Cook For Syria

The supper-club that became a global movement

  • 1 hashtag
  • 50+ top restaurants & cafes
  • 75+ supper clubs & bake sales
  • 100+ donated recipes & posts
  • 3,000+ social media posts
  • 10,000+ specials served
  • 170+ million global reach
  • £150,000+ raised...and more to come

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“We hope that through the #CookForSYRIA campaign we will not only be able to raise much needed money for Unicef UK’s Children of Syria Fund, we will also increase awareness of the plight of children in the war-torn country. Through cooking, sharing recipes and the power of social media, we invite everyone to help make a difference and positive contribution towards this important initiative.”

Clerkenwell Boy

What is
#CookForSyria

#CookForSyria is a nation-wide fundraising initiative curated by Clerkenwell Boy and SUITCASE Magazine. The month-long campaign focused around Syrian cuisine will encourage everyone from the UK’s top chefs to people at home to cook and raise money in aid of UNICEF’s Syria Relief fund via Next Generation London (UNICEF’s youth branch). There are hopes that the initiative will then be continued globally.

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Organisers

Photography by Charlotte Hu

UNICEF’s Next Generation London

A global Unicef initiative bringing together diverse groups of young professionals who are committed to helping transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Clerkenwell Boy

Award Winning Food Instagrammer, FOOD EDITOR @London on Instagram (~2m followers), CONTRIBUTOR @SUITCASEmag, JUDGE @ The Evening Standard Restaurant Awards, Young British Foodies Awards, Taste of London Awards, WINNER Best Feed for Food Lovers, POWER 1000 ‘Most Influential People in London’.

Serena Guen of SUITCASE Magazine

Founder and CEO @SUITCASEmag, “25 under 25” most influential Londoners (Evening Standard), the “Mark Zuckerberg of publishing” (Bloomberg), “Woman of the Future” Award for Media, Founding Member UNICEF’s Next Generation London.

Gemma Bell

Founder & director at one of London’s leading restaurant PR agencies, working with top chefs, restaurateurs, bars and hotels across London and around the world.

Why
#CookForSyria

The ongoing conflict in Syria has caused the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with the lives of more than 8 million children in danger. Many have lost family, friends and schools and have been forced to flee their homes. 50% of all Syrian refugees are children and boys as young as 7 are being recruited to fight. The risk of losing a generation grows with every day that the current situation deteriorates.

How to get involved

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Come to Dinner Come to Dinner

To launch our event we will be hosting an exclusive charity banquet at The Store Kitchen at 180 Strand. A stellar list of top chefs will be cooking the feast Angela Hartnett, Fergus Henderson, José Pizarro, Nuno Mendes, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi all serving their signature dishes with a Syrian inspired twist. There will be an auction and a raffle with exciting prizes. SORRY THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT.

Host a supper club Host a supper club

Anyone can host their own #CookForSyria supper clubs and charity bakes. Special recipes from the launch night will be shared online alongside additional Syrian inspired recipes from award winning chefs, bakers and cookbook authors. Click here for recipes and here for tips on how to be the perfect host from Jackson and Levine.

Buy the Recipe Book Buy the Recipe Book

100 Recipes. Stunning photography, artwork and design – all 100% donated. All profits donated in aid of UNICEF’s humanitarian work to save children in Syria.

Available via: Amazon.co.uk, The Book Depository (free international delivery), Waterstones and other top UK retailers!

Participate in your restaurant or cafe Participate in your restaurant or cafe

Throughout November, we are inviting restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners from around the UK to take part in #CookForSyria by putting a ‘Syrian inspired twist’ on one of their favourite signature dishes (or by creating a new dish) and donating £2 from each sale of that dish.

Bake Sale Bake Sale

Organise a #CookForSyria charity bake. Get creative and team up with your friends, family and colleagues to bake some delicious cakes and to donate the proceeds via our Just Giving Page.

Share Share

Syrian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world and reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage with influences from across the Middle East and beyond. Whether you’ve cooked for Syria, eaten at one of our partner restaurants or just want to repost beautiful images of Syrian inspired dishes, we are asking you all to spread the word. Share the love @CookForSyria #CookForSyria @NextGenLondon @UNICEF_UK


Headline Chefs

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Participants

  • Amelia Freer
  • Angela Hartnett
  • Anna Jones
  • Arabica Bar and Kitchen
  • Barrafina
  • Berber & Q
  • Black Axe Mangal
  • Breddoss Tacos
  • Brunswick House
  • Cafe Murano
  • Caravan Bankside Caravan King’s Cross Caravan Exmouth Market
  • Carousel
  • Chetna Makan
  • Chick’N’Sours
  • Chiltern Firehouse
  • Crosstown Doughnuts
  • Crumble.
  • Dalia’s Kitchen
  • Danielle Copperman
  • Dina Mousawi & Itab Azzam
  • Dock Kitchen
  • Ed Smith
  • Ella Mills
  • Elly Curshen
  • Fergus Henderson
  • Foley’s
  • Frenchie
  • Georgina Hayden
  • Gizzi Erskine
  • Gourmet Goat
  • Grain Store
  • Gunpowder
  • Hemsley+Hemsley
  • Henrietta Inman
  • Honest Burgers
  • Honey & Co
  • Hoppers
  • Izy Hossack
  • Jack Monroe
  • Jackson and Levine
  • Jamie Oliver
  • Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen
  • John Gregory Smith
  • John Whaite
  • José Pizarro
  • Koya Bar
  • Kricket
  • Kylee Newton
  • Lily Vanilli
  • Lyles
  • Marksman Pub
  • Morito
  • Nuno Mendes
  • Oklava
  • Olia Hercules
  • Oliver Rowe
  • Ottolenghi
  • Paradise Garage
  • Patty and Bun
  • Petersham Nurseries
  • Pizza Pilgrims
  • Quo Vadis
  • Rosie Birkett
  • Saima Khan
  • Salon Brixton
  • Salt Yard Group
  • Sami Tamimi
  • Shawarma Bar
  • Silo Brighton
  • Sophie Michell
  • Spring
  • St John Restaurant
  • Symmetry Breakfast
  • Taberno de Mercado
  • Thane Prince
  • The Good Egg
  • The Good Life Eatery
  • The Hampstead Kitchen
  • The Langham
  • The Manor
  • The Modern Pantry
  • The Providores and Tapa Room
  • The Store Kitchen
  • Thomasina Miers
  • Thyme
  • Towpath Cafe
  • Yosma
  • Yotam Ottolenghi

"Food has the power to unite people, families, communities and this beautiful cookbook exists to make a difference, Full of colour and life, it's packed with authentic recipes donated by Syrian families, and fresh twists from contributing chefs and cooks. It's a keeper."

Jamie Oliver

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