Award-winning London restaurant Le Pont de la Tour will host Global Gastronomy on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. This charitable event includes a dinner and auction celebrating international food and benefits Action Against Hunger.
Five of the UK’s most exciting international chefs – including award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs Anna Hansen of The Modern Pantry, Bruno Loubet of Bistrot Bruno Loubet and The Grain Store and Nigel Haworth of Michelin-starred Northcote – will gather together for one night only to prepare a course each and help raise funds for one of the leading humanitarian organizations fighting malnutrition around the world.
Le Pont de la Tour restaurant, located on the Southbank — Photo courtesy of Le Pont de la Tour
Guests will be welcomed with a Champagne Taittinger reception, accompanied by delicious canapés prepared by Le Pont de la Tour's Chef Tom Cook. Guests can then enjoy a five-course dinner and get the chance to bid on "money-can't-buy" and unique prizes in a live and silent auction.
Le Pont de la Tour has an incredible location overlooking the river Thames, with views of Tower Bridge; it's the perfect London setting. An evening booking is a must as the view from the window is Tower Bridge, lit up in all its glory.
The menu is based on classic French ingredients and ideas, but with a contemporary and exciting collection of dishes. Service is fantastic, and you will have a night to remember here.
Here’s more information about the chefs taking part in this philanthropic foodie event:
Tom Cook, Le Pont de la Tour
Tom Cook joined Le Pont de la Tour as head chef in September 2011 after stints with famous chefs Gary Rhodes and Michel Roux Jr. Before arriving at Le Pont de la Tour, Tom worked as head chef at Michelin-starred Restaurant Tom Aikens.
Anna Hansen MBE, The Modern Pantry
Anna first trained as a chef under Fergus Henderson (St John) in 1992 and then worked with Peter Gordon at The Providores, where her awards included the prestigious Catey's "New Comer of the Year Award" 2003, two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence in 2002 through 2005 and Square Meal's "Best New Restaurant Award" in autumn 2001.
In 2005, Anna left The Providores to focus on developing The Modern Pantry, which opened its doors to critical acclaim in August 2008. Since opening, The Modern Pantry has gained two AA rosettes and been listed as a "Bib Gourmand" in the Michelin Guide 2009 and 2010.
Bruno Loubet, Bistrot Bruno Loubet and The Grain Store
Born in Bordeaux in southwest France in 1961, Bruno Loubet first came to the UK in 1982, fresh from national service, to work for Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire as a commis chef.
In 2001, after nearly 20 years running some of London’s busiest kitchens, Bruno moved with his young family to Brisbane, Australia. Bruno returned to London in summer 2009, helping Pierre Koffmann run his near legendary pop-up restaurant on the roof of Selfridges, before opening Bistrot Bruno Loubet at The Zetter Hotel in February 2010.
Bruno's most recent restaurant opening of The Grain Store in King's Cross in 2013 has had rave reviews and already won awards such as the National Restaurant Awards' "UK's Most Sustainable Restaurant" in 2013.
Nigel Haworth, Northcote
Nigel Haworth is chef patron at Northcote and Ribble Valley Inns; he was one of the first to bring honest, seasonal British cuisine to the table.
Since winning "Great British Menu" in 2009 with his now-legendary Lancashire Hot Pot, Nigel continues to make regular appearances on television – returning to Great British Menu in 2012 to mentor a new generation of young chefs and frequently showcasing new dishes to James Martin on Saturday Kitchen.
Tickets for the upcoming charity gala at Le Pont de la Tour may be purchased online.