Gaffer Lunch

Posted: 22nd January 2008 12:36am
Gaffer Lunch

On Sunday the 19th of February St Andrews school canteen in Oxford was transformed into a first class restaurant by Ben and his team of enthusiastic helpers. 56 people turned up for a meal chosen from the following menu.

Four big tables were filled and in less than 3 hours Saul, pretty much single handedly, produced 168 plates of food that were ably delivered to the assembled by some brilliant, if inexperienced, waiters. After the meal Ben gave a presentation to the diners about GAFFER and got some great feedback. The event raised over £900 for the GAFFER initiative and was unanimously heralded as a great success by all who were involved.

Ben would like to take this opportunity to thank the following:

Everyone Who Came - You were all fantastic and I'm so glad you enjoyed consuming the cuisine as much as we did preparing it!

Saul Hull - Chef Extraordinaire - Have you ever seen a man with a four foot high flame coming out of a pan in one hand whilst the other hand dextrously drizzles honey & mustard dressing in a perfect circle around a pile of rocket? Well I have! Cheers Saul, from writing a shopping list that would keep us busy for 4 hours in the supermarket to producing 56 covers in 3 hours, you were a star! And congratulations for not swearing at the kitchen staff! (Well, not much anyway!)

Patrick McKenna, Tom Fairfield, Gina Field, Jasmin Levy, Leon Cole and Tom Sell - With no previous kitchen experience you would have all been top of the class in waitering/washing up/not losing your rag school!

Natacha - For selling so many tickets and sorting out the wine for the guests.

Mum & Dad! - For everything...

Pink Bike Ride

Posted: 22nd January 2008 12:26am
Pink Bike Ride!

On February the 15th, a brave young explorer will be embarking on an epic mission. The likes of which have never been attempted before and, I’m guessing, will never be attempted again. The challenge is a bike ride from the historic University town of Oxford, all the way to Bristol. But this is no ordinary bike ride as it is to be attempted on no ordinary bike. I think the following photograph goes some way to explaining the enormity of the mission.

Ben will be wearing a pink, skintight, 1980’s cycling jersey emblazoned with the GAFFER logo and a helmet from a range that is specially designed for the fairer sex. In addition he will be riding a pink BMX. The journey will be long and hard, it’s not as if he can just cruise down the M4, though that would be even more hilarious. The route is over 90 miles along country roads. 90 miles is a really, really long way on a BMX that weighs as much as Johnny Vegas. Being 6’3” doesn’t exactly help either. It’s the bicycle equivalent of Frankie Dettori riding the 2.13 at Ascot on a badger. The mission could take up to three days. Fortunately a support car driven by a group of young men and women will provide food, water, back rubs and verbal abuse for the entire journey, as well as ensuring Ben doesn’t hop on the train at Chippenham.

The ride has been featured in the Oxford Mail and the Oxford Times. All the sponsorship is in aid of the GAFFER initiative. If you would like to donate to GAFFER please visit the SPONSORSHIP PAGE.

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