When turning your mind to Syria, it’s easy to forget against the backdrop of destruction and devastation that buried among the rubble is a culture. To celebrate just an aspect of that which is so close to being lost, Instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy, NEXTGen London, SUITCASE Magazine and Gemma Bell PR have lined up a host of top chefs and restaurateurs to create and serve dishes inspired by Syrian cuisine all in aid of Unicef’s Children of Syria fund.
Brunswick House, Caravan, Chick’n’Sours and The Diary are among the restaurants involved whilst Fergus Henderson, Nuno Mendes, Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, José Pizarro and Angela Hartnett are the chefs who have pledged allegiance to the cause that not only raises funds but also awareness of the greatest humanitarian crises of our generation. An exclusive 4-course dinner kicks off the month long initiative, supported by The Store Kitchen and the aforementioned chefs, who will each cook up one of their signature dishes embellished with a Syrian twist. The focus will then move to the participating restaurant where, for each special dish sold, £2 will be donated to the charity that also works to help Syrian refugees who have been displaced.
Other fundraising events will be taking place across the month including a kebab feast from Honest Burgers and a Syrian-inspired (and highly photogenic) breakfast created by the Instagrammers behind Symmetry Breakfast. Everyone is being encouraged to get involved, whether that be holding your own #CookforSyria supper club or dining out for a very worthy cause.
#CookforSyria will launch on the 31st October with the 4-course dinner, tickets available here.