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Essentially Catering Magazine - January 2019



        Industry News




        Food festival raises



        more than £250k



        for charity




        Signature, Scotland’s only fine dining festival - that was held at The
        Chester Hotel in Aberdeen - has raised more than a quarter of a million
        pounds for charity, more than doubling the amount raised at the 2017
        event. A total of £239,000 will be donated to the Friends of the Neo   Glynn Purnell
        Natal Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and £12,000 was also raised
        for Friendly Access, a charity that supports those living with hidden
        disabilities. The sale of a guitar signed by more than 30 Scottish
        celebrities including Sir Andy Murray, Ewan McGregor, Sir Chris Hoy
        and Sir Alex Ferguson was split equally between the two charities.
          Seven of the UK’s best-known chefs including Glynn Purnell, known as
        the Yummy Brummie, Atul Kochhar the first Indian chef to be awarded a
        Michelin star and Martin Wishart took part in the event.
          The Yummy Brummie Glynn Purnell - a Saturday Kitchen regular and
        winner on the Great British menu commented: “An event like Signature,
        where all the money goes to the Neo Natal Unit is fantastic. For the owners
        of the hotel, Graham and Gillian Wood, to put on such a great event, not
        just for fun and great food, but also to raise serious amounts of money for a
        serious cause, is terrific.”                                      Atul Kochhar
         Winners of 2018 FreeFrom



         Eating Out Awards announced




         This year’s winner of the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards has been
         announced as The Willow in Kingston on Thames, Surrey.
            The Willow was described by the judges as: “An allergy-free
         heaven. A jewel in Kingston – we don’t know of any other restaurants
         quite like this. High quality, nutrition-focused food that tastes
         amazing and yet caters for so many diets - plus 11 gluten free beers!’
            Runners up included Café Nouveau in Somerset, Indigo at One
         Aldwych in London’s Covent Garden, Leadbelly’s Kitchen and Bar
         in London’s Docklands, Totties Garden Centre in Holmfirth near
         Huddersfield and Knife and Fork in Banbury.
            “The overall standard of entries this year was extraordinarily high.
         It appears that if an eaterie decides to go ‘freefrom’ they do it 110%
         and nothing is too much trouble to ensure that their food-sensitive
         guests are not only kept safe, but have a really enjoyable eating
         experience,” said Awards Director, Michelle Berriedale-Johnson.   Gale Zappacosta and Ped Millichamp of The Willow
                                                                      receiving their award from awards director, Michelle
            Full details of all 2018 winners can be found on the      Berriedale-Johnson
         awards website.




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