Chef’s Kilimanjaro Climb


Later this month a group of top UK chefs are taking on the challenge of a lifetime in support of Farm Africa’s Food for Good campaign.

The team leader and chief motivator is a Michelin-starred chef Ashley Palmer-Watts. He was inspired to take on the challenge after visiting one of Farm Africa’s projects in Kenya, he saw first-hand the impact Farm Africa’s work is having on the lives of African farmers and their families. The other passionate ‘foodies’ taking part are Paul Foster, Head Chef at Tuddenham Mill, John Freeman, Head Chef at Restaurant Sat Bains, Paulo de Tarso, Senior Maitre D’ at Bar Boulud and Paul Gwilliams, the team’s cameraman.

The grueling climb is expected to take 8 days to the roof of Africa, which is 5,895m above sea level and a world away from their usual surroundings of the elegant dining rooms. Ashley said; “As chefs, our daily lives revolve round serving great food in luxurious surroundings. But we are all only too aware that beyond our restaurants’ walls there are close to a billion people going hungry every day. Without food, these people have no hope for making a better future for themselves”.

Each of the team have been training hard to ensure they’re fit for the challenge as well as fundraising hard to hit the donations goal.  However, it’s their talents away from the kitchen that have raised the most money such as organising football tournaments and adding a small amount to bar bills. If you’d like to help them reach their massive £50,000 goal, you can donate on their Virgin Money Giving page.

You can find out about their journey leading up to the big event and follow their adventures during the climb on the Chef’s Kili Blog on the Farm Africa website.

It just remains to wish the team a massive good luck in reaching the summit and raising as much money as possible!

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