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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 ...

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


The Grubworm said…
What a great night - that baking looks fab, and all for a good cause too. I was sorry not to be there.
PDH said…
Fantastic job by all concerned! Glad it was such a roaring success and shame I missed it.