EIGHT of the industry’s tops chefs have come together to compete against a team of brewers in this year’s Flora London Marathon.
The Chefs on the Run team, led by Michelin starred chefs Michel Roux Jr and Anton Edelmann, will take to the capital’s streets for the 26.2 mile lung-buster on Sunday, April 13.
Michel Roux Jr, a nine-times marathon runner already, is joined by Hospitality Action’s ambassador Edelmann; Jerome Ponchelle, chef de cuisine at The Wiltons; Robert Clayton, executive chef at Merchant Inns; Jean Luc Hoez, senior sous chef at Coq d’Argent; Paul Robinson, chef at Wheatsheaf Inn; Christophe Gueraud, former head chef of Michelin starred restaurant L’Escargot and Unilever Foodsolutions development chef Shane O’Connor.
The challenge has been set to see which of the teams will cross the finishing line in the fastest time – individual times will be collated and an average time given to the team.
A group of runners from Fuller’s ran last year to celebrate the company’s first year of sponsoring the event, so they were keen to take on the challenge and go head-to-head with the chefs.
Susan Gray, category director at Unilever Foodsolutions UK, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our industry’s finest coming together and competing in one of the world’s greatest marathons.
"For the runners to commit to such a worthy cause and to use the little spare time they have to train is really something.
"It’s going to take hard work and determination but we’re confident that they’ll do it and raise a lot of money for their charities in the process.
"We’re delighted to be working with London`s last remaining traditional family brewer in promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of eating and drinking sensibly.
The challenge will generate great excitement on the day and we hope it will incentivise the runners to push themselves that little bit further.”
For more information on Flora`s Chefs on the Run team, the charities they are running for and Flora product information visit www.unileverfoodsolutions.co.uk.