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JP McMahon To Cook Alongside Top International Chefs At Charity Event In Belgium This Month

Irish chef JP McMahon will be cooking with 24 leading international chefs in Brussels, Belgium in aid of Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds, a South-African project created by chef Margot Janse. The unique event will see three charity dinners taking place simultaneously across the city on the 16th of February at 8pm, with the chefs divided across top Brussels restaurants, ​Bon Bon​, ​Bozar​ and ​Le Chalet de La Foret​. Each team of chefs will serve a specially-created 10-course menu which will include a specific indigenous South-African ingredient.

JP McMahon​ said, ​“I am delighted to be taking part in this event. It is not only a privilege to cook alongside chefs I admire so much, but also to be raising money for the fantastic work that Margot is doing in South Africa”.​

All proceeds from the night will go to ​Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds​, a charity created by chef Margot Janse, which has been serving nutritious meals to 1,500 South African children each school day since 2009. Margot Janse​ said, ​“JP invited me to talk about my Isabelo charity at Food On The Edge in 2017. Food On The Edge has been a catalyst for many ideas, and this is exactly where the first seed was planted for this fundraising event for Isabelo. Now it is a reality and I am over the moon that JP has agreed to be a part of it”.

Pascal Devalkeneer ​of ​Le Chalet de La Foret​ will host ​JP McMahon​ of Aniar, Galway; ​Joris Bijdendijk​ of Rijks, Amsterdam, ​May Chow​ of Little Bao, Hong Kong, ​Mauro Colagreco​ of Mirazur, Menton; ​Rodolfo Guzman​ of Borago, Santiago; ​Virgilio Martinez​ and ​Pia Leon​ of Central Lima; and ​Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson​ of Souvenir, Gent.

Christophe Hardiquest​ of ​Bon Bon Restaurant​ will host ​Maksut Askar​ of Neolokal, Istanbul; Manu Buffara​ of Manu,Curitiba, Brazil; ​Willem Hiele​ of ​Koksijde, Belgium​; ​Chiho Kanzaki​ of Virtus Paris, ​Alain Passard​ of L’Arpege, Paris; and ​Ana Ro​s of Hisa Franko, Slovenia. Karen Torosyan​ of Bozar Restaurant will host Brussels chef ​Isabelle Arpin​; ​Pascal Barbot​ of L’Astrance, Paris; ​Emma Bengtsson​ of Aquavit, New York; ​Sang Hoon​ Degeimbre of L’Air du Temps, Liernu, Belgium; ​David Martin​ of La Paix, Brussels; ​Christophe Pele​ of Le Clarence, Paris; and ​Heinz Reitbauer​ of Steirereck, Vienna.

The charity dinners will take place across ​Bon Bon​, ​Bozar​ and ​Le Chalet de La Foret​ restaurants in Brussels on the 16th of February at 8pm with all proceeds going to ​Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds​.

Tickets are available to purchase ​here​, and check out ​https://isabelocharity.wixsite.com/website​ for more information on ​Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds​.

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