A unique cooking auction is taking place to help raise funds for those in Beirut. #AskChefsAnything is auctioning time with some of the world’s best chefs. Taking place from 10 - 13 September, bidders have the chance to win a 30-minute conversation with international chefs. The world-renowned food icons are coming together for the first-ever international gastro-diplomacy event.
These globally recognised chefs and food personalities include Anissa Helou, Rene Redzepi, Massimo Bottura, Ignacio Mattos, Enrique Olvera, Eyal Shani, Greg Malouf and more. If (like us) your cooking skills could do with some polishing, a half hour chat with one of these culinary superstars would be invaluable.
Massimo Bottura is the two-time winner of the Best Restaurant in the World and is the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin star restaurant in Modena, Italy. Another big name involved in the auction is Greg Malouf, one of Australia's most influential and admired chefs. Coming from a Lebanese heritage he’s known for the way we experience Middle Eastern cuisine. He also has two Michelin stars and has co-authored seven internationally acclaimed cookbooks.
The #AskChefsAnything initiative initially was launched by Gaeleen Quinn, founder of Q&A Hospitality consulting and the Bogota Food & Wine Festival and Anna Polonsky, to aid immigrant workforce in New York who were affected by COVID-19. They are now using the same campaign, partnering with Kimmy Zouki, brand director of New York Lebanese restaurant Ilili, his partner Johaina Zouki, and Tarajia Morell, writer and hospitality consultant, to help the victims in Beirut.
The proceeds will go straight to Beit el Baraka a Beirut based charitable organisation helping restore thousands of homes and shops, offering medical and psychological support for those affect by the blast on 4 August. Beit el Baraka will be partnering with Kamal Mouzawak’s community kitchen and purchase meals for the affected.