I had plans to spend this last bank holiday in Paris, doing the usual eating and shopping, but instead Jon and I got a dreaded call last Thursday to fly home for a family funeral. Let me tell you: nothing makes you value what you have more than a run-in with mortality.
While back in New York going through the mourning rituals, I saw a notice about Chefs Unite, a fundraiser raffle for Children with Leukaemia, and not only did the cause strike me as worthy, but also the prizes sound fantabulous. So here’s my chance to do a little good, and I think we can be winners all around on this one.
Go to the Chefs Unite website, and for £10, you get a raffle ticket for one of nine celeb chef prizes, including a one-to-one cooking lesson with Marcus Wareing followed by lunch at his eponymous restaurant, a morning with Heston Blumenthal in the Fat Duck experimental kitchen, dinner with Marco Pierre White, a trip to Paris for four with dinner cooked at Ken Hom‘s pied a terre, dinner for four at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons . . . are you getting the gist? For the full list of prizes, click here.
So buy a few tickets and get your friends to do the same. For US and UK readers, Father’s Day is coming up soon, so include raffle tickets in that father’s day card! And in addition to generating good karma, you might meet a celeb chef or two.
The raffle runs until 12 noon BST on Wednesday, 7 July 2010.