04th April 2018
2018’s Who’s Cooking Dinner has been another fantastic and memorable night of fundraising for Leuka!
Leuka’s celebrated fundraising event is held on the first Monday in March every year. Twenty of the UK’s most renowned chefs come together for one night to cook for our guests. In total there are twenty tables, each with ten guests who have no idea who’ll be cooking up a feast for them on the night!
The evening works like this: it all starts with a pre-dinner reception, during which the chefs are randomly assigned a table each. Following a four-course meal with matched wines, diners take part in an auction where they can bid for their favourite chef to cook in their own home! A truly ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience!
This year was our 19th Who’s Cooking Dinner? and saw two exciting changes: a new venue, the stunning Rosewood London, and the introduction of 21 chefs for 21 tables instead of the usual 20.
In total the event raised a phenomenal £384,250 for vital leukaemia research, like the research into a new treatment for a rare childhood leukaemia by Dr Jasper de Boer and Dr Owen Williams at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
Who’s Cooking Dinner, was founded in 1999 by the chef Peter Gordon. In 1994 Peter’s sister, Tracey, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and Peter was her bone marrow donor. Tracey is now happily recovered, and since then Peter decided to create this extraordinary fundraising event to support our leukaemia research.
London’s top chefs turned up the heat in the kitchen
Like every year, the stars of the evening are undoubtedly the chefs. This year the list included much-loved Who’s Cooking Dinner veterans, plus some shiny new faces in the kitchen! Our sincerest and largest thanks go to: Brett Graham, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Mark Hix, Francesco Mazzei, Tom Kerridge, Mark Hix, Tim Highes, Adam Byatt, Nathan Outlaw, Angela Hartnett, Hélène Darroze, José Pizarro, Giorgio Locatelli, Hideki Hiwatashi, Tong Chee Hwee, Bjoern Weissgerber, Dan Doherty; Hamish Brown; Simon Rogan; Jockie Petrie; and Calum Franklin.
Peter said, “I’m always so impressed with the chefs and their restaurant teams at WCD? Their generosity, comradeship and general ‘can do’ attitude makes this evening a really enjoyable part of my year. Plus, we all get to do what we love, watch our peers doing their thing, AND raise money to help fight leukaemia."
For more on the chefs, including links to their restaurants, visit our Who’s Cooking Dinner? Hall of Fame.
The dinner wasn’t the only exciting part of the evening
The auction, led by the great Oliver Barker from Sotheby’s, was electrifying as ever, with not only the chance to bid for a private chef dinner, but the chance to win other generously donated raffle prizes like an afternoon tea at The Connaught.
The evening was masterfully presented by Gyles Brandreth who was also joined by the legendary Tim Rice.
Our warmest thanks go to all those who made this evening incredible, starting from the wonderful chefs, without whom this event would not exist! Our special thanks also go to Gyles Brandreth, Oliver Barker and Tim Rice. Also to all those who volunteered and worked hard behind the scenes – thank you!
The money raised for the event go towards lifesaving research into the causes and treatments of leukaemia and other blood cancers. To see more photos from this year's Who's Cooking Dinner? event, head to our Facebook page.