Industry leaders and supporters of Hospitality Action enjoyed a dinner prepared by seven of Britain’s leading chefs at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, for its inaugural Patrons dinner. Enjoying dishes prepared by Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Snr, Gary Usher, Paul Heathcote, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Nigel Haworth and Hospitality Action’s principal patron, Jason Atherton, they were able to raise an impressive £32, 000 for the cause.

Each chef contributed to two bespoke four-course menus, with signature dishes from their respective restaurants, that were served to diners depending on where they were sitting.

All guests received Ashley Palmer-Watt’s signature starter of meat fruit, before being served dishes that included Looe day boat turbot with wild garlic, cockle velouté and cauliflower with yoghurt purée by Jason Atherton and a teardrop of milk chocolate mousse with a caramel and mango filling served with mango sorbet from Michel Roux Snr.

Hospitality Action chief executive Mark Lewis provided a preview of the charity’s new campaign, which aims to celebrate the nurturing and supportive nature of the organisation’s activities, including moving new films with first-hand accounts of how Hospitality Action supports people in the industry.

Principal patron, Jason Atherton said: “It was such an honour to cook at last night’s Patron’s Dinner, and to hear real life stories from fellow hospitality workers was extremely moving. A huge thank you to everyone that attended and to the Mandarin Oriental team for hosting the event. The money raised last night will allow Hospitality Action to continue helping people who work or have worked in the industry and have fallen on hard times. I feel privileged to be a part of such a worthwhile charity.”

Hospitality Action has been working to help those who work, or have worked, in the UK’s sector who find themselves in crisis. People suffering from life altering illnesses, experiencing poverty or may feel isolated after retiring from the industry, are offered support. They money raised goes towards grants for essentials such as food, equipment and central heating, and running educational seminars advising catering students of the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse.

For more information on the charity, check out their website — https://www.hospitalityaction.org.uk/