PAST EVENT: Live cookalong 29th May @ 6pm, £90 for two people

On Friday 29th May, we gave you the chance to cook a vegetarian feast together with our longstanding customers and chef friends including Angela Hartnett, Yotam OttolenghiJeremy Lee and Thomasina Miers in order to raise money for our brilliant charity partner, Chefs in Schools.

Each ticket funded 60 nutritious meals to be delivered to families most in need.

Full Virtual Banquet tickets with ingredient boxes delivered SOLD OUT.



Staying in is the new going out and The Belazu Foundation gave you the chance to live a lockdown evening in full flavour with us.

On 29th May 2020, the Belazu Foundation hosted a four-course online charity cookalong dinner to raise much-needed funds for our wonderful charity partner, Chefs in Schools.

Normally, the charity aims to place professional, restaurant-trained chefs in primary schools in order to transform their food, food culture and food education. During lockdown, the number of households with children going hungry has doubled, leaving more than a fifth of families without access to enough food. To enable Chefs in Schools to get nutritious meals out to those families most in need, The Belazu Foundation aimed to raise money for an Emergency Fund, enabling 60 meals for every ticket sold.


We gave you the chance to create a DELICIOUS MEAL by cooking along from your kitchen with TOP CHEFS, including:


Angela Hartnett MBE is a Michelin-starred chef and patron of Murano restaurants, the co-owner of Merchant’s Tavern in Shoreditch, and a television host. She is also a long-standing Belazu customer.

Yotam Ottolenghi is an award-winning food writer and restaurateur. The co-owner of six delis and restaurants in London, he is also the author of several bestselling cookbooks, including SIMPLE, Plenty and Jerusalem.

Thomasina "Tommi" Miers, OBE is an English cook, writer and television presenter. She is also the co-founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants.

Jeremy James Lee is a TV chef and the chef proprietor at Quo Vadis restaurant in London. Before that, he spent eighteen years as head chef at the Blueprint Café.

Josh Katz is the chef-owner of Berber & Q Grill House and Berber & Q Shawarma Bar, both of which specialise in delicious Middle Eastern small plates. Josh has also written a cookbook, Berber & Q which is packed full of restaurant favourite recipes.

James Elliot is the co-founder of Pizza Pilgrims restaurants, which started out as a street food stall and now has an impressive 13 locations across London. James is also the co-author of the cookbook Pizza Pilgrims: Recipes from the Backstreets of Italy.

Helen is the Head Chef at Bubala and has previously worked at some of London's best Middle Eastern restaurants, including The Palomar, The Barbary, and The Good Egg. Her expertise also covers recipe development, testing and food styling.

You will also be serving up a cocktail under the guidance of bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, who goes by the name of Mr Lyan. Mr Lyan is a multi-award-winning bartender and the co-founder of the Lyan group of bars, including Lyaness, Super Lyan, and the cocktail restaurant, Cub. He is best known for making inventive, low-waste cocktails.

Ramael Scully is now at the helm of his own London restaurant, Scully, where he cooks a fusion of food from India to Australia and Malaysia. He previously spent eight years as head chef of Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant Nopi, where he co-authored the eponymous cookbook.

We sent all guests a box filled with ingredients with which to create a four-course dinner (including sides) to cook along with the chefs. The evening was streamed live over Zoom from their kitchens to yours.

Our host for the night was Henry Dimbleby, co-founder and chair of

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who introduced each chef and lead the entertainment. Henry also co-authored the 2013 School Food Plan and also co-founded Leon Restaurants, London Union and the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

The entertainment included guest appearances from:

Wendy Wason is a Scottish writer, comedian and actress, known for Sherlock (2010), Creeped Out (2017) and Broken News (2005).

Chris Dodd has performed magic at private events around the world, in particular his after-dinner show The Conjuring Chef. He has a huge passion for food and his illusions are often filled with a variety of ingredients.


Tickets: £90 for 2 people, includes food for a 4-course dinner (starters, main, side, desserts, plus a cocktail)

Proceeds: All benefits will go towards the Belazu Foundation with Chefs in Schools

When: Friday 29th May 2020, from 5:45-9pm

Where: The comfort of your own home

Dishes: Dishes included Ottolenghi’s hummus with Pizza Pilgrims’ flatbread, Josh Katz’s signature cauliflower shawarma and Jeremy Lee’s raspberry and ricotta pudding. 

What you will need: Good internet connection and a laptop or phone

Cooking equipment: Basic kitchen equipment (pot, pan, knives, cutting board, bowls, optional blender, optional barbecue or griddle pan)

Tickets were on sale until 3.30pm on the 25th of May. 

Those who are unable to buy tickets can still donate:

The Belazu Foundation was set up by top chef supplier Belazu Ingredient Company to support charities that help schools and families implement a positive food culture. We regularly work with Chefs in Schools, as well as our ongoing partners, Iffley Academy, School Food Matters and the Zakoura Foundation. If you would like to know more about our ongoing projects, visit

Chefs in Schools is an incredible charity that aims to place professional, restaurant-trained chefs in primary schools in order to transform their food, food culture and food education.
For more information, visit their website:


In order to reduce the number of households with children going hungry, Chefs in Schools is helping schools to produce and distribute weekly lunch boxes to children and their families. The chefs run the kitchens, overseeing a team of volunteers and school staff to cook nutritious meals. Each food crate contains a week’s worth of freshly cooked lunches for each child and their family, plus fruit, vegetables and other essentials such as rice, pasta and bread.

They are currently supporting 12 schools in London to produce over 14,000 lunches each week for children on Free School Meals and their families. They are also setting up a delivery scheme to increase uptake and ensure the most vulnerable families receive nutritious food each week.

“We delivered the last boxes today we had lots of tears of gratitude. If only I could ever convey just how much of a difference you guys have made.” - Family member supported by Chefs in Schools

Together we can reach more children and families.

The proceeds raised from the virtual fundraising dinner with Belazu will enable us to double and even triple our reach in the coming months. We want to ensure that our support continues through the summer holidays when we know families will be particularly vulnerable to food shortages.

Funds raised will also allow us to continue our core mission of transforming school food for thousands of children once the school closures ease.

Full Virtual Banquet tickets with ingredient boxes delivered are now SOLD OUT.
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