August 17, 2020
The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards has brought together the UK’s best chefs and restaurateurs to auction off an eclectic selection of once-in-a-life time culinary experiences with all proceeds going to support the hospitality industry.
Partnering with industry charity Hospitality Action, The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards is raising substantial funds for those whose livelihoods are at risk of disappearing as a direct consequence of the pandemic.
Restaurants and chefs from the Top 100 list past and present have come up with a host of mouthwatering experiences. Lots include a meal, masterclass and stay at last year’s winner Moor Hall in Lancashire; a tour of Chinatown with celebrated chef Andrew Wong; a foraging experience followed by dinner with The Black Swan at Oldstead’s Tommy Banks; and a meal at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal including a night in the Royal suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge.
A number of chefs have offered to cook within people’s homes, including Masterchef star Monica Galetti, Ikoyi chef Jeremy Chan and Rochelle Canteen’s Margot Henderson. The Top 100 Auction also includes international experiences, including meals at world-renowned Spanish restaurants El Celler De Can Roca and Tickets (flights and accommodation included). The auction will go live on 24 August.
Last year’s National Restaurant Awards top-spot holder, Mark Birchall, of Moor Hall, says he’s proud to be supporting The Top 100 Auction. “The hospitality industry has been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic and even though restaurants are opening again, there is a long and very tough road to recovery ahead,” he adds. “It’s so important that we come together to support this industry and those who need it the most.”