Top chefs from across the UK took over the kitchens of voco St David's in Cardiff Bay on 26 January 2019 to raise over £150,000 for Tŷ Hafan.
Held every two years, Chefs' Night Out brings together a number of the country's finest chefs to cook a four-course menu per table with matched wines for 160 guests. Guests discovered which chef would be cooking their dinner at a special draw during the Taittinger reception. Chefs designed their menus exclusively for the night using local produce, matched with premium wines to accompany each course.
The impressive line-up of 16 chefs not only delivered their time and tasty delights free of charge but also offered their culinary services in an after-dinner auction. Generous diners bid for their favourite chef – with the prize being a dinner party for 10 at their own home cooked by the chef at a later date. Bids for individual chefs went for up to £20,000.
Tŷ Hafan is very close to the hearts of organisers David Loosemore and Huw Edwards, who started Chefs’ Night Out back in 2010 to raise funds for the charity, with the total raised from the event so far reaching nearly £800,000.
David Loosemore said: “Raising the record amount this year of over £150,000 for such a worthwhile cause as Tŷ Hafan is both an inspiring and humbling experience..
"We are so grateful to the generosity of our guests, our chefs and all the helpers involved. The Chefs’ Night Out family continues to grow and we hope to host many more dinners in the future.”
Huw Edwards added: "We couldn’t raise this amount money without the generosity of the chefs, restaurants and their suppliers in giving not only their time but also all of their produce and wine for free. It really does make the whole event succeed.”
The stellar line-up of chefs included: Stephen Terry – The Hardwick; Tomos Parry – Brat; Sue Manson – Y Polyn; Tom Furlong and Gwyn Myring – Milkwood; Allister Barsby – The Grove; Hrishikesh Desai – Hrishi; Sian Wyn Owen – The River Café; Tom Simmons – Tom Simmons; Roger Jones – The Harrow at Little Bedwyn; Ludo Dieumegard – Harbourmaster; David Kelman – Cowley Manor; Mark Jordan – Mark Jordan at the Beach; Tom Hine – Coast Restaurant; Richard Davies – Calcot Manor; Hywel Griffith – Beach House, Oxwich; Andrew Birch – Lainston House
For more information, visit: http://www.chefsnightout.co.uk