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 Ottolenghi, Jeremy 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.
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.
HOW IT WORKED:
We gave you the chance to create a DELICIOUS MEAL by cooking along from your kitchen with TOP CHEFS, including:
Our host for the night was Henry Dimbleby, co-founder and chair of
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:
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.
WHY WE DID THIS:
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 belazu.com/foundation.
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.