Join us for a world-class evening of gourmet street food and entertainment in support of Freedom from Torture, celebrating food and cultures from around the world.
We are delighted that The Great Street Feast is back this year, at the prestigious BAFTA Piccadilly.
In celebration of Refugee Week, we are bringing together a first class menu of Gourmet Street Food, curated by a handpicked selection of London's finest chefs.
With Special Guests Juliet Stevenson and Natasha Kaplinsky sharing food memories and stories from their careers on stage and screen.
- 7pm - 8:30pm Gourmet street food, fine wines and other treats and surprises
- 8:30pm Gastronome-inspired live auction
- 9:00pm Special Guests Natasha Kaplinsky and Juliet Stevenson in conversation
- 9:30pm Dessert By Esra Muslu of Zahter
- 10:30pm Carriages
This year's chef line up includes:
- Paul Merrett - Century Club. Paul is a British TV personality and chef, known for being a frequent guest chef on Saturday Kitchen, a resident chef on Sunday Feast, and starred in The Best along with Silvana Franco and Ben O'Donoghue. Paul owns the Victoria Pub and Dining Rooms in Sheen and has been awarded a Michelin star twice, and is the author of Using the Plot: Tales of an Allotment Chef (2008). He is currently Chef Director at The Century Club in Soho.
- Anton Manganaro - BAFTA. Anton began his culinary career at the Royal Garden Hotel with David Nichols, formerly of The Ritz and the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, and since then he has worked with many well-known chefs including five years with Paul Merrett, achieving a Michelin star at Interlude and The Greenhouse. For over sixteen years, Anton has been Head Chef at the prestigious BAFTA, creating exceptional, modern dishes for stars of stage and screen.
- Nafa - Survivor and Refugee Chef from Sri Lanka. After fleeing torture and persecution in her home-land of Sri Lanka, Nafa came to Freedom from Torture for support and counselling. After some time she joined Freedom from Torture's therapeutic baking group, which allowed her to re-discover her love of cooking and connect with other survivors. Since finishing her therapy, Nafa has volunteered her time teaching many group cooking classes over the pandemic, has gained experience working in top hotel kitchens across London, and is beginning to rebuild her life in the UK.
- Philip Juma - Juma Kitchen. Phil is the heart and soul of Juma Kitchen. He has a simple mission: to share his beloved Iraqi food with as many people as possible. Phil is a self-taught chef, an Iraqi-English-Irishman who grew up in London with a passion for cooking Iraqi cuisine. After gaining experience working in some of London's top kitchens (The Savoy, Maze, NOPI restaurant and Ishbilia), he started JUMA Kitchen, running acclaimed pop-up dinners. Since then, he’s appeared on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, appeared as a judge on Masterchef The Professionals, been awarded winner/finalist for Best Street Food by the BBC Food & Farming Awards. He’s also written columns for the London Evening Standard newspaper, been invited by the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cookery school to teach Iraqi cooking classes, has hosted over 100 sell-out suppers and catered numerous high-end events. In 2019 he opened his Iraqi street food kitchen, KUBBA at Borough Market.
- Chaya Maya - Ottolenghi. Chaya was born and raised in Mauritius. She moved to London for further education as a teenager and accidentally fell into cooking for a living when someone suggested that she do it for a living after having tasted something she made. She found work in pub kitchens and slowly made her way to the kitchens in London restaurants. Chaya now develops recipes in the Ottolenghi test kitchen for the Guardian and the Ottolenghi restaurants. Her cooking is deeply influenced by her Mauritian heritage. She is very passionate about spices, tropical flavours and eating (not cooking) Japanese food.
- Cesar Garcia - Iberica. César is the Executive Chef at Ibérica Restaurants, and has been overseeing the kitchen operations since day one, fourteen years ago. Working as Nacho Manzano’s right hand here in the UK, his role includes curating and implementing innovative dishes into the restaurants. César’s interest in gastronomy started young, growing up in Asturias, where much of the industry is centred around farming produce from the land and sea, creating the perfect playground for experimental cooking.
- Esra Muslu - Zahter. Originally from Turkey, Esra Muslu moved to Melbourne, Australia to study Culinary Arts. In 2007, she returned to Istanbul to open her first restaurant “Moreish”. The fine dining experience was a roaring success and led to Esra launching a collection of six more restaurants. After working with Nick Jones at Soho House Istanbul, Esra found herself in London working with Yotam Ottolenghi as Head Chef of Ottolenghi Spitalfields. In November 2021, Esra opened Zahter, a restaurant showcasing a modern twist on traditional Turkish food in the heart of London.
With specialist fine wines from Farr Vintners, a gastronome-inspired Live Auction, gourmet prizes to win in the grand raffle and handmade gifts from our survivor shop.
Tickets are priced at £70 and include all food, wine and entertainment.