Some of Spain's best chefs have joined forces to take part in Chefs & Kids, an initiative in aid of the children's charity Aldeas Infantiles and endorsed by the town of Marbella and the Diputación de Málaga. Martín Berasategui, Ángel León, Eneko Atxa and Paolo Casagrande (whose restaurants have three Michelin stars) will be in charge of sparking the children's passion for cooking.
Paco Pérez, Dani García, Mario Sandoval, Paco Roncero, Diego Guerrero, Francis Paniego, Jesús Sánchez, Kiko Moya, Fina Puigdevall, Erlantz Gorostiz and Óscar Velasco (two Michelin stars) will also be taking part, as will José Carlos García, Diego Gallegos, Mauricio Giovanini, Ricardo Sanz, Paco Morales, Benito Gómez, Juan José Carmona, Miguel Ángel López (with one star each) and Diego del Río.
The events are organised by the Avalon company and will start in the morning of 21 May with culinary workshops at los Monteros, Marbella. The 24 participating chefs will work with children from the Aldeas Infantiles centre in Malaga and several schools in Marbella. These kitchen greats will teach the children to recognise textures, ingredients and, what is most difficult, try to pass on their passion for cooking.
The chefs and children will also take part in a photo shoot for a calendar which will be sold to raise funds for the international Aldeas Infantiles organisation, which works to provide homes for deprived children and to help vulnerable families.
In the evening, eight of the chefs will prepare a gala dinner at the hotel with executive chef Sebastián Conejo.
The tickets for this unique evening have already gone on sale and can be purchased through the website https://chefsandkids.com/reservas/adquirir. They cost 350 euros per person. The chef of Messina, Mauricio Giovanini said, “Hopefully the tickets will all be sold and a lot of money collected to help these children.”
Diego del Río was enthusiastic about the idea of “channelling” the children towards the profession that has given him so much joy.
Deputy mayor of Marbella Felix Romero applauded the Chefs & Kids initiative saying he hoped it would “open up possibilities for minors to find a profession and help Aldeas Infantiles continue to perform the excellent work it does with young people”.