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Cheese Bar Team Up With Pizza Pilgrims, Gunpowder and El Pastor For Charity

One-day cheese festival created to raise money for Help Refugees UK

A cheese toastie at The Cheese Bar

The Cheese Bar in Camden will honour the cheese toastie (or grilled cheese) with a celebration supporting the charity, Help Refugees UK. The first “Grilled Cheese Invitational” will take place on Thursday 14 September. Lessons have hopefully been learnt from this recent cheese festival in Brighton.

Founder Mathew Carver has invited five London chefs to create a cheese-based dish for the one-day event next month. Guests will be able to eat all dishes for £20. An element of competition will be introduced as the guest restaurants have been invited to challenged The Cheese Bar’s founder Mathew Carver with creations in their own, varied styles. The winner will be crowned the “grilled cheese champion.” There’s only one rule: the cheeses used in the dishes must be produced in Britain.

The participants include: Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi from Middle Eastern barbecue restaurants Berber & Q and Shwarma Bar; Harneet Baweja of Shoreditch modern Indian Gunpowder; Louisianan specialist, Decatur’s Tom Browne; alongside James Thom Elliot, founders of Pizza Pilgrims and Tomasz Baranski, head chef at Borough Market taqueria, El Pastor.

The Cheese Bar, Camden
Joel Kennedy

Carver said: “I am so excited to be working with some of the city’s most talented chefs and restaurateurs who no doubt will be creating some really special combinations and all for a great cause. With the likes of Pizza Pilgrims, El Pastor and Berber & Q, it’s a great chance to play around with new combinations and flavours from around the world all using British cheeses in a brand new and exiting way whilst helping those in need.”

Carer has teamed up with Help Refugees UK for the occasion to raise awareness and vital funds to aid the European refugee crisis — 50% of all profits from the evening donated to the charity.

The set menu will be priced at £20 and will include any beer and any glass of wine.

The Cheese Bar is at North Yard Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8AH

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