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Allister Barsby, February 2017

At the beginning of February I was honoured and lucky to be part of the fantastic Chefs Night Out 2017 charity dinner, raising money for the wonderful Ty Hafan.

Ty Hafan is very special charity who offer comfort, care and support to life limited children and their families, there is literally no limit to the extent these guys will go to make every day these children have left as special as possible.

Chef's Night Out is in its fifth year and has become an important date in the annual calendar. It's a special evening which brings together 16 of the finest chefs from Wales and in the UK to cook for 16 tables of 10 guests, and each table has one chef cooking a four course meal for them. Nobody know who's cooking for who until the evening and at the end of the evening each chef is then auctioned off to go and cook at the bidders’ house at a date in the future.

I arrived mid-afternoon and the huge hotel kitchen was already in full swing and buzzing with chefs, all getting ready for their respective tables. I was preparing a menu of dishes from my a la carte menu here at the Grove so I was pretty much fully prepared which allowed me to spend some time catching up with a couple of the other chefs I know.

The kitchen was full of some amazing chefs and talents, including Hywel Jones (Lucknam Park), Hrishikesh Desai (The Gilpin Hotel), Richard Davies (Epicure at Celtic Manor), and of course Will Holland and Hywel Griffith from our sister restaurants Coast and Beach House. The food leaving the pass was simply outstanding and it was such an honour to contribute to such a worthy cause.

I was auctioned off for £3,500 which I'm thrilled about for my first time, some of the veterans of the evening were being auctioned off for £8000-£10,000. In total just over £150,000 was raised for Ty Hafan which is incredible. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I have put myself forward for any further events.