Jamie Oliver Hosts CEO CookOff Challenge

CEO CookOff Challenge

Jamie Oliver has partnered with UKHarvest to host the first ever UK CEO CookOff as part of his Food Revolution campaign. The fun event will see some of the UK’s top business leaders team up with the nation’s best chefs to cook a banquet for 600 everyday heroes who work tirelessly to help others.

UK Harvest is an organisation which reduces unnecessary food waste by redistributing good surplus food to charities that feed people in need. Taking place in Old Billingsgate Market on 21 March, the CEO CookOff is a great example of what can be achieved when organisations, businesses, communities and individuals work together to raise money for vital food education programmes and UKHarvest’s food waste reduction initiatives.

The chefs cooking alongside Jamie include Angela Hartnett, Bill Granger, Atul Kochhar and Gennaro Contaldo. Each team will prepare part of a three-course banquet under the guidance of the professional chefs – before serving up the meal to 600 heroes who work in schools, hospitals and charities across the UK.

Business leaders taking part include Fiona Dawson (Mars), Ewan Venters (Fortnum & Mason), Richard Scudamore(Premier League) Stephen Miron (Global), Cilla Snowball CBE (AMV BBDO), Craig Inglis (John Lewis) and James Hassett (Barclays).

Speaking about the event, Jamie Oliver said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that we can get all these bigwigs together in the same room with the nation’s top chefs, all rolling up their sleeves and cooking some delicious grub for our everyday heroes – to raise money for the bigger issues around food education and waste.”

What’s more, the CEO CookOff will be a zero food waste event – with a  carefully engineered menu using specific recipes and portion control. Any meal that isn’t served will be collected by a UKHarvest’s van and taken to The Robes Project, a charity that offers shelter and food to the homeless in south London. Organic waste from the dinner will also be put into an Anaerobic Digester and turned into compost within 24 hours.

When: 21 March
Where: 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3R 6DX
Cost: Free to attend

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