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- Wednesday, 05 October 2016 07:40 | Written by Matthias Tesi Baur
Unicef NEXTGenLondon and ClerkenwellBoy launch #CookForSyria this November 2016
#CookForSyria is a NEW nationwide fundraising initiative curated by influential Instagrammer ClerkenwellBoy in aid of Unicef UK's Children of Syria Fund, in collaboration with SUITCASE Magazine and NEXTGen London, Unicef UK's young professional movement.
The month–long campaign will take place in November 2016 and focus on Syrian cuisine. It will encourage everyone from the UK's top chefs and restaurants, to people at home, to cook and raise money in aid of this important cause.
Top chefs including Angela Hartnett, Fergus Henderson, José Pizarro, Nuno Mendes, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi will launch the campaign with a special charity dinner.
There are hopes that the initiative will then be continued globally.
Throughout November restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners from around the UK have been invited to take part in #CookForSyria by putting a 'Syrian inspired twist' on one of their favourite signature dishes (or by creating a new dish) and donating £2 from each sale of that dish. Syrian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world and reflects the country's rich cultural heritage with influences from across the Middle East and beyond.
Restaurants and food partners that have already committed to the November campaign include: Barrafina, Berber & Q, Black Axe Mangal, Breddos Tacos, Brunswick House, Caravan, Carousel, Chick'N'Sours, Crosstown Doughnuts, Grain Store, Gunpowder, Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, Marksman Public House, Ottolenghi, Patty & Bun, Pizza Pilgrims, Poco Tapas Bar, Salon Brixton, Shawarma Bar, Silo Brighton, Spring, Taberno do Mercado, The Dairy Group (Counter Culture, The Dairy, The Manor, Paradise Garage), The Modern Pantry, The Salt Yard Group, The Good Egg, The Good Life Eatery, Yosma ...with many more in the pipeline.
"We hope that through the #CookForSyria campaign we will not only be able to raise significant and much needed money for Unicef UK's Children of Syria Fund, but we will also increase awareness of the plight of children in the war–torn country. Through cooking, sharing recipes and the power of social media, we invite everyone to help make a difference and positive contribution towards this important initiative." ClerkenwellBoy
The November campaign will be launched on Monday 31 October 2016 at a special charity banquet held at 180 The Strand and hosted by The Store Kitchen. A stellar list of top chefs will be cooking the feast – Angela Hartnett, Fergus Henderson, José Pizarro, Nuno Mendes, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi – all serving their signature dishes with a Syrian inspired twist.
For those unable to join the dinner, special recipes from the night will be shared online – alongside additional Syrian inspired recipes from award winning chefs, bakers and cookbook authors including Amelia Freer, Anna Jones, Gizzi Erskine, Hemsley+Hemsley, Izy Hossack (Top with Cinnamon), Jack Monroe, Lily Vanilli, and Oliver Rowe to encourage people to host their own #CookForSyria supper clubs and charity bakes (with top tips from supper club duo Jackson&Levine).
Other exciting events include a one–off Syrian inspired breakfast designed by none other than Instagram sensation Symmetry Breakfast in collaboration with The Good Egg; a special one–night–only kebab feast in East London by Honest Burgers; cooking demonstrations at Borough Market plus a Syrian inspired brunch at Arabica Bar & Kitchen; and towards the end of the month–long campaign Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant will be holding a special charity supperclub where the restaurant's graduates will cook alongside Syrian chefs to help raise further awareness of the crisis.
"Sami and I – like so many chefs – live to eat. It bends the mind to think of how many children in Syria are, on the other hand, eating to live. The stakes are so high. Somewhere in between these two crazy extremes we are looking forward to an amazing evening of feasting. The night will be spent eating and, in so doing, raising money to help the lives of the next generation in Syria."
"I feel incredibly honoured to be invited to participate in this charity dinner. We strongly believe in the cause and it is always an interesting challenge as a chef to pull yourself out of your comfort zone and create something under a new set of parameters. We hopefully have come up with an awesome dish that represents the flavours of Syria, but is also in line with our cuisine at Firehouse."
You will be able to make a donation in order to attend the launch of #CookForSyria within the next few days (spaces are limited). We are encouraging a minimum donation of £150pp via the website www.cookforsyria.com.