Temporary kitchen specialist PKL and dealer KitchenLab UK have separately backed events fundraising for the #CookForSyria campaign.
PKL supplied Petersham Nurseries’ new Covent Garden interiors store and delicatessen with induction hobs and ovens for a charity event there on 25 October for free. The venue held a supper club for 20 people featuring recipes from the #CookForSyria cookbook.
The Covent Garden site will house two restaurants from March next year, but the construction is still in the very early stages so the temporary facility had to be fitted.
#CookForSyria was started as a supper club by journalist Serena Guen and ‘digital influencer’ Clerkenwell Boy in 2016. Its aim was to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Syria and raise funds for them through a celebration of the country’s cuisine.
Lee Vines, PKL CEO said: “The Cook for Syria campaign has been a fantastic force for good and we jumped at the chance to help in any way we could. We’re pleased to have helped Petersham Nurseries’ Damian Clisby, Imad Alarnab and their team produce such a fantastic evening that kicks off this year’s campaign. Congratulations to everyone who helped make the event such a success.”
The following week saw another #CookForSyria supper take place, this time at Flat Three in London’s Holland Park, which was hosted by dealer KitchenLab UK.
The Japanese and Korean fusion restaurant cooked a Syrian-inspired, vegan tasting menu for 40 guests which included chefs from The Fat Duck, Tom’s Kitchen, Typing Room, Fera and Restaurant 27.
Mat Froggatt, director of KitchenLab UK said: “This was a great opportunity to get together with amazing chefs and industry friends to raise awareness and funds for a very worthy cause. We’re really humbled by everyone’s generosity and being able to help this great initiative.”
There were a number of unique prizes raffled on the night with all ticket sales going straight to Unicef’s Children Of Syria Fund.
KitchenLab will continue to raise money by selling #CookForSyria cookbooks, signed by some of the UK’s most well-known chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens and Marianne Lumb. These will be available throughout November via KitchenLab’s website and social media platforms.