Monday, 25 April 2011

Kai We Care - Behind the Scenes

Petits Fours from Edd Kimber and Luke Mackay at Kai We Care by meemalee
Petits fours by Edd Kimber (the Boy Who Bakes) and Chef Luke Mackay

Kai We Care. #KaiWeCare.

Kai We Care was the mother of all fundraising dinners held on Monday 4th April 2011 at One Moorgate Place in London.

Preparing the pre-starter by Kavey Eats

The brainchild of Mat Follas, chef patron of the Wild Garlic, and Dave Ahern aka Cork Gourmet Guy, writer turned chef.

#KaiWeCare Canapes by Kavey Eats#KaiWeCare Pre-starter by Kavey Eats
Canapes and Pre-starter

Its aim was to help the New Zealand Red Cross in their efforts to provide relief in the aftermath of February's earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Chefs at Work by Kavey Eats

Simon Hulstone by Kavey Eats
Chef Alyn Williams

A stunning nine-course dinner, cooked by a brigade of award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs, followed by an auction of wonderful prizes.

Edd Kimber by Kavey EatsLuke Mackay by meemalee
Edd Kimber and Luke Mackay

It might have seemed like a case of too many cooks, but in the end, the chefs, the front of house, and everyone else pulled the night off with panache.

The #KaiWeCare Brigade by meemalee

Over £60,000 was raised - a phenomenal amount - thanks to the amazing efforts of the Kai We Care team led by Mat Follas, Dave Ahern, Grant Hawthorne and John Comyn (for the full team, see here).

Dave Ahern and Mat Follas by Kavey Eats
Dave Ahern and Mat Follas

Much has been written about the night already (see links below), but here's a taste of what I caught with my camcorder backstage ...

See also:

Thanks to Kavita Favelle of Kavey Eats for the use of her photos

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Great British Menu 2011 - Johnnie Mountain Interview (North West)

Johnnie Mountain and Marcus Bean at Kai We Care by Kavita Favelle of Kavey Eats
L-R: Johnnie Mountain of the English Pig, London (Great British Menu 2011) and Marcus Bean of The New Inn, Baschurch (Iron Chef Winner 2010) at Kai We Care (photo © Kavita Favelle of Kavey Eats)

“It’s a pretty tall order given the competition, but even among chefs, Johnnie Mountain could be considered seriously eccentric”
Charles Campion

I'm ashamed (relieved) to say that my TV viewing has diminished greatly of late, but I'm hoping to catch Great British Menu 2011 from tomorrow.

This year the chefs are being challenged to cook for the ultimate street party, The People's Banquet - inspired by The Big Lunch, a nationwide one-day event that encourages people to cook and eat with their neighbours in the spirit of community, friendship and fun.

This week on the Great British Menu, it's the turn of the North West chefs Bruno Birkbeck, Johnnie Mountain and Lisa Allen to fight it out.

I got the chance to speak with Johnnie Mountain, chef/owner of the English Pig on Aldersgate Street, London at the New Zealand Earthquake charity event Kai We Care earlier this month (more of which soon), and having spent a short while in his company, I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing how he fares - even though he does scare me a tiny bit due to a startling resemblance to Gary Oldman.

The Great British Menu 2011
The North West round starts Monday 18th April at 6.30 on BBC2

Friday, 1 April 2011

They've Arrived - Bags for Japan


Short, slightly over-excited note to say that I've now seen my Bags for Japan in real life!

They are brilliant (vain, I know), but they're also nice fabric and the print quality is great.


If you've ordered one, hopefully they'll arrive soon - and if you haven't got one yet, why ever not?

All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross as before.

And look! now there are T-Shirts too (this time designed by my husband from photos he took) ...