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Knife manufacturer backs chef mental health event

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Professional knife manufacturer Victorinox is sponsoring the new 86 event for chef mental health.

Professional kitchen knife manufacturer Victorinox is sponsoring a new event called 86, which is aimed at furthering awareness of the crisis in mental health in London’s professional kitchens, and fundraising for The Burnt Chef project.

The event is organised by Incognito-Studio will be held at Ned’s Club, London on 10 January 2022.

86 is a term used in professional kitchens to signify that something has run out, there’s nothing left. The 86 event aims to raise awareness about this, to attract fresh interest in joining the industry where staff shortages are rife, and to raise funds to support those within the industry to remain, or get mentally well, and in a position to remain within the sector long-term.

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The night will begin with a screening of Boiling Point, courtesy of Vertigo Releasing. The film stars BAFTA nominated actor Stephen Graham, who plays a chef pushed to his limits, and will be followed by a Q&A with cast members and the director Philip Barantini, who used to work as a chef himself.

After the screening guests will enjoy an oyster and Champagne reception, followed by signature dishes served all night from well-known chefs including Adam Handling, Roberta Hall, Brad Carter, Andrew Clarke and Tom Griffiths. Midnight catering comes from Calum Franklin serving late night pies and cocktails. This event will feature music from Mr Scruff and special guests including a charity raffle hosted by comedian Tom Ward.

As well as backing 86, Victorinox is launching its own industry support campaign called Staying Sharp, showcasing a series of short clips of the negative experiences the guest chefs have had and how the industry can move forward ‘on the right side of history’.

Incognito-Studio’s Tom Griffiths said: “86 is an event to unite the hospitality industry, focusing support on mental health, and creating an open dialogue for our staff and colleagues. Our aim is to help the industry in any way we can and have a great time doing so!”

86 aims to raise awareness about the burn out in the hospitality industry, and to help more hospitality professionals access the services of The Burnt Chef project, a charity that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health in the industry.

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