Blanc to scrutinise food critics in charity job swap

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Blanc to scrutinise food critics in charity job swap
Raymond Blanc and Fergus Henderson to scrutinise their critics in role reversing charity cook-off

Some of the UK’s most renowned food critics will be swapping their pens for spoons as they attempt to win praise from the very chefs they scrutinise in the Restaurants Against Hunger ‘Too Many Critics’ cook-off.

Top chefs Raymond Blanc, Fergus Henderson and Shane Osborn will challenge critics to put saucepans where their pens are and serve an exclusive five-course charity dinner at the Royal Exchange Grand Caf? and Bar, as the highlight of Action Against Hunger’s Restaurants Against Hunger​ month in October.

While the team of ten food critics, which include Jay Rayner (The Observer), Charles Campion (The Evening Standard) and Matthew Fort (The Guardian), will be marked on the sumptuousness of their stuffing, the chefs will be given a test of their own. To avoid humiliation and defeat, the professional chefs will need to identify the cut and rare breed of various porks, as well as naming each of five prestigious cheeses on a board.

In between courses a charity auction will take place, at which uniquely designed plates by Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Fergus Henderson, the top three UK chefs in this year’s S. Pelligrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants​, will make star appearances.

Tickets for the event held on October 19 are now available at £130 each, or alternatively, a limited edition £250 Golden Ticket will secure a seat next to your top chef of choice. For tickets and more information, e-mail Aimee Rowlands at a.rowlands@aahuk.org​ or call 020 8293 6138.

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