Gary Usher hosts fundraising Michellin-star chef BBQ

31/08/2017 - 07:00
To help reach chef Gary Usher’s £200,000 Kickstarter campaign target - to launch his latest restaurant Wreckfish in Liverpool city centre – fellow chefs signed up to a series of guest nights, including an exclusive BBQ held at Usher’s Heswall eatery, Burnt Truffle.

Taking place last week (20 August), Usher was joined at the BBQ by Michelin-starred chef patron of Midsummer House, Daniel Clifford (who also helped organise the event); executive chef of The Wild Rabbit, Tim Allen; chef owner of Alimentum and The White Horse, Mark Poynton; Collette’s at the Grove’s head chef, Russel Bateman; head chef of Midsummer House, Mark Abbott and Pike & Pine’s Matt Gillan.

Dishes included honey and mustard glazed pork neck, charred cauliflower salad and sugar pit cured pork ribs, amongst others. DJ Afrodeutsch also provided the evening’s entertainment.

Usher said: “I was lost for words when Daniel offered to get everyone together for the Kickstarter. It was absolutely amazing to see all those faces in one place, cooking together again. I feel so humbled that Daniel made this happen and want to thank all the chefs and their teams for a truly unforgettable evening.”

A video from the event can be viewed here:

As well as this, Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle and Tom Kerridge are also supporting the campaign – Doherty set to host Wreckfish’s first brunch service on 5 November, and Kerridge to host a six-course menu later in the year – both already fully booked.

Having raised a total of £208,965, the Wreckfish campaign is the largest amount ever raised by Kickstarter for a UK restaurant – with £35,000 raised in just 24 hours.

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