Too Many Critics lands in Bristol

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

A group of local food writers from across Bristol are teaming up to put on a rather special dinner this June.

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 Bambalan on Colston Avenue to be the all-important location.

For one night only, restaurant punters – which will just so 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; 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 Tim Hayward.

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 24 June, with tickets priced at £45 for a welcome cocktail and a four-course (expertly-cooked, of course) meal; click here to grab yours!