Top Chefs Atherton, Wareing Compete for Bids to Cook in Homes

Chef Marcus Wareing with Chantelle Nicholson
Chef Marcus Wareing with Chantelle Nicholson, general manager of his restaurant the Gilbert Scott. Wareing is supporting the charity Leuka. Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg.

Twenty of London’s leading chefs have been lined up to cook together for “Who’s Cooking Dinner?” an annual charity event where diners may also bid for the culinary masters to come and prepare meals at their homes.

Jason Atherton of Pollen Street Social, Rainer Becker (Zuma), Richard Corrigan (Corrigan’s Mayfair), Philip Howard (The Square) and Marcus Wareing (Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley) are among those who have agreed to take part on March 5.

“We’re so lucky to have such an amazing family of chefs and restaurants supporting this event,” said the event’s chairman Chris Corbin, the restaurateur who runs the Wolseley with his business partner, Jeremy King.

Each chef creates a four-course menu for one table of 10 people with accompanying wines. Only after a draw on the night do guests discover which chef is cooking for them. The evening ends with an auction, when diners bid for individual chefs to come and cook dinner for 10 people at their homes.

The event, at the Four Seasons Hotel, is for Leuka, which raises money for leukemia research and treatment. There are 20 tables, each costing 6,000 pounds ($9,450). Nineteen of the chefs have been confirmed so far. Information: +44-7815-724023 or

The chefs include:

Tom Aikens (Aikens)
Jason Atherton (Pollen Street Social)
Rainer Becker (Zuma)
Claude Bosi (Hibiscus)
Sally Clarke (Clarke’s)
Richard Corrigan (Corrigan’s Mayfair)
Mark Edwards (Nobu)
Chris and Jeff Galvin (Galvin La Chapelle)
Peter Gordon (The Providores)
Mark Hix (Hix)
Philip Howard (The Square)
Tim Hughes (Scott’s)
Pierre Koffmann (Koffmann’s)
Bruno Loubet (Bistrot Bruno Loubet)
Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal)
Bruce Poole (Chez Bruce)
Clare Smyth (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay)
Tong Chee Hwee (Hakkasan)
Marcus Wareing (Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley)

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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