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Top London chefs unite in support of Leuka

chefs © John Swannell blog image.jpgLast night 20 top London chefs gathered in the kitchen's of The Langham hotel, London to prepare a dinner in aid of Leuka, the charity for the leukaemia care unit at Hammersmith Hospital.

The annual event, Who's Cooking Dinner? is now in its 11th year and was set up by chef Peter Gordon (who's sister was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia) and restuarateur, Chris Corbin (who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 1990).

Chefs cooking for the 200 guests included: Tom Aikens (Tom Aikens Restaurant), Jason Atherton (Maze), Rainer Becker (Zuma), Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Angela Hartnett (Murano) and Chris and Jeff Galvin (La Chapelle).

Guests were treated to a gastronomic feast which included dishes such as: Poached Native Lobster with cardo lardo, celeriac mousse, lobster vinaigrette and parsley mousse (Tom Aikens); Wagyu beef sirlion with wafu sauce and Japanese mushrooms (Rainer Becker); Guinea fowl cooked in hay with hay butter emulsion (Claude Bosi); Soft pistachio meringue with blood oranges and spring rhubarb (Sally Clarke) and warm PX prune and hazelnut cake with white chocolate mousse, baked rhurbarb and a chocolate chilli wafter (Peter Gordon).

The event last night raised almost £430,000 for Leuka, including a post-dinner auction of many of the chefs' services for private dining, either at the chef's restaurants or the bidders' home.

The Who's Cooking Dinner? event has been raising money since 1999 and has raised in excess of £3m to date. The monies raised provide funds for clinical trails to study new therapies, buy specialist equipment and modernise clinical facilities.

Last night's chefs included:

Tom Aikens - Tom Aikens Restaurant
Jason Atherton - Maze
Rainer Becker - Zuma
Claude Bosi - Hibiscus
Sally Clarke - Clarke's
Richard Corrigan - Corrigan's Mayfair
Hélène Darroze - At The Connaught
Mark Edwards - Nobu
Chris & Jeff Galvin - La Chapelle
Peter Gordon - Providores
Brett Graham - The Ledbury
Angela Hartnett - Murano
Mark Hix - Hix
Philip Howard - The Square
Tim Hughes - Le Caprice
Giorgio Locatelli - Locanda Locatelli
Michele Lombardi - Harry's Bar
Julian O'Neill - The Wolesley
Bruce Poole - Chez Bruce
Tong Chee Hwee - Hakkasan

If you want to know more about the Who's Cooking Dinner? event or about Leuka go to www.whoscookingdinner.com 

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