The International Restaurateurs’ Dinner 2024

A joint fundraising event in aid of:

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, World Young Chef Young Waiter, and The Wine Guild of the United Kingdom.

The third International Restaurateurs’ Dinner (IRD), will take place on Monday 29 April 2024, at Rosewood London, with a sensational menu created by some of the UK’s leading chefs – José Pizarro, Chef Founder of Pizarro, Ian Musgrave, Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz London, Hrishikesh Desai, Chef Patron of Farlam Hall, Cherish Finden, and Mark Perkins, Executive Pastry Chef at Rosewood London.

Clockwise around the table-  Mario Perera, Micheal Kwan Amy Poon, Ching He Huang MBE Nicola Gartenberg, Chef Roy Ner, Adam Handling MBE and Mark Sergant.
Simon Young and John Williams MBE                   

The International Restaurateurs’ Dinner is a prestigious fundraising event dedicated to advancing education and training within the hospitality industry, formally known as the National Restaurateurs Dinner, founded by Roy Ackerman CBE in 1988. The last NRD event took place in 2019, just before Coronavirus. This time allowed for reflection and revisions to what the IRD could offer. The IRD is built on the foundations of the last 30 years but with your help, we hope to spread the effect further than ever before and reach every aspect of the hospitality industry.

For over three years, the International Restaurateurs’ Dinner has been a beacon of excellence and generosity, raising more than £1.5 million. This year, we aim to surpass all previous achievements by raising more funds than ever before. The funds raised from this year’s International Restaurateurs’ Dinner will be directed towards a variety of education and training programmes produced by our partner organisations and put back into our beloved industry.

José Pizarro, Ian Musgrave, Hrishikesh Desai, John Williams MBE, Cherish Finden, and Mark Perkins)

The evening will feature a special menu prepared by the following celebrated chefs, including Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Academicians:

● Starter by José Pizarro, Chef Founder of Pizarro

● Fish Course by Ian Musgrave, Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz London

● Main Course by Hrishikesh Desai, Chef Patron at the Newly awarded Michelin Star Cedar Tree Restaurant at Farlam Hall

● Dessert by Cherish Finden and assisted by Mark Perkins, Executive Pastry Chef at Rosewood London

Chef Roy Ner, Adam Handling MBE and Mark Sergeant
Jason Pleskow, Paul Robinson, Andy Downton and Richard Henderson                                            

The evening will start with a Bluebell English Sparkling Wine Reception and Caviar by Kings London Caviar, which will be followed by a unique internationally inspired 4-course meal paired with matched wines organised by the Wine Guild of United Kingdom and red wine by Berkmann, which will be announced by award-winning sommelier, Romain Bourger, the esteemed Director of Wine and Beverage at The Vineyard Hotel. Guests will also enjoy a pre and after-dinner lounge with NEFT Vodka. The event will also feature entertainment by the London Performing Academy of Music and an auction to raise funds for the three beneficiaries. The IRD Auction will offer numerous exciting prizes, including a two-night stay at the Rosewood Vienna.

Secure your spot for the highly anticipated International Restaurateurs Dinner in April 2024 by purchasing your tickets through the official link:

Partners and Sponsors include: NEFT Vodka, Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Kings London Caviar and Berkmann.


Robert Walton MBE, World Young Chef Young Waiter Chairman said: “ Over the years, the International Restaurateurs Dinner has evolved into a culinary celebration unlike any other. I am immensely proud of the work we do at Young Chef Young Waiter, supporting the future stars of Britain’s kitchens and restaurants. The funds raised ensure we continue to provide a platform for these young talented individuals and to sustain the hospitality industry.”

Brian Turner CBE, Director of Royal Academy of Culinary Arts said: “A night with respected chefs and the fantastic team at the Rosewood is always a gastronomic occasion, but with five Royal Academy of Culinary Arts academician chefs on board we are in for a special treat.”

Nick Scade, MBE, Councillor of the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom, said:  “It has been my privilege to have worked on the Committee of the NRD, and now the IRD, for some 35 years since its original inception in 1989 and I have been pleased to assist in matching some wonderful wines to the menus created each year by the various teams of Chefs from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.  This has been achieved with help from some of the UK’s leading Sommeliers. In 2024 I have once again been supported in this process by Romain Bourger, Director of Wine from the Vineyard Hotel at Stockcrossand hopefully we have again found some delicious wines that will interact with the fabulous dishes being created.”

Kevin Sutherland, Bluebell estate winemaker said: “Here at Bluebell Vineyard, we enjoy supporting events and by supporting the IRD we offer a wine produced by us, the 2013 Classic Cuveé, for the reception drink. By attending events such as the IRD it gives us the opportunity to meet many people from different fields of operation.”

Laura King, Owner & UK’s leading caviar expert, Kings Fine Food said: “It is a privilege to be a part of the International Restaurateurs dinner. It is a great opportunity to see the restaurateurs together and to showcase our products. I am most looking forward to catching up with so many friends.”

About the IRD

Formerly known as the National Restaurateurs’ Dinner, an annual fundraising event founded by Roy Ackerman CBE in 1988, this new event will build on the foundations of the last 30 years. The IRD is set to become one of the hospitality sector’s leading annual fundraising events. The Restaurateurs’ Dinner has already raised over £1.5 million in recent years. These vital funds have and will be invested in the education and training initiatives being developed by the partner organisations. In 2023, the IRD raised £37,000 towards education and training initiatives.

About WorldYY

Since its establishment in 1979, the Young Chef Young Waiter competition has continued to promote hospitality as a career of choice, a profession, and a vocation. Today, with its new revitalised format Young Chef Young Waiter continues to honour the next culinary and service stars globally. World Young Chef Young Waiter, in partnership with Great Campaign UK and Northern Ireland and the Culinary Institute of America, mission to discover the best young talents in the industry. The competition is open to Young Chefs and Waiters under the age of 28 from diverse backgrounds and WYCYW ensures these young talents are equipped with relevant skills, current knowledge, and a network to help them succeed in the world of hospitality.

In 2022, the competition marked a significant milestone by expanding its reach to a global audience, with participants from seven countries striving for the title of World Young Chef Young Waiter Champion. Building on this success, the competition returned in 2023, reaffirming its commitment to supporting the global hospitality industry and providing an expansive stage for the cultivation of creativity, education, and innovation that knows no geographical bounds, the event promises to surpass all previous iterations in size, quality, and sustainability.

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21st March 2024

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