#CookForSyria Launch Dinner

#CookForSyria is a nation-wide fundraising initiative curated by Clerkenwell Boy, Gemma Bell and SUITCASE Magazine. The month-long campaign taking place in November focused around Syrian cuisine will encourage everyone from the UK’s top chefs to people at home to cook and raise money in aid of UNICEF’s Syria Relief fund via Next Generation London (UNICEF’s youth branch). To kick off the initiative we hosted an exclusive launch dinner at The Store Kitchen at 180 Strand. A stellar list of top chefs participated in making the feast happen – Angela Hartnett, Fergus Henderson, José Pizarro, Nuno Mendes, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi – all cooking their signature dishes with a Syrian inspired twist. The beautifully curated charity banquet was attended by more than 150 people and raised more than £40,000 in aid for the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.


If you missed the event, you can still contribute to the initiative:



Throughout the month of November, chefs and restaurants across the city will be holding special events in aid of #CookForSyria. These include: Symmetry Breakfast at The Good Egg, Dinner at Gunpowder, Cooking demonstrations at Borough Market (find out more at cookforsyria.com).



Restaurants across the UK will be offering Syrian cuisine inspired dishes in addition to their usual menu and donating a portion of the proceeds to #CookForSyria. These include: Barrafina, Caravan, Chiltern Firehouse, Honey & Co. (find out more at cookforsyria.com).



Anyone can host their own #CookForSyria supper clubs and charity bakes. Special recipes from the launch night can be found on our microsite: CookForSyria.com alongside Syrian inspired recipes from award-winning chefs, bakers and cookbook authors.

To host an event

  1. Pick a date
  2. Decide the number of guests
  3. Set a Syrian inspired menu (we’re going to have recipes on our microsite CookForSyria.com from the beginning of October)
  4. ‘Charge’ the guests to donate what they would like to attend via our CookForSyria.com donate page.

Once you have it all set, please email us these details at hello@cookforsyria.com

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