Top chefs to stage ‘binquet’ made from food destined for the dump

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Northampton college students getting help in the kitchen

Some of the biggest chefs in Northampton are coming together to stage a one-off ‘binquet’ at Northampton College – with diners treated to a slap-up meal made of food destined for the rubbish dump.

The dinner, which is being held on Monday, June 7, has been organised by Elsie’s Café which specialises in rescuing waste food to create delicious dishes.

Six chefs from venues including the award-winning Bread & Pullet, Magee Street Bakery and Cheyne Walk Club, My Health Hut and the Happy Little Cake Company will team up to create a five-course menu of top-class cooking, transforming ingredients which had been written off as waste into high-end restaurant quality cuisine.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal of Northampton College, said: “We are proud to be closely associated with the food and drink sector in and around Northampton. It’s an industry that is thriving, with some of the most exciting chefs in the country creating cuisine to really put the town on the culinary map.

“This sumptuous five-course banquet using ingredients rescued from Elsie’s Café will showcase what fantastic food can be made from ingredients destined for the bin.”

Former Northampton College catering student Elliott Cantrell, who runs Magee Street Bakery, said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back in the kitchens where I learnt my trade and helping to create something truly memorable from ingredients that otherwise would have consigned to the scrap heap.”

The meal will be staged at Northampton College’s Booth Lane Campus, with tickets costing £25 each available by emailing [email protected]

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