Irish chef JP McMahon will be cooking with 24 leading international chefs in Brussels, Belgium, later this month, in aid of Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds, a South African project created by chef Margot Janse.
The unique event will see three charity dinners taking place simultaneously across the city on the 16th of February at 8pm, with the chefs divided across Brussels restaurants Bon Bon, Bozar and Le Chalet de La Foret. Each team of chefs will serve a specially-created ten course menu which will include a specific indigenous South African ingredient.
JP McMahon said: “I am delighted to be taking part in this event. It is not only a privilege to cook alongside chefs I admire so much, but also to be raising money for the fantastic work that Margot is doing in South Africa.”
All proceeds from the night will go to Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds, a charity created by chef Margot Janse, which has been serving nutritious meals to 1,500 South African children each school day since 2009.
Margot Janse said: “JP invited me to talk about my Isabelo charity at Food On The Edge in 2017. Food On The Edge has been a catalyst for many ideas, and this is exactly where the first seed was planted for this fundraising event for Isabelo. Now it is a reality and I am over the moon that JP has agreed to be a part of it.”
Pascal Devalkeneer of Le Chalet de La Foret will host JP McMahon of Aniar, Galway; Joris Bijdendijk of Rijks, Amsterdam; May Chow of Little Bao, Hong Kong; Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, Menton; Rodolfo Guzman of Borago, Santiago; Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon of Central Lima; and Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson of Souvenir, Gent.
Christophe Hardiquest of Bon Bon Restaurant will host Maksut Askar of Neolokal, Istanbul; Manu Buffara of Manu,Curitiba, Brazil; Willem Hiele of Koksijde, Belgium; Chiho Kanzaki of Virtus Paris, Alain Passard of L’Arpege, Paris; and Ana Ros of Hisa Franko, Slovenia.
Karen Torosyan of Bozar Restaurant will host Brussels chef Isabelle Arpin; Pascal Barbot of L’Astrance, Paris; Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit, New York; Sang Hoon Degeimbre of L’Air du Temps, Liernu, Belgium; David Martin of La Paix, Brussels; Christophe Pele of Le Clarence, Paris; and Heinz Reitbauer of Steirereck, Vienna.