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Some of Britain’s leading chefs have teamed up with one of Ukraine’s top culinary stars to raise almost £100,000 for aid bodies helping victims of the war.
TV chef Yurii Kovryzhenko - known as Ukraine’s gastro ambassador - was in London when the Russian invasion launched in February and has been stranded in the capital ever since.
The fundraising four course dinner was organised by Michelin starred Jason Atherton was hosted at his restaurant City Social. Proceeds went to WITH Ukraine and the Usyk Foundation.
Tom Sellers, chef patron of Restaurant Story, created the canapes; Tom Brown owner of Cornerstone in Hackney Wick designed the starter; Tom Kitchin, owner of Edinburgh’s The Kitchin cooked the fish main course; Mr Kovryzhenko created a Ukrainian speciality of Veal Kyiv, veal cabbage roll and veal with prunes served with Borsch purées; while Mr Atherton was in charge of the dessert.
A charity auction was held during the £250 dinner with lots including a suit from Mayfair tailors Thom Sweeney, three pairs of signed gloves from Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk and a two night stay at Scotland’s The Bonnie Badger hotel.
Mr Atherton said: “The situation in the Ukraine is utterly heart breaking and although I can’t change this, I really wanted to be able to support where possible. My team, friends and suppliers have all joined forces to provide an evening to remember and I hope collectively we can make a difference to those who need it most.”
Mr Kovryzhenko said: “I’m so glad to be a part of this event and deeply grateful for an opportunity to collaborate with Jason for such a good cause. During this difficult time for Ukraine, my duty and big inspiration is to do what I can to benefit my country. This dinner is a great chance to make an impact, to fundraise and to let people try Ukraine’s gastronomy.”