Posted on Wednesday 11 June 2014 by Ulster Business
Industry magazine Hospitality Review NI welcomed Masterchef's John Torode and Neil McGuigan, an IWSC International Winemaker of the Year, to its annual Charity BBQ in The Hudson Bar, Belfast recently.
A number of stars from TV series The Fall, as well as the cream of the crop from the local hospitality scene and media, also attended the second of what has become an annual event organised by the Greer Publications-owned title.
Attended by 300 guests from all sectors of the hospitality trade, all proceeds were raised for NI Chest Heart & Stroke at the Hats and Shades-themed event, which was hosted by Hastings Europa Hotel General Manager James McGinn with assistance from BBC weather man Barra Best.
BBQ duties were undertaken by Dean Coppard of Uluru in Armagh using Henderson Foodservice produce and Crossgar Pallas chef Niall McKenna of Belfast's James Street South and Hadskis, while DJ Paschal kept things lively.
'We could not have been more pleased with the turnout whilst raising money for NI Chest Heart & Stroke,' said Nicola Daly, manager of Hospitality Review NI. 'The inaugural event last year was a great success but this year's has definitely topped it. To see so many well-known local industry personalities here, enjoying themselves and generously donating to the nominated charity, was fantastic while our special guests Neil McGuigan and John Torode were just the icing on the cake.'
Torode and McGuigan have formed a food and wine-matching partnership, and were in Belfast with United Wine Merchants to conduct a wine and culinary masterclass.
Sponsors of the HRNI Charity BBQ included Crossgar Pallas, Flogas, Henderson Foodservice,Flash Foto Booths, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, Tennent's NI, United Wine Merchants, Anzac wholesale, The Hudson Bar and The Merchant Hotel Belfast.