Too Many Critics lands in Bristol

by Jess Carter

02 February 2018

Crumbs is about to venture to the business end of the pass...

A group of local food writers from across Bristol have teamed up to put on a rather special dinner this March.

The Too Many Critics event was born way back in 2001 in London, and sees food critics swap places with chefs for the evening to work a service in a real life kitchen. The writers are put through their paces as they conceive, cook and serve paying customers a multi-course menu. Now, the event has landed in Bristol, and we can reveal Bambalan on Colston Avenue to be the all-important location.

For one night only, restaurant punters – which will just to happen to include a group of pro chefs, enjoying a night off – will be able to kick back with a cocktail as they watch the local press' food critics get busy in the open kitchen. (Talk about pressure cooking, hey?) And, to really tun the tables on the critics, guests will even get to rate each of their dishes, with the winner (and shame-faced losers) being announced at the end of the evening.

That ain't all, though; it's with sweaty palms and racing hearts of anticipation that we reveal our very own editor Jessica Carter is among the writers who'll be donning a set of chef whites for the evening. She'll be joined by Crumbs columnist and food TV producer Andy Clarke, restaurant critic Mark Taylor, magazine editor Martin Booth, and nationally-known food writer Bill Knott.

The event, which Hyde & Co exec chef Todd Francis and former South West Chef of the Year winner Steve Ashworth are helping to organise, is all in the name of charity, and will be raising vital finds for Action Against Hunger . It will be held on the evening of 4 March, with tickets priced at £45 for a welcome cocktail and a four-course (expertly-cooked, of course) meal; click here to grab yours!