Charity cooking challenge in the City

Are you the type of person who watches MasterChef and dreams of competing? If so, the Big City Cook challenge – a fundraising event that gives those who enjoy cooking, from novices to promising chefs, the opportunity to team up and cook in professional kitchens – could be for you.

The competition has three rounds: in the first, teams compete in a restaurant kitchen to devise and cook a dinner-party menu from storecupboard ingredients. In the second, the teams will get a crash course in food preparation skills and wine tasting and pairing, before designing and cooking a three-course meal on a budget. Teams will be eliminated as the competition progresses until only three remain. In the final round, a professional chef will mentor the remaining teams, who will then take part in a cook-off, judged by industry experts, at Floridita. The best team will be crowned Big City Chefs.

The competition is open to everyone so start getting your teams together now: round one will take place in September, round two in October and round three in November. Funds raised will go to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which will distribute the money to charities supporting disadvantaged young people in the UK and disaster relief agency RedR UK.

For more information or to register your team, visit or call 020 7520 0425.