Michelin-starred Richard Davies, Executive Chef of the Bybrook at The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel and Golf Club, hosted the Chefs’ Forum’s third Annual Lunch on 13 October 2014 showcasing the cooking skills of top southwest chefs and raising vital funds for Industry Charity, Hospitality Action.
Richard Davies, who heads up the Bath & Cotswolds Chapter of the Chefs’ Forum commented:
“This year’s autumn lunch was an amazing experience – It was a real privilege to work with such talented chefs from across the South West and a fabulous opportunity for my team to work with them in our kitchen at The Manor House. The lunch sold out and raised over £5000 for our industry charity, Hospitality Action, so we are delighted with this!”
Richard was joined by five Michelin-starred and TV chef peers from the South West, namely Sam Moody at The Bath Priory, Jon Howe at Lumière, Emily Watkins at The Kingham Plough, Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park and James Durrant at The Plough Inn at Longparish.
A silent sealed bid auction made up of luxury dinners and stays donated by each the chefs taking part and a Nyetimber sponsored raffle helped to boost monies raised making this the most gainful Autumn Lunch yet.
Ken Crosland, Alcohol & Drug Consultant, from Hospitality Action gave a speech about the fabulous work the charity does in helping chefs overcome problems with stress, debt, drug and alcohol issues.
At the lunch, hospitality and catering students from South West colleges got the opportunity to sample the best in Michelin-starred dining, most of them, for the very first time. All students who attended were chosen for outstanding performance on their hospitality courses.