Top chefs from around the UK have stepped in to raise an amazing £150,000 for Ty Hafan by cooking a memorable meal in Cardiff
Chefs’ Night Out took over the kitchens of St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay for an exclusive night of fine food and wine in aid of the children’s hospice.
The event’s success brings the total raised by Chefs’ Night Out to more than half a million pounds since its inception in 2010.
During the evening, each table of diners was treated to a delicious meal cooked by one of the chefs – but they didn’t know who would be cooking for them until service began.
In a special twist, the stellar line-up of 15 chefs, including The Hardwick’s Stephen Terry, Coast’s Will Holland and the River Café’s Sian Wyn Owen, offered their culinary services off-menu 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.
Ty Hafan is a charity close to the hearts of organisers David Loosemore and Huw Edwards, who started Chefs’ Night Out to raise funds for the children’s hospice and the support it provides for life-limited children and their families.
David Loosemore said: “Raising £150,000 for such a worthwhile cause as Ty 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 are continually amazed by not only our guests, in raising £150,000 for Ty Hafan, but also 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.”
Mair Kinsey, interim events manager at Ty Hafan, said: “Through their dedication and commitment, David and Huw have raised £600,000 in total for Ty Hafan since they launched Chefs’ Night Out in 2010.
“This money makes a world of difference to the lives of children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families across Wales.
“Thank you to David and Huw, all the chefs who have generously donated their time and skills and, of course, to everyone who gave so generously on the evening itself.”
The stellar line-up of chefs included: Hywel Jones – Lucknam Park; Stephen Terry – The Hardwick; Will Holland – Coast Saundersfoot; Mark Jordan – Ocean, Jersey; Tomos Parry – Kittie Fishers; Alistair Barsby – The Grove, Narberth; Sian Wyn Owen – River Cafe; Phil Carmichael – Berners Tavern; Juan Galvez – Marbella Club; Ludo Dieumegard – The Harbourmaster; David Kelman – Old Swan & Minster Mill; Richard Davies – Epicure; Hrishikesh Desai – Gilpin Hotel & Lake House; Andrew Birch – Fishmore Hall; Simon Padilla – Puente Romano; Hywel Griffith – Beach House, Oxwich.