In June 2016 Freedom from Torture joined forces with two award winning chefs, Paul Merrett and Anton Manganaro, for an unusual twist on the traditional charity dinner format, and the result was The Great Street Feast. Held at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly, gourmet street food by leading chefs and traditional breads and chutneys made by Freedom from Torture’s baking therapy group 'Bread for Life' were cooked live and served to supporters in an iconic venue.
The two chefs called on their colleagues and friends Atul Kochhar (Benares), Dan Doherty (Duck and Waffle), Tong Chee Hwee (HKK), and patissier-chocolatier William Curley to deliver innovative street food dishes to 230 guests. Comedians Ian Hislop and Jeremy Hardy provided the entertainment. All participants gave their time for free.
The chefs were joined by bakers from Freedom from Torture’s baking therapy group. Cooking and sharing food can be enormously beneficial for the rehabilitation of torture survivors and this was a chance for them to work alongside leading culinary stars.
The Great Street Feast aimed to raise awareness of, and funds for, Freedom from Torture’s work with survivors of torture. The original target was £40,000, in fact the event raised over £104,000.