children had reportedly been at risk of life-threatening hunger.

Hutson, chairman and chief executive of the Lime Wood Group and Home Grown Hotels, said: "Back in 1995, over a pint in the pub, Bill Knott and I cooked up the idea of the Fine Wine Auction and Dinner. We are completely thrilled that in eight years it has turned into the largest value single event for Action Against Hunger in the UK."

Erskine is most well-known for her role as a cook for The Times newspaper. Earlier this year she also helped with another Action Against Hunger project, a 400km cycle ride across India alongside chefs including Dan Doherty, Simon Hulstone, José Pizarro, Sabrina Ghayour and Pascal Aussignac.

Part of ACF International, Action Against Hunger works to end child malnutrition and provides communities with safe drinking water and long-term solutions to hunger. It operates in more than 40 countries, working with millions of people.

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