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The Severn Sisters’ Feast for Action Against Hunger

After a successful first edition in Bristol in 2016, the Severn Sisters’ Feast returns for 2017 with a new location, new line-up and new menu.

Organised by Romy Gill, this supper will take place on 4th October in Borough Market when guests will be treated to a feast prepared by 11 of the UK’s most remarkable ladies from the world of food and drink.

Zoe Adjonyoh, Rosie Birkett, Xanthe Clay, Natasha Corrett, Elly Curshen, Maria Elia, Romy Gill, Olia Hercules, Chetna Makan, Paula McIntyre and Alissa Timoshkina will deliver a menu of multicultural sharing dishes for diners to feast on. A true showcase for local produce, female culinary talents and the joy of sharing food, the Severn Sisters’ Feast is set to be a wonderful celebration.

Tickets include a fizz and canapé reception followed by the meal made up of eight separate sharing dishes. There will be a bar service from Vino Beano on the night for any additional drinks required. Mina Holland of the Guardian will host the evening, and the night’s raffle competition will be presented by Kate Hamilton of Suitcase Magazine.

The purpose of this event is to create a platform for established and emerging female talent in the industry, and to raise significant funds for the charity. All profits will go to one of our favourite charities – Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organisation committed to ending world hunger.

Romy Gill, MBE: “I am so thrilled to bring this event to London, seeing how well it was received in Bristol last year. I am very happy to continue supporting Action Against Hunger, I wanted to raise awareness of the incredible work that the charity does across the world. I also thought this would be a great opportunity to unite women in the industry and what can be a more exciting way of doing that than through cooking a feast together!”

Advanced booking required via

Tickets cost £90.00 per head plus booking fee.

Wednesday 4 October, 2017, 7pm to 11pm.


More info on all the fabulous women taking part, below…


Xanthe Clay

Food writer and chef

In her mid twenties, Xanthe trained as a chef at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and worked as a chef and caterer in the West Country before starting the Readers’ Recipe column for the Telegraph.

Since then she has worked on both food and cookery features for Weekend Telegraph, as well as contributing to Good Food magazine, Olive magazine, Delicious magazine and Sainsburys magazine.


Natasha Corrett

Chef and cookery book writer

Natasha is one of the UK’s top vegetarian chefs, renowned for making healthy food that looks and tastes amazing. Having authored four best-selling cookbooks in the last five years, her first two with nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson who created the principles of Honestly Healthy, her latest book – “Honestly Healthy in a Hurry” released in May 2016 – helps busy people find time to cook from scratch, by prepping and planning meals in advance.


Rosie Birket

Food writer, stylist and author.

Her most recent book, a collaboration with the food photographer Helen Cathcart, East London Food, is out now. Her debut cookbook A Lot On Her Plate was published by Hardie Grant in 2015. Rosie’s recipes and food styling have appeared on the cover of BBC Good Food Magazine  (to which she is a contributing editor), Olive Magazine, and been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph, Red, Grazia, In Style and Guardian Cook. She presents a sporadic food tasting slot on Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch, and has appeared on Saturday Kitchen, Masterchef and The Great British Menu.


Elly Curshen

Food writer, chef, cafe owner

Owner of Bristol’s Pear Café, better known as Elly Pear and author of Sunday Times bestseller, ‘Fast Days and Feast Days‘, is passionate about encouraging people to cook from scratch and try new things.

Her bright, inventive cooking is influenced by world cuisine but always with an eye on the local greengrocers. Her second book, Elly Pear’s Let’s Eat! will be published by Harper Collins on June 15th.


Maria Elia

Chef and author.

Her progression through the culinary world after a rigorous apprenticeship began within the kitchens of Stephen Terry at Coast, along with stages at El Bulli, and Arzak in San Sebastian. These experiences proved invaluable for her head chef positions at Delfina, The Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, a role that garnered her rave reviews, 2AA rosettes, and a Michelin recommendation, and Jimmy’s. She is author of 3 best-selling and critically-claimed cookbooks, Full of Flavour, The Modern Vegetarian and Smashing Plates. Now based in London where she writes, cooks and teaches.


Zoe Adjonyoh

Cook and food writer

Born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Zoe deepened her understanding of West African cuisine after a trip to visit her extended family in Ghana. There she spent time exploring recipes in her grandmother’s kitchen and at the famous Kaneshi street market. Picked up by Nigel Slater as one to watch on the topic of immigration food in Britain, Zoe has been making waves in the food scene ever since her first sell-out successful supperclubs in 2011.

Named as one of “London’s hottest chefs” by Time Out, Zoe launched her first fixed restaurant space in 2015, at shipping container community project Pop Brixton. Zoe’s stunning debut cookbook “Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen” and was published by Octopus Books and will be out on 20th April 2017.


Chetna Makan

Food writer and Great British Bake Off contestant

Chetna Makan was one of most popular contestants on Great British Bake Off, and since then has published two cookbooks, launched her very successful YouTube channel and continues to take part in food festivals, supper clubs and popups. Her first book ‘The Cardamom Trail’, which was published in April 2016, is all about traditional bakes with Indian flavours and baking with spices. Her 2nd book ‘Chai, Chaat & Chutney’ is out on 6th July 2017.


Romy Gill, MBE

Chef, restaurant owner, food writer

Romy Gill was awarded an MBE for the hospitality industry in 2016. She has been one of the judges on Chef’s Table on Celebrity Masterchef UK and as well as for the BBC Food Awards.

Romy contributes regularly to food publications such as Crumbs, Olive, Delicious, Saveur and has appeared in The Guardian, Observer and Telegraph.  She is a regular on BBC Radio4 Food programmes and also demonstrates in major food festivals around the world, including Abegevaney, Big Festival and Meatopia, and does pop ups in the UK and abroad.


Alissa Timoshkina

Supper club host, curator, cook

Alissa launched KinoVino, a unique dining experience which marries film and food, two years ago. For each edition Alissa curates a film programme and teams up with a guest chef to create a unique menu inspired by the narrative. KinoVino has been featured in British Vogue, Vice, Olive Magazine, Khoollect and named in top 10 best supper clubs by TimeOut.


Paula McIntyre

Chef and food writer

Having trained in Culinary Arts at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA, Paula McIntyre returned to the UK in 1993 to open her own restaurant in Manchester. A busy and thriving eatery, The Undrie, picked up several awards for fine dining including Manchester Evening News newcomer of the year. After returning to Northern Ireland in 1998, Paula appeared in a number of TV shows including ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’, ‘Summer Season’, ‘Inside Out’ and her own series ‘Taste of Adventure’. She makes regular appearance on the radio as a guest and host of serval cooking shows, including Jay Rayner’s ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ and is a judge on Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards.


Olia Hercules

Chef, stylist and food writer

Olia Hercules was born in the south of Ukraine in 1984 and lived there until she was 12 when she moved to Cyprus, then travelling to Italy before settling in the UK after University. Olia trained at the renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine, she worked as a chef in restaurants, including Ottolenghi, and as a recipe developer before securing a book deal for Mamushka, a cookbook that celebrates her family recipes, from Ukraine and Moldova to Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Mamushka won the prestigious Fortnum and Mason Award for best debut cookbook 2016.



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