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London chefs compete in charity cook-off

London’s chefs are set to compete for ‘dish of the night’ in aid of charity at a new event named, Meat vs Fish vs Veg.

Meat vs Fish vs Veg will be a one night only event open to all, with all money raised to be donated to Hospitality Action. It is sponsored and organised by luxury hospitality recruiter, The Change Group in partnership with Flat Iron Square (London Bridge), where the event will be held.

Four chefs will be taking on the challenge of showcasing some of the capital’s best fine dining vegetarian cuisine. With Alyn Williams (Alyn Williams at The Westbury), Jimi Tegerdine (The Gun, London) and Dale Osborne (Bistrot Bagatelle) already committed to the new vegetarian contest.

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Osborne said: “When I was told we could have a spot on Team Veg I said, let’s do it. I always base my menus around the best seasonal vegetables. Meat and fish can always be changed around, but there’s only one asparagus. I want to show that vegetables are not only healthy but also super tasty, and of course, I want to win.”

Tegerdine added: “We signed up for Team Veg because we wanted a challenge and we’ve decided to make our dish entirely vegan. We strive to offer plenty of choices for those adopting this lifestyle even if it’s just for one meal.

“Many people are consuming less meat and dairy for mind, body and environment. We plan to create a dish that captures this spirit but does not compromise on taste. Our dish will also be zero waste.”

The 2019 line-up also includes Joo Won (Galvin at Windows), Adam Handling (The Frog Hoxton), Simon Gregory (Bluebird), Lewis de Haas (La Goccia at Petersham Nurseries) and Joshua Hooper (Bistro Union).

Last year’s winner was Zelman Meat’s ‘Dirty Steak’, made with Scottish sirloin and cooked directly on the coals and served with beef fat mash potato and chimichurri sauce, in an event which raised just under £5,000 for Hospitality Action.

Adam Handling at The Frog Hoxton said, “We love a competition, and we’re going all-out to produce a champion meat dish to generate as much as we can for this clever fund-raiser organised by The Change Group.

“As far as we’re concerned, it’s a winning situation for the diners and all who benefit from the support of Hospitality Action. Team Adam Handling is really happy to take part.”

Hospitality Action supports people suffering from physical and mental life-changing illnesses and also helps people who are experiencing poverty, domestic violence, addiction, legal or financial difficulty and bereavement.

Tickets will cost £25 per person and include a meat, fish and veg dish, as well as a free drink.

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