Severn Sisters Feast: Female Cheffing Talent At Its Finest

You all know the game. The one where you’re asked to pick your iconic female dinner party guest-list (Michelle Obama, you’re top right now).Well, what if we asked you to pick the list of people cooking that dinner? Chances are it’d look a lot like the line-up behind Severn Sisters Feast, a night where 11 of the most talented chefs – who just happen to be some of the food world’s most gifted women – are coming together to cook a multicultural seasonal feast in aid of Action Against Hunger. It really doesn’t get much more exciting than that.

After the success of last year’s Bristol-based feast, chef, organiser and general wonder-woman Romy Gill decided to take the concept on tour to London. Enlisting the help of Zoe Adjonyoh of the Brixton-based Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Bake Off finalist and Indian-cooking guru Chetna Makan, Food writing wonder and author Rosie Birkett, Cookbook writer Maria Elia, our favourite Alissa Timoshkina of KinoVino supper clubs, Chef and Telegraph columnist Xanthe Clay, the brilliant Olia Hercules author of Mamushka and Kaukasis, Elly Curshen of Bristol’s Pear Café, Food writer and demo chef Paula McIntyre and last but not least, Writer and private chef Natasha Corrett, she’ll be cooking a feast for 150 in the arches of Borough Market’s food hall all in aid of Action Against Hunger whilst providing a platform for emerging female cheffing talent.

Romy explains the motivation behind the event was to raise money for a charity that she’s seen the work of first-hand. “I am born and bred in India, poverty is all around you. It’s just so important to me that we can help kids and people find food.” For her, what’s better than uniting female cheffing talent to do so, and at the same time “helping the new faces that need help!” It’s really no surprise that in 2016 she was honoured with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to the hospitality industry. On top of that, the night is hosted by Mina Holland, Editor of Guardian Cook and there’s a raffle with Kate Hamilton of Suitcase Magazine.

So to celebrate, we’ve spoken with 7 of the chefs to release a recipe a day for the next 7 days leading up to the feast. In a world where the talents of women so often go overlooked, Severn Sisters Feast feels like the kind of event we want to celebrate every way that we can.

Tickets are £67.60 plus booking fee and you can book here.

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