Top Chefs' Kilimanjaro Charity Climb Gets Major Boost From Chemex

Chemex Director Sean Derrig with Ashley Palmer-Watts Head Chef at Dinner A team of top chefs, who are hoping to raise £50,000 to help combat hunger in Africa by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, have landed a major sponsorship boost from hygiene supplies specialist Chemex.

Renowned UK Chefs Ashley Palmer-Watts, John Freeman, Paul Foster and top London Maitre D' Paulo de Tarso will swap the refined surroundings of their elegant dining rooms for the demanding mountain trails leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Their mission is to raise £50,000 for Farm Africa - a charity dedicated to helping farmers in Africa unleash their potential to provide food for their communities.

Led by Ashley Palmer-Watts - Executive Head Chef of the Fat Duck Group and Head Chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - the team will tackle the gruelling six day climb up the 5,895m mountain - the tallest free standing mountain in the world.

Ashley will be accompanied by John Freeman the Michelin two star Head Chef at Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, Paul Foster Head Chef at Tuddenham Mill, Newmarket and Paulo de Tarso, Senior Maitre D' at Bar Boulud in London.

Sean Derrig, Director of Chemex - one of Europe's leading providers of cleaning and hygiene products - said: "Having worked with Ashley and the Fat Duck Group since March 2009 we are delighted to support the chefs’ Kilimanjaro Challenge and to be working with this remarkable charity.

"We hope this campaign will add further momentum to the significant long term impact the food industry, with Farm Africa, is having on devising sustainable solutions to hunger in Africa.”

Ashley Palmer-Watts said: "It is a tremendous boost for all of us that Chemex have come on board and their support is greatly appreciated.

"As chefs, our daily lives revolve round serving great food in luxurious surroundings. But we are all only too aware that beyond our restaurants’ walls there are close to a billion people going hungry every day. Without food, these people have no hope for making a better future for themselves.

“We all have to do our bit to help tackle hunger and I am confident that the UK food and hospitality world will support our climb and the wonderful work Farm Africa is doing to tackle one of the greatest problems facing the world today.”