Top Bristol chefs pull it out of the bag for charity challenge

What happened when top Bristol chefs took on a Ready Steady Cook challenge

Earlier this week, Box-E hosted a very special event in aid of the local food charity Fareshare. Eight of Bristol’s best-known chefs took part in a Ready Steady Cook style competition in front of a live audience using mystery bags of ingredients that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Taking part were Peter Sanchez from Michelin-starred Casamia, Henry Eldon of The Cauldron, Wizzy Chung from Sky Kong Kong, Jan Ostle from Wilsons, cook and best-selling author Genevieve Taylor, Lucy Queiroz from Harvey Nichols Bristol, Josh Eggleton from The Pony and Trap and Rob Howell from Root.

Compered by our very own Crumbs columnist Andy Clarke, the event saw each chef given a bag of mystery ingredients (in this case, surplus produce that Fareshare had saved from going to waste), all of which had to be used to create a meal in 20 minutes.

Two chefs at a time were pitted against each other, with the audience voting fot their winner (yes, we’re talking red tomato or green pepper – a la the original ’90s TV show). Each dish was then auctioned off with all proceeds going to Fareshare. 

Celebrating their third birthday, Lost and Grounded were on hand to keep punters refreshed with their beers, with all proceeds heading to charity. The total amount of cash made for Fareshare is still being counted and we’ll update this story when we have the info. 

Fareshare is a charity that fights hunger and food waste by redistributing food across the South West to charities, schools and community groups, who use it to cook meals for vulnerable people. Follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with future events and to follow their work. One-quarter of children in Bristol are at risk of hunger over the school holidays. Money raised from this event will help them in sending out 40,000 meals over the summer to the children of Bristol.