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8×8 Course Dinner – I Love Charity Work, No Pressure

Brian Kennett

Brian Kennett

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The Tabitha Foundation 8×8 Course Dinner for Charity

 

I think most of you know that I do a lot of charity work for Cambodia and the charity ‘The Tabitha Foundation’.

Here I am in that rather small galley kitchen. Made smaller because we're doing 8x8 courses. Phew!!!
Here I am in that rather small galley kitchen. Made smaller because we’re doing 8×8 courses. Phew!!!

Well last year part of the fund raising with my mates Reevey and Si was to auction me off. Basically auction me off as a chef for the night, to come to your house and prepare an 8 course meal. Included some bottles of wine.

So 3,000 SGD later I was indeed auctioned off and had to attend a house party for 8 guests to cook 8 courses. Man this was a tough one, as I have never really had to cook a dish that had to go out exactly the same as the other 7 plates for that course, at the same time, and for 8 times that night.

We started about 8pm and finished cooking about midnight.

Mary was there to help, but heavily preggers.

Major help from my heavily pregnant Mary, I think Baby Jude was helping too. Here she is shelling prawns for me for the <a class=

Si and Reevey were my excellent serving bitches for the night – thanks lads.

Reevey with one of the main courses, Jack Russell <a class=

We had a blast!!!

My Pho Bo's, Vietnamese soup, x8 nearly ready to go go go
My Pho Bo’s, Vietnamese soup, x8 nearly ready to go go go

Despite some flaky starts – such as me rocking up with all my cooking gear including woks etc. to walk in to a rather small galley kitchen with electric hobs. Damn that doesn’t work well with round bottomed woks now does it. PANIC!!! Luckily they had some flat bottom pans and woks so all was saved.

No pressure, outside looks like a 5* hotel...
No pressure, outside looks like a 5* hotel…
Crikey no pressure...
Crikey no pressure…
MG even artsy views of the audience participation area. Yeah alright it is just the dining table.
MG even artsy views of the audience participation area. Yeah alright it is just the dining table.

Also something else never done before by yours truly was the serve then come and explain to the consumers what the hell it is they are about to eat.

I actually took 3 fresh herb bushes, which makes all the difference in the taste. Just hope the Jack Russell doesn't cock his leg up it. "Hmmm Brian this <a href=

First couple times at that was a tad embarrassing, but after a while and a few bottles of beer, all was good.

Come on Kennett, got to get that dish out the door. Guests are waiting... Tenderising squid here for the ceviche course. Someone ate all of this, including the prawn, who hates <a href=

It was a great success, with some pretty amazing compliments coming from the recipients. We were even invited to stay with them for drinks once we had cleaned up, staying in the end to about 0230am drinking and laughing. Another good sign I would say.

I loved every minute, despite being very nervous and would do exactly the same again.

Plus to raise 3,000 for Cambodia makes you a very proud person of what you achieved!!!

Reevey and I with one of my newly acquired serving platters for the event. Reevey thought it looked like the Wimbledon trophy - hey presto! "I accept this award on behalf of the team... blah blah blah"
Reevey and I with one of my newly acquired serving platters for the event. Reevey thought it looked like the Wimbledon trophy – hey presto! “I accept this award on behalf of the team… blah blah blah”

Thanks to the Brindlecombe’s and friends for a great experience and opportunity. And also thanks for your amazing generosity to us and of course Cambodia.

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My truly wonderful ‘staff’ and clients. Thanks again to all for such a wonderful experience. Loved it! Every minute of it!

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