Spicers Retreats chef Cameron Matthews has returned from a quick trip to London to participate in the inaugural UKHarvest UK CEO Cookoff, after having been invited by the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

This event saw 60 CEOs and leaders swap their daily suits and routines for aprons and the kitchen. Alongside 30 renowned chefs, including Angela Hartnett, Mark Hix, Bill Granger, Atul Kochlhr and Gennaro Contaldo, they cooked a three-course banquet for more than 600 everyday people who have dedicated their lives to helping others.

The evening was officially opened by The Duchess of Cornwall, who is a long time patron of UK Harvest.

She demonstrated her skills in the kitchen by helping to prepare starters in both Jamie Oliver’s and Angela Hartnett’s kitchens.

Thirty fully-functioning kitchens were installed against the backdrop of Old Billingsgate Market in London especially for the evening, thanks to the generous contributions made by John Lewis, Hotpoint and Tefal. Each of the kitchens was run by its own high-profile chef, creating thirty small restaurants for attendees to enjoy.

Guests were treated to special performances by musician Callum Scott and world-renowned magician Dynamo, while Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston were just two of the numerous celebrities in attendance.

Cameron loved the experience, connected with plenty of talented chefs, raised much-needed dollars, and even had the opportunity to attend Wasted.

Upon the event’s conclusion, Jamie Oliver stated, “We’ve achieved two fantastic things tonight at the CEO CookOff—we’ve secured over half a million pounds to provide better food education in hundreds of schools across the UK, as well as feed hundreds of families in need, while reducing food waste.”

With the expectation of around $2 million to be made in the next 2 years, Oliver hopes to continue transforming the lives of everyday people with access to fresh food and daily eating plans.

 

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