It’s lovely to be able to share some good news!

We’re delighted to reveal that the Back to School Supper Club, held by Sarah Miller and Yeo Valley, has raised an incredible £7,000 for Chefs in Schools.

Sarah Miller, a former Masterchef contestant who wants to help address the rise in obesity and malnutrition amongst children, has held a number of supper clubs for us in the past but volunteered to organise a bigger fundraising event. 

Yeo Valley generously donated the use of their facilities at the Yeo Valley Canteen, as well as their event management, kitchen and front of house teams. Guests enjoyed delicious cyder and wine kindly donated by The Newt in Somerset and Babylonstoren.  

The supper club was also supported by Freya Mitton, the Modern British Art Dealer, who volunteered as auctioneer, photographer Meg Lovell, who captured the evening on film, and DJ Sebastian Boutique, who made sure it was a night to remember. Auction prizes were also donated and generous bids received.

At Chefs in Schools we believe school food should never be bland, boring or bad for you. Our mission is to improve the health of children through better food and food education. We train chefs and kitchen teams to run school kitchens with the efficiency, and passion for food, of a top restaurant. The chefs make amazing food from scratch and also teach the pupils about food. 

The money raised by Sarah and Yeo Valley will allow us to continue this work and to expand into the Bristol area. 

Naomi Duncan, CEO at Chefs in Schools, said: “We can’t thank Sarah and Yeo Valley enough for putting on such a fantastic event and for raising so much money for Chefs in Schools. We are also so grateful to them and to the people who gave their time, products and donations to make the event such a success. 

“As a charity we are reliant on donations, this money will help us to continue our vital work in child health and nutrition. Our work currently ensures over 12,000 pupils each school day have access to better food, and we are continuously expanding. Through our teaching work, we’re equipping children with essential life skills.

“Up to one third of children are obese when they leave primary school. Chefs in Schools believes it’s essential to make positive changes and to pass on a passion for fresh food to future generations.”

The Bristol Back to School Supper Club will be Chefs in Schools last public fundraising event for the coming weeks due to the coronavirus, however people can still donate. Now, more than ever, that funding would be gratefully received.

As well as continuing to support school kitchen teams in these uncertain times, we’re developing strategies and networks to feed any vulnerable children if schools have to close.

All of the photos on this post are from Meg Lovell.