Catering college has 'Hell's Kitchen' cook-off to raise money for charity

Catering college has 'Hell's Kitchen' cook-off to raise money for charity

Third year catering students from City College Brighton and Hove will be putting their aprons on for the third and final cooking competition which will take place on Thursday 30 June to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Brighton and Early Birth Association (EBA). 

The ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ style competition has seen students go head-to-head in two knockouts – with guests choosing their favourite menu. Michelin-starred chef, Matt Gillan, will be joining the students and guests for the exciting final.

The final cook-off will take place at The Gallery Restaurant, City College, Pelham Street, BN1 4FA. There are still some tickets left, at £25, which includes a three-course meal cooked by the finalists, followed by a raffle with prizes up for grabs - such as three tickets to afternoon tea at The Grand in Brighton, tickets to the Brighton racecourse, and some fine wines.

All proceedings from the three events will be split between the two charities, which have been selected as City College’s joint ‘Charity of the Year’. The event is expected to raise in the region of two thousand pounds.

Ronald McDonald House Brighton is one of 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK. It has eighteen en-suite bedrooms across two sites, with fully equipped kitchens, lounge areas, and dining areas, offering free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families that have children being treated at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.

Early Birth Association (EBA) raises money for vital equipment at Trevor Mann Baby Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, and also provides support to parents with children in special care units.

Martin Coatsworth, Deputy House Manager of Ronald McDonald House Brighton, says: “We’re so thankful to City College for organising this fantastic fundraising event. We rely heavily on the generosity of our supporters and fundraisers to continue our work and the money will be invaluable in helping towards the running costs of the House.”

The students received intensive training from College Lecturer, Allan Paul, and then Isaac Bartlett from Isaac At Restaurant in Brighton assisted during heat one. Tim Sheed, Sussex Young Chef of the Year and Sous Chef in the Camilla Restaurant at South Lodge, joined the students for heat two.

Programme Area Manager for the Catering and Hospitality Department, Jon File said: “We are delighted to be able to showcase our students’ work through this event. The Hell’s Kitchen experience is the students’ end of year celebration, with most leaving college and moving on to full time employment. The opportunity to support these vital charities is also a significant driver for the event. While clearly beneficial to the charities, it also promotes a sense of community and responsibility amongst the students as they set off on the next chapter of their lives.”

To buy tickets for the final, email Stacey at or call 01273 667711.
For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit

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Notes to editors

1. Ronald McDonald House Brighton is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The Charity enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.

2. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.

3. The original Ronald McDonald House Brighton opened its doors to families in April of 1999 and was relocated to a new site in 2007. The new House has eight en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, a dining area, a kitchen, a laundry and a small patio garden. Ronald McDonald House Charities has also invested £300,000 to open a further 10 en-suite bedrooms on the top floor of the children’s hospital – meaning they can now offer 18 en-suite rooms to families in need.

4. Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.

5. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.

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