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Suffolk Cooks for Ukraine and Inspires all the students at Suffolk New College

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Responding to the devastating humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, some of Suffolk’s top chefs are working together to cook a special fund-raising feast celebrating Ukraine, its people and its food.

All profits will go to the DEC’s (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Appeal.

The kitchen brigade will be led by Nicola Hordern and Maria Elia (biogs below). In an extraordinary show of solidarity they’ll be joined in the kitchen by a host of other Suffolk chefs, including Lee Bye and Harvey Thompson (Tuddenham Mill), Nick Claxton Webb (Adnams), Mike Keen, Grant Newland (Kings Arms, Haughley) and Sam Sturman (Brewers, Rattlesden).

The Suffolk Cooks for Ukraine event will be held at 6.45 pm for 7pm on Thursday, March 17, with the generous support of Suffolk New College, Ipswich. Catering and hospitality students will join the professionals in preparing, cooking and serving the dinner at the college’s Chefs’ Whites restaurant.

Tickets are available here:

Event date/time: 6.45 pm for 7pm Thurs March 17

Location: Chefs’ Whites Restaurant, Suffolk New College, Ipswich IP4 1LT

Maria Elia says: “My heart breaks as I watch the daily atrocities and heinous crimes against humanity unfold in Ukraine. I’ve tried to imagine how it would feel to have your whole existence and freedom snatched away literally overnight, while your beloved country is bombed to shreds and family torn apart.

“The courage, unity and resilience of the Ukranian people is awe-inspiring. We’ll be ‘Cooking for Ukraine’, to show our love and support by bringing people together through the power of food.  Huge thanks to everyone involved so far, through your generous support we can help raise much needed funds for the DEC’s Ukraine appeal.”

Nicola Hordern says: “Like many I have found the situation in Ukraine extremely distressing. I was spurred into action following a social media post by the Russian food creative Alissa Timoshkina and her friend, Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules asking us to cook ‘for Ukraine, for peace, for freedom, for truth, for common sense, for rational thought, for love’.

“I have cooked and shared Russian and Ukrainian food with both Olia and Alissa and for them and for the extraordinary work that Olia is doing raising awareness for the plight of her country I am supporting their cause in the only way I know how. 

“We have an extraordinary team of chefs who will cook food inspired by the region, supported by the wonderful students and staff of Suffolk New College. Please join us if you can.”

Mike Mulvihill, Director of Service Industries at Suffolk New College, says:

“The Suffolk Centre for Culinary Arts here at Suffolk New College had no hesitation in becoming a big part of this Event. My Students are very aware of the seriousness of the conflict and so to help in such a fantastic way has really made them feel that they are helping those in desperate need.”

Journalist Tessa Allingham, who is one of the event organisers, says:

“Nicola and Maria have created a unique menu that really celebrates the flavours of Ukraine. Everyone is pouring their talent and time into an urgently important cause. Please support if you can!” Tickets will cost £60 a head with guests seated on tables of 10. 

Food writer and cookery teacher Linda Duffin, who is also on the team, says:

“Ticket numbers are limited, time is short and the need is critical, so we’d urge people to please book as soon as possible. This is an entirely voluntary effort and every penny we make will go to the people of Ukraine.”

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