The North West's top chefs join forces to raise funds for Hospitality Action
PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 July 2019
Leading lights of the region's restaurant scene came together at Alderley Edge Hotel to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.
Hospitality Action fundraiser
John Scott, Mark Poynton, Colin Starkey and Gary Usher
Stuart and Sharon Finney, Paul and Karen Boyle
Scott and Justine Straughan
Ronnie Costello, Patrick Trodden and Mary Corcoran
Isabelle Payne, Cheryl Elder and Clare Warr
Rachelle and Tom McGrory, Danny and Amy Buck
Chris and Alison Keeling
Keith and Jane Whalley, Jenny and Trevor Stone
Jamie Stamper and Elizabeth Bundey
Gary Usher, Mark Poynton, General Manager John Scott, Editor of Cheshire Life Katie Mulloy and Executive Head Chef Colin Starkey
Ross MacKenzie, Ronnie Costello, Frances Bentley, Mary Corcoran and Patrick Trodden
Matt and Karin White and John Scott
Asparagus, hazelnut cream, lardo
Dived Scallop, cauliflower, lemon saffron emulsion
Whole roasted duck, sweet potato, leg pastille, cherry and coco nib sauce
Passion fruit curd, salted chocolate and honeycomb
Colin Starkey and Mark Poynton
A trio of gastronomic talent joined forces at Alderley Edge Hotel to create a six-course showcase menu in support of the charity, Hospitality Action.
The hotel's executive head chef, Colin Starkey, was joined by Michelin-star winning Mark Poynton and crowd-funding sensation Gary Usher, whose most recent venture Kala has opened in Manchester to great acclaim - with each chef creating two courses for the exclusive, invite-only crowd to enjoy.
Following a Tattinger Champagne reception amongst the eccentric, elegant surroundings of the hotel's dining room, the gourmet highlights included Gary's asparagus with hazelnut cream and lardo, Colin's scallop with cauliflower and saffron lemon emulsion and Mark's whole roasted duck served in a cherry and coco nib sauce.
Diners also appreciated the bespoke, course-by-course wine offerings introduced by expert Frances Bentley from the JW Lees wine team.
With satisfied stomachs and wine-loosened wallets the after-dinner raffle raised more than £1100 for Hospitality Action, which supports those who've worked in the industry, through difficult times. Cheers to that.