15th June, 2015
On Monday 15th June, we held our inaugural Magic Dinner fundraising event at Hoi Polloi restaurant, East London, where 7 of London’s best chefs indulged 100 guests in a sumptuous 6 course taster menu.
The event was hosted by Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine and TV presenter Laura Jackson, both of whom have a keen interest in food, running supper clubs as Jackson&Levine. Alice Levine said that not eating in the morning wasn’t an option for young people:
“A child with a growing brain, not having any fuel all morning until lunchtime just wouldn’t get anything done […] Magic Breakfast is a really positive thing; let’s make sure that kids are ready to learn by getting their brains ready.”
The exceptional 6 course dinner began with a starter by Braden Charlesworth, Head Chef at Hoi Polloi, followed by Lee Westcott (Typing Room), James Lowe (Lyle's), Isaac McHale (The Clove Club), Nuno Mendes (Taberna do Mercado, Chiltern Firehouse) with Andy Oliver and Mark Dobbie (Som Saa) providing us with the final course.
Each talented chef had generously donated their time and skills for the event and the results were, we have to say, spectacular! Lee Westcott, Executive Chef of the Typing Room, who prepared a dish of Fermented Mushroom, Celeriac, Pear and Hazelnut, spoke about the importance of eating breakfast in the morning:
“Breakfast is probably the most important meal, I couldn’t imagine not eating it... I have cereal!”
The event culminated in a raffle and auction of amazing prizes, deftly handled by the fabulous Jonny Woo (aka Patricia the Professional Fundraiser), which included a bespoke front page of the Independent on Sunday newspaper (courtesy of the paper's editor, Lisa Markwell), a private flight experience (thanks to Coutts), signed or rare vinyl records from artists including Joe Cocker and Paloma Faith (donated by employees of Sony Music), a huge array of Puma trainers, and a stay at the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel.
Lisa Markwell edited a special newspaper for guests to take away as a memento of the evening, with brilliant illustrations of the chefs drawn by pupils at Magic Breakfast partner school, Princess May Primary, in Hackney.
The total amount raised by the event was £20,645, enough to provide 93,840 Magic Breakfasts.
Our sincere thanks to the 7 chefs, the management and staff at Hoi Polloi, Laura Jackson, Alice Levine, Jonny Woo, Lisa Markwell, Fields, Morris & Verdin, Brooklyn Brewery, Regal Rogue, Ford Gin, Keltic Seafare, Mash, White Hat Bakers and Cocoface.
Above all, thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening. We hope to see you all soon!