REAL Chefs

Helping our community in times of crisis

REAL came to prominence through the excitement and enthusiasm of innovative chefs like Matt Campbell, Jamie Park and Tom Peters. In these difficult times, with so many of our friends now out of work, we’re keen to help support them in any way we can.

Take a look at these videos featuring amazing, healthy, nutritional recipes and ideas from some of the industry’s absolute food heroes, and do consider donating to them via the buttons below.

Any donations you can offer will go straight to the chefs via their own Paypal accounts – the gold buttons will take you directly to their donation pages. However, some of the chefs have chosen for their donations to go to the Hospitality Action charity, in which case, look out for the big pink buttons.

We’ll be adding more chefs very soon – some really exciting names and some really mouth-watering recipes – so bookmark this page and head back soon.

Dig deep, give generously, scrub up and stay healthy!

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Gelf Alderson

Spicy greens with peanut butter & apples

Gelf was one of the early pioneers of the farm to fork philosophy. He joined Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at River Cottage nearly 10 years ago and now as Exec Chef continues to push the boundaries of ethical, sustainable food.

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Ollie Templeton

Hake with spring vegetables and Real Kombucha

Ollie is the head chef at Carousel, an award-winning restaurant and creative hub in London. At Carousel, he serves his own dishes during lunch and brings in guest chefs from across the world to cook unique collaborative dinners.

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Richard Fox

Curried quinoa, spinach, spiced roasted vegetables & pumpkin seeds

Richard is an award-winning writer, cookbook author and presenter, as well as being a plant-based consultant and co-founder of The Health Habit. He is also an official ambassador for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

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Mark Hix

Easy seaside eggs and greens

Celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix is known for his original take on British gastronomy. The success of his HIX Restaurants group, including Tramshed, have made him one of the country’s most recognisable foodie figures.

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Atul Kochhar

Aloo chaat potato salad

At the age of 31, Atul Kochhar became the world’s first Indian chef to win a Michelin star. He has since opened Sindhu, Hawkyns, Indian Essence and Kanisha. Atul’s food is a combination of traditional Punjabi dishes and Indian fusion.

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Andrew Clarke

Thai-inspired fish soup

Andrew Clarke is an award winning chef, formerly of Brunswick House and St Leonards. More recently, he has become the co-founder of Pilot Light, a social-good business which aims to tackle the stigma around mental health in hospitality.

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Steve Groves

Socca pancakes with broccoli, chilli and cream cheese

Steve was crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Winner in 2009. In 2010 he joined Roux at Parliament Square and subsequently became Head Chef in 2013. In 2019 Steve won The Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year.

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Elliott Lidstone

Warm potato salad, smoked mackerel and pickled cucumber

Elliott and his wife, Tess, run BOX-E from a pair of converted shipping containers on Bristol’s harbourside. The small menu features seasonal ingredients, showcasing much of the fantastic produce the West Country has on offer.

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Kirk Haworth

Warm toasted nettle Caesar, asparagus, green apple & fennel

Kirk is all about plant-based cookery. “Sustainability is not just about the earth, the food or the ingredients – it’s about people, and creating a lifestyle that’s sustainable for all of us to coexist in good health.”

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Tobyn Excell

Cauliflower, brown crab and foraged ramsons (wild garlic)

Tobyn Excell runs Sæl Projects. Tobyn is an expert forager and a wonderful chef with a fascinating philosophy. Check out his REAL Chefs video and recipe for cauliflower, brown crab and ramsons. You might learn something!

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Tom Peters

Portobello katsu curry, coconut rice, pickled cucumber and fennel

Currently the head chef at Restaurant Tom Simmons, Tom is a veteran of the Michelin-starred scene, having worked at Maaemo in Oslo and Roux at Parliament square in Westminster. Watch his vid and donate if you can.

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Martin Frickel

Foraged wild mushroom risotto, wild garlic and truffle

Martin Frickel is Head Chef at Mathildes at the Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere, Lake District. He was previously Senior Sous Chef at 1-star restaurant, The Forest Side, also in Grasmere. Check out his recipe and donate here.

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Chantelle Nicholson

Hot cross buns

Chantelle, the multi-award winning Chef Patron at Tredwells, in the West End’s Seven Dials, as well as Group Operations Director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants, is one of the UK’s leading female names in the hospitality industry.

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Santiago Lastra

Seaweed and asparagus salad

Combining his native customs with local ingredients. Santiago brings a sense of Mexican celebration to his cuisine, merging traditional recipes from his homeland with regional produce to create vibrant, flavoursome dishes.

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Steven Edwards

Vine tomato & camembert quiche

Winner of the 6th series of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2013, Steven opened his first restaurant in 2017. Located in Hove, etch. by Steven Edwards is a wonderful open-plan restaurant serving cutting-edge cuisine.

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Maria Elia

Halloumi, orange, fennel and pistachio salad

Maria Elia has worked in some of the world’s most renowned kitchens. Now based in London, she is the founder of Smashing Plates, a residency at Great Guns Social SE1 that redefines Greek cuisine as we know it.

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Ashley Tinoco

Summer Fruit Bowl with Royal Flush kombucha granita

Having moved to London in 2016 to cook at The Rib Room in Jumeirah Carlton Towers, Ashley Tinoco currently cooks up a storm at the newly opened Modern Brasserie – Sam’s Riverside in Hammersmith.

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