World’s Best Restaurants Donate Dinner Prizes

The dinners have been donated to Farm Africa by four restaurants that appear on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2013: Asador Etxebarri in the Axpe Region of Spain; Schloss Schauenstein in Furstenau, Switzerland; Piazza Duomo in Alba, Italy; and Vendome in Bergisch Gladbach in Germany.

The dinners will be auctioned in stages with Asador Extebarri and Schloss Schauenstein going live on 30 January, and Piazza Dumo and Vendome following soon after on 2 February.

Bidding is sure to be brisk as food lovers look to buy the perfect gift for their special one on Valentine’s Day with dinner in some of Europe’s most romantic dining destinations.

A further 31 restaurants from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, have also donated prizes to Farm Africa in a remarkable show of support for the leading UK charity and its work to end hunger in eastern Africa. Farm Africa has already sold twelve dinners from these restaurants in an exciting pre-Christmas auction from the following restaurants: 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo (Hong Kong); Quique Dacosta (Spain); Restaurant Andre (Singapore); Mirazur (France); Le Calandre (Italy); Hof van Cleve (Belgium); Nihonryori Ryugin (Japan); Attica (Australia); Le Bernardin (USA); Steirereck (Austria); Osteria Francescana (Italy); and Mugaritz (Spain).

Information on the restaurants involved and the prizes is available via Farm Africa’s dedicated microsite, available here:

Broader restaurant sector support includes Kilimanjaro fundraising climb

The Valentine’s online auction is the latest example of the restaurant sector’s deepening support for Farm Africa and its Food for Good initiative. Food for Good has been attracting attention in the food and hospitality sectors thanks to its success in bringing together leading companies and figures to raise funds to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems: hunger.

The highlight from last year was the scaling of Africa’s highest mountain by a team of leading UK restaurateurs and chefs. In August Executive Head Chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Ashley Palmer-Watts, led a team of chefs to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro which towers over Africa at a height of 5,895 metres above sea level. Joining him were John Freeman (Head Chef at Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains); Paul Foster (Head Chef at the highly regarded Tuddenham Mill); and Paulo de Tarso (Senior Maître D’ at Knightsbridge’s venue for the stars, Bar Boulud.)

 The Kilimanjaro Climb raised a staggering amount of money which is part of a larger total of over £500,000 raised for the charity by the restaurant and food sector this year.

Looking forward to the upcoming auction of leading restaurants’ prizes, Farm Africa’s Director of Fundraising and Communications, Pam Williams-Jones, said:

“Whilst the luxurious dining rooms of some of the restaurants on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list are a world away from African villages, preparing and sharing food brings us all together. So it is extremely gratifying that leading restaurants and chefs have recognised the importance of tackling hunger and have shown such incredible commitment to raising money to support our life-changing work. I’d like to extend our huge thanks to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants  for all their vital support in helping us to end hunger for hundreds more families across Africa and for deepening our relationships within the restaurant sector.”

About Farm Africa
Farm Africa supports farmers living at subsistence level, constantly at risk of crop failure, to build food and income security so that they can grow a better and reliable future for their families.

By focusing on ‘climate smart’ agricultural and forestry techniques, building market links and adding value to production, Farm Africa unleashes the entrepreneurial abilities of the farmers and rural communities they work with.

This is the time to turn challenge into opportunity for African farmers. Farm Africa believes passionately that smallholders can and will play a key role in achieving rural prosperity in Africa.

Farm Africa is the chosen charity for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2013, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

Food for Good
Food for Good is a Farm Africa initiative that is bringing together the food and hospitality industry to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: hunger. You can find out more about Food for Good here:
About The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is organised by Restaurant magazine and the awards are presented annually in the company of the world’s most influential restaurateurs, finest chefs and international media in London.
The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of their own region.
The panel in each region is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria.

 Photography by Lidia Sakarapani