Chef John Lawson will be hosting an intimate dining experience in aid of ‘Brain Tumour Research Campaign’ with the help of his former teacher and mentor Raymond Blanc OBE and fellow proteges Robin Gill and Ollie Dabbous. The event will take place at Lawson’s restaurant FOOD in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and will involve the use of seasonal ingredients that benefit the brain. Aiming to raise £10,000, each chef will create a beautifully presented and full of flavour dish free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar for diners to enjoy.
Brain cancer survivor Lawson supports the charity that is close to his heart: ““Every day I am grateful to be here and to be cooking again. There was a point when I thought it would never happen, I couldn’t even peel a carrot three years ago, following my seizure. I am one of the lucky ones. I see my role now as a chef and spokesperson – I want to help change things to make people more aware of brain tumours.”
“It’s pretty scary stuff as this type of cancer is now responsible for the highest number of death within the under 40 age bracket, yet it is the most underfunded and under researched. I hope that this event will help not only raise money for much needed research but also awareness. Everything we will be cooking will be in line with my restaurant’s ethos, with health and well-being at the forefront. My tumour is slow growing and can come back at any time. There are thousands of other people in the UK, who just like me, are living with a brain tumour now, so I wanted to do my part and try to change the statistics,” he continued.
Running from 12pm until close on Saturday, the 27th of October, the ‘brain food’ dinner also marks the restaurant’s first anniversary. Established to reintroduce healthy, seasonal cooking, using only ingredients sourced as locally as possible to the restaurant scene on the Essex coast, upon opening ‘FOOD’, Lawson promised to give guests an unforgettable food experience, with a soft yet incredibly important side of nutrition.
Tickets to ‘brain food’ are priced at £150 per person and are available to purchase by telephone on 1st August between 10am – 4pm call 01702 840904 during that time. For more details about the event please visit: www.foodbyjohnlawson.com/brainfoodevent.