Instagram foodie ClerkenwellBoy and UNICEF UK Ambassador Serena Guen originally planned to curate a single charity dinner with one chef on one night to raise money for UNICEF UK’s humanitarian work helping children and refugees affected by the crisis in Syria.
The concept grew into a large charity banquet with six headline chefs and tickets sold out within in days. Throughout November chefs and restaurants across London are now running special #CookForSyria events.
Restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners from around the UK are also invited to take part throughout November by putting a ‘Syrian inspired twist’ on one of their favourite signature dishes (or by creating a new dish) and donating £2 from each sale of that dish. The campaign’s website has details of participating establishments.
You don’t need a restaurant to take part. The organisers would encourage anyone run a bake sale or a supper club. The organisers have listed some recipes on the website so that anyone can host their own charity supper club at home, bake sale or just learn about the amazing cuisine and culture of Syria.
And as recipes flooded in, it made sense to share these beyond social media and in the form of a beautiful not for profit recipe book which will be released on 1 December (available for pre-order).