Today’s Special is an initiative that harnesses the skills and generosity of the food, hospitality and catering industries to bring about positive change.


Set up by some of the hospitality industry’s own, our first project in 2020 raised £250,000 to support vulnerable people during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Last summer, prizes from the food and drink industry’s leading lights went up for grabs via Today’s Special, a huge online charity auction that was (in true 2020 fashion) streamed live on Zoom.

Together we raised more than £250,000 that went to two charities, Action Against Hunger and Hospitality Action. Helping to feed those most in need in the UK and around the world, and support hospitality’s most vulnerable people.

Who's Helping?

45 Jermyn St Acleaf Restaurant Adam Handling Adam Sellar Ainsley Harriott Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester Amninder Sandhu Andrew Clarke Angela Hartnett Anna Higham Anna Sebastian Atul Kochhar Bacardi Rum Beast Ben Chapman Ben Tish Berry's Coffee House Billecart-Salmon Bistrotheque Blacklock Bleecker Burger Blenheim Forge Bob Bob Ricard Bompas & Parr Boringdon Hall Hotel Boutinot Brindisa Calum Franklin Candice Brown Ceviche Chantelle Nicholson Chick'n'Sours Ching He Huang Claire Fyfe Claude Bosi Clos Maggiore Coco di Mama Contented Brothers Cook School D&D London Darby's Dario Cecchini Deer Park Country House Diageo Dirty Bones Dishoom Doughnut Time Drapers Arms EDITION London ETM group Endo at the Rotunda Farmer J Fat Macy's Fazenda Fergus Henderson Fergus Henderson & Trevor Gulliver Fiona Beckett Flat Iron Forest Road Brewery Fortnum & Mason Francesco Mazzei Franco Manca Freddy Bird and Andy Clarke Frederick Forster Gails Bakery Giles Coren Gleneagles Goodman Grace Dent Greenbank Grey Goose Gusbourne Estate Gymkhana Hache Burger Harwood Arms Hawksmoor Helen Goh Hepple Gin Hicce & Pip Lacey Homewood Hotel Honest Burgers Hoppers Hoxton Hotel Paris Ignite Hospitality Ikoyi JKS James Cochran James Ramsden Jason Atherton Jay Rayner Jeremy Lee Jess Shadbolt Jude Kereama at Kota Restaurant KERB Ken Hom Kerth Gumbs & Ormer Mayfair L'Enclume La Tua Pasta x The Dorchester Le Sabre Dor Liberty Wine Lily Vanilli Lisa Goodwin-Allen Luca Lyle's M.Y.O Marriott Hotel County Hall Melia Hotels Michael Caines Michel Roux Jr Mission Mars Mitch Tonks Mitchells & Butler Mr Lyan Nathan Outlaw New Zealand Golf Course Nieves Barragan Nokx Majozi Novus Tea Nuno Mendes Ole and Steen Ottolenghi Padella Palomar Paradise Soho Park Chinois Pasta Evangelists Pasta Remoli Pastaio & Stevie Pearle Peanuts PR Pho Pippa Guy Pizza Pilgrams Polka Pants Prawn on The Lawn Quality Chop House Quo Vadis Radici Ravinder Bhogal & Jikoni Raymond Blanc Richard Turner River Café Robin Gill Rockfish Rosa's Thai Rosa's Thai Rye By The Water Sabrina Ghayour Sally Abé Schofield's Bar Shaun Searly Sheraton Skyline Heathrow Shuko Oda & Koya Simon Rogan Sola Soho & Victor Garvey Sorted Club Square Root Soda St Pancras Renaissance Hotel St. John Stevie Parle Sticks N Sushi Taittinger Tazaki Foods The Chainbridge Hotel, Wales The Chilli Pickle The Seahorse The Standard Hotel Thorman Hunt Tim Anderson Tom Ceni Tom Kerridge Tom Kitchin Tom Parker Bowles Tommi Miers Tortilla Trevor Gulliver Tristan Stephenson Turner & George Vagabond Valentine Warner Valentine Warner Vinoteca W Hotel London Wahaca Your Fork

Co-hosted by Great British Menu’s Andi Oliver and Oliver Peyton with a ‘live’ auction by auctioneer Tom Best, the event offered the public the chance to bid on money-can’t-buy experiences from a host of great chefs and the nation’s favourite high-end and high-street restaurants.