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Home » Latest News » Smiles all round as businesses serve up a night to remember

Smiles all round as businesses serve up a night to remember

Smiles all round as businesses serve up a night to remember
“ Devil’s Kitchen is a great way for the business community to get involved in raising money for local charities with the HEY Smile Foundation ”

Staff from Bridge McFarland’s Hull office showed off their culinary skills to contacts and clients when they headed to a neighbouring award-winning restaurant for a Devil’s Kitchen challenge against Hessle-based Informed Financial Planning (IFP).

The eight colleagues played their part in a memorable evening which raised more than £4,000 for the HEY Smile Foundation and they earned high praise from the experts at 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, but they were edged out by the width of a wafer thin mint!

IFP threw down the oven glove to issue the challenge after attending Bridge McFarland’s previous, successful Devil’s Kitchen as guests.

1884 Dock Street Kitchen, which has harvested local, regional and national awards since opening its doors less than five years ago, was making its debut as a host and set the bar very high.

The teams had to prepare, cook and serve a top quality meal for 80 diners who paid what they felt was an appropriate amount for the food and experience.

In the kitchen, legal and financial experts toiled over starters of Yorkshire venison and North Sea halibut followed by mains which featured North Sea cod and East Yorkshire pheasant and desserts of sticky toffee pudding and orange cheesecake.

In the restaurant, both firms were expected to display supreme service skills to match the excellence of the food. Diners voted with their donations and IFP claimed victory.

Kevin Ferriby, managing director at IFP, said: “We were delighted to take part in Devil’s Kitchen. Supporting the local community is something we take pride in, and to do something which our staff and guests can also be a part of really is incredible.

“There was some fun competition between IFP and Bridge McFarland, but ultimately our top priority was to raise as much money as possible for the HEY Smile Foundation. 1884 Dock Street Kitchen is an amazing venue and we were delighted to be able to impress our guests.”

Rob Ripley, partner at Bridge McFarland, added: “Devil’s Kitchen is a great way for the business community to get involved in raising money for local charities with the HEY Smile Foundation.

“1884 has high standards, so it was incredibly hard work but we were pleased to have a keen opponent in IFP, who after attending and supporting us at our first Devil’s Kitchen two years ago decided to challenge us to a battle as it was so much fun, for the staff and the guests.”

James Birch, general manager at 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, admitted to having been nervous about letting novices loose in a restaurant which has won local, regional and national dining awards to go with its Michelin and Good Food Guide listings, but he confirmed both teams were up to the task.

He said: “I was very nervous about what we would get but they took it very seriously, knuckled down and performed better than I imagined was possible. The 16 people who really had no experience whatsoever served our food at our level and did incredibly well. I was impressed with that and with the amount of money that they raised.”

Helen Binnie-Wise of Smile said: “Both teams worked tirelessly throughout the day to produce an outstanding three-course meal and wonderful atmosphere for their guests.”