Join Simon Rogan For Chef Fundraising Dinner In Cumbria

‘Bocuse’ you’re worth it. This March, Kendal College in Cumbria is joining forces with Simon Rogan to host a special fundraising dinner – and you’re invited to the action

Don’t miss out on this delicious diary date. Kendal College in Cumbria is joining forces with Simon Rogan, his team and all the Michelin starred chefs of Cumbria to host a seven-course dinner in aid of the Bocuse d’Or UK Academy* on Monday 16 March 2020.

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The world’s largest and most prestigious cooking competition, The Bocuse d’Or is coveted by many – although the UK has yet to win the award.

The Bocuse d’Or was originally founded in 1987 by the late Paul Bocuse, a French chef celebrated world-wide for the high quality of his restaurants and his innovative approach to cuisine. It is the world’s largest cooking competition and considered the most prestigious award for any chef.

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The Bocuse d’Or UK Academy was thus set up to support the UK Team in the challenging tough contest. Ranked number one by FE Week, Kendal College will become a Michelin starred venue for one night only, with catering students and lecturers all taking part to ensure a truly memorable experience.

The dinner, instigated by Simon Rogan in his role of President of Bocuse d’Or Team UK, aims to celebrate the region’s culinary talent.

Cumbria now has eight Michelin Stars following the three new stars given in this year’s awards. Simon’s team will be led by Sam Ward, managing director of Umbel Restaurant Group and Tom Barnes, executive chef of his Cumbrian restaurants.

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Ryan Blackburn of the Old Stamp House, Ben Wilkinson of Cottage in the Wood, and Richard Swale of Allium at Askham Hall were all new entries in the 2020 Michelin guide. They will team up with Hrishikesh Desai of Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Paul Leonard of Forest Side, Tom Barnes representing Rogan & Co and Paul Burgalières, head chef at the two Michelin starred L’Enclume.


The evening will commence with welcome drinks and snacks prepared by Brian Limoges, head chef at Henrock – Rogan’s most recent opening, before diners are seated ready for a seven-course tasting menu with each course prepared by one of the Michelin-starred chefs.

Rogan told The Wordrobe, “Bringing these chefs together will demonstrate how much talent we have in this region alone, never mind the UK.

With the right funding and preparation, there is nothing to stop the UK Team from winning the Bocuse d’Or and in Ian Musgrave we have a fantastic candidate.”

Profits from the evening will go towards the Bocuse d’Or Team UK and will
contribute towards a culinary study trip to Seville for Kendal College students. Further monies will be raised by a silent auction and table raffle.

Make it happen
When: Monday 16 March 2020
Where: Milnthorpe Rd, Kendal LA9 5AY
Wallet: Tickets are priced at £185 per person or £1,750 for a table of ten and include welcome drinks, snacks, a seven-course meal and wine.
How: For enquiries and details of how to book, please email:

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