Too Many Critics

OnSunday 9 June 2013, humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger invites UK’s top restaurantcriticslay down their pens and don their aprons to raise funds and awareness for the global hunger crisis.

For one night only, Coq d’Argent in London will host charity event ‘Too ManyCritics’, featuring food critics Jay Rayner(The Observer Magazine),Tom Parker Bowles(Mail on Sunday),Tracey MacLeod(The Independent),Bill Knott(Financial Times),Charles Campion(London Evening Standard),Joe Warwick(Metro UK andLucas Hollweg(Sunday Times).The twist? Rather than critiquing the evening’s menu, the band of writers will be cooking it – judged by the very chefs who they evaluate in their day jobs, with guests including the likes of Thomasina Miers,Valentine Warner, Pascal Aussignac, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Vivek Singh, Clare Smyth, Atul Kochhar, Francesco Mazzei, Michael Wignall, and Daniel Doherty as well as Mickael Weiss of Coq d’Argent, who will hand over his kitchen for the day.

Hosted by BBC Radio 2 presenter and foodie Nigel Barden, the event will kick off with a Champagne Taittinger canapé reception at6pm, followed by the main event which sees thecriticstaking to the kitchen to create an epicurean extravaganza, in full view of their expectant diners.

The evening’s three course menu will feature a starter of free-range slow poached egg with Parmesan and asparagus soldiers; followed by a hearty main of British Chou croute served with all the trimmings and rounded off with a seasonal dessert and a cheese course of Pecorino with broad bean salad, courtesy of Cheese Cellar, with wines to match by Bibendum.

A live charity auction later on in the evening will give diners the chance to bid for exciting lots including a once in a lifetime dessert master class with Claire Clark and a boutique Lalani & Co tea tasting with a bespoke afternoon tea for ten. The evening will end with a silent auction of money-can’t-buy foodie prizesincluding exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences at the award winning Bar Boulud and the newly opened Kaspar’s Seafood and Grill at the Savoy Hotel.

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed foodie event cost £120, with all proceeds going to the life-saving work of Action Against Hunger.

Tickets can be purchased online at by contacting Elizabeth Charles 020 8853 7570.

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