Have you ever heard of an extraordinary club or, as they put it on their website, "the world’s most exclusive gastronomic society" called "Club des Chefs des Chefs"?
The club consists of about 20 personal chefs of queens, kings and their non-aristocratic policital counterparts who meet once a year in different locations around the world. These regular meetings have created a networking circle of chefs who exchange everything from dietary requirements of the Heads of State to new culinary experiences. And every year, they support a different charity in their host country.
Rosaleen McBride, the Irish "Chef of the Chef" - head chef of the Irish President Michael D. Higgins - asked for a couple of Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon from us which we were more than happy to provide for the exclusive brunch at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
On 20 July 2014, this most exclusive and probably also the most expensive brunch in the world was cooked by the personal chefs of Heads of State and monarchies. This was a strictly "by invitation only" affair which at £120 per guest raised much needed money for a charity called Beyond Food Foundation.
The charity organisation works with people who have been at risk of or experienced homelessness already to motivate and inspire them to gain meaningful employment in the catering sector. They can enroll in different schemes from 3-hour, 3-week workshops to a year-long apprenticeship. This will boost the participants' skills and self-confidence, and can lead to permanent employment.
The following Monday, 21 July 2014, the chefs had been invited to Buckingham Palace where they expected to meet members of the Royal family.