Food critics to cook up a storm to raise cash for charity

The Brighton critics
The Brighton critics

Six food writers in Brighton and Hove are to create a tasting menu this weekend, to raise cash for Action Against Hunger.

The Too Many Critics event has been curated by Semone Bonner and Dan Kenny, co-owners of The Set restaurant, and will see six of Brighton’s top restaurant critics being put through their paces to each create one dish of a six-course menu.

Namusa N, her son Samakoun and Kindiaba, an Action Against Hunger community health worker. Samakoun recently recovered from life-threatening malnutrition, but today hes a happy, healthy little boy.  (Photograph: B.Stevens/i-Images for Action Against Hunger)

Namusa N, her son Samakoun and Kindiaba, an Action Against Hunger community health worker. Samakoun recently recovered from life-threatening malnutrition, but today hes a happy, healthy little boy. (Photograph: B.Stevens/i-Images for Action Against Hunger)

Top chefs and restaurateurs from the Brighton food scene will be attending and judging the critics, as they experience a role reversal in The Set’s kitchen.

The critics going head-to-head for the winning title are: Andy Lynes (freelance food writer for The Times, The Guardian and London Metro); Fran Villani (The Graphic Foodie); Tom Flint (Food Booze and Reviews, Brighton & Hove Independent and Restaurants Brighton); Euan Macdonald (60 Second Reviews); Rosie Swaffer (Rosie Posie’s Puddings & Pies); and Eshé Brown (Foodie Eshé).

Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a host of exclusive experiences and items at the live auction, which will be opened up to the public.

All proceeds from the event, including ticket sales, auction and bar sales will go towards Action Against Hunger’s work to provide malnourished children in almost 50 countries with healthier futures.

Too Many Critics has already seen success in London and Manchester, and this is the first time the event has been brought to Brighton.

Dan Kenny, co-owner of The Set said: “As a chef, you’re constantly working with food and always trying to get the best out of ingredients to create dishes that make people happy and satisfy our own passion for cooking. We respect produce and get joy from eating, but forget how privileged we are to be able to enjoy flavours and different tastes, as food is always in such abundance for us we don’t have to worry about where out next meal is coming from.

“Action Against Hunger opened our eyes to how much hunger exists in the world and how many kids are suffering from malnutrition and dying because they don’t have access to life’s simplest necessitates, that we all deserve.

“We feel it’s our duty to contribute and help in any way we can as a restaurant. We have made a pledge to ourselves to make a difference and we believe we can do this by working with Action Against Hunger.”

Last autumn, 14 restaurants in Brighton also took part in Action Against Hunger’s flagship fundraising campaign ‘Love Food Give Food’.

The Cocktail Shack has been selling a special cocktail prior to the event, with all proceeds also being donated to Action Against Hunger, and Blackdown Distillery and Ridgeview will be providing welcome drinks for guests.

Co-owners of The Set, Bonner and Dan, have also taken partin tough challenge events including 100km runs for Action Against Hunger.

Too Many Critics takes place on Sunday, April 9 from midday, at The Set restaurant, Brighton.

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/The-Set-Restaurant2