Spread the festive cheer a little differently this year with The Mince Pie Project, a mince pie auction and raffle featuring baked delights from the UK’s leading chefs, to raise funds for two extremely worthy charities, FoodCycle and Kids Company.
The Mince Pie Project returns for its third year, after raising an amazing £30,000 last Christmas, bringing with it a new and exciting line-up of top chefs who will each create two boxes of signature mince pies of their own design. One box will be auctioned to the highest bidder; the second box will be put up for raffle, in which anyone can get involved with a £2 donation per ticket.
Previous year’s Mince Pie Projects have attracted some of the world’s most formidable culinary talent, including Dan Doherty of Duck and Waffle, who recently won the ‘Rising Star Chef’ at this year’s Tatler Restaurant Awards and Angela Hartnett of Murano and the recently opened Merchant’s Tavern.
The caliber of chefs for this year’s Mince Pie Project is set to surpass previous year’s participants, with the likes of Michel Roux Jr, Lorraine Pascale, Frances Quinn, Tom Aikens and Raymond Blanc amongst 100 confirmed to be involved.
Michel Roux Jr says: ‘It’s exciting to be involved in The Mince Pie Project again this year. It’s a unique project involving creativity and healthy competition to raise money for a great cause during the festive season'.
We all know just how competitive chefs can be and part of the fun of The Mince Pie Project will be seeing which chef’s mince pies can raise the most money and come top of the leaderboard. Last year, Dan Doherty took the crown, raising a staggering £1,900 for his box of gingerbread-flavoured mince pies.
Each chef will create a box of signature mince pies of their own design, which will then be submitted for an online auction, beginning at noon on 6th December and ending at noon on 13th December.
Previous mince pie marvels have included a deep fried mince pie, the use of sweet potato mincemeat, earl grey and bergamot pastry, and a mince pie macaron, so those bidding are most definitely in for a gastronomic treat to share with loved ones.
This year, The Mince Pie Project has decided to name Food Cycle and Kids Company as its two charities, to which all proceeds from the project will go.
FoodCycle builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. Over 400,000 tonnes of edible food is wasted each year yet over 4 million people are affected by food poverty across the UK. Since FoodCycle started cooking in May 2009, their network of 1200 volunteers have served over 80,000 meals for people in need.
About Kids Company
Kids Company provides practical, emotional and educational support to 36,000 vulnerable inner-city children. This includes 18,000 of the most at-risk children and young people in London, who face enormous challenges in their family homes and neighbourhoods. They provide support through four centres, outreach work and services in 46 schools.
This year’s Mince Pie Project will begin at noon on 6th December and end at noon on 13th December. For updates, please visit www.themincepieproject.com or follow @mincepieproject on Twitter.
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