Celebrity Chef backs World Food Night

Last updated January 17, 2013Press release

Celebrity chef Levi Roots has hailed World Food Night as a chance for the nation to put some carnival into their cooking and celebrate the positive contribution that migrant communities have made to Britain’s diverse culinary and musical tastes.

Refugee Action’s national fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 22nd February, will see hundreds of food and music lovers nationwide cooking up a recipe for change for asylum seekers and refugees who are rebuilding their lives in the UK.

The Jamaican-born musician and entrepreneur, who strummed his way to £50,000 worth of investment from the popular BBC series Dragon’s Den, said: `World food and music are two essential ingredients for a successful dinner party with friends or family. We’re calling on supporters everywhere to put some carnival into their cooking by holding a special World Food Night event to raise awareness and dough for an important cause.’

Levi, who grew up in Brixton, commented on how food and music reconnects him with his Jamaican roots. He added: ‘World Food Night is not just a great way to banish the winter blues by spicing up your evening, it’s also an ideal way to try out exciting new dishes from around the world’.

To tantalise the ears as well as the taste buds, Refugee Action – the national charity that has been standing up for refugee rights in the UK for more than 30 years – has teamed up with media partner Songlines who will provide the soundtrack to World Food Night dinner parties with some of the best music from around the world.

Refugee Action’s Chief Executive, Dave Garratt, said: `From tikka masala to tapas, stir fry noodles to sushi, the nation’s appetite for international cuisine has grown dramatically over the past few decades. Even the great British tradition of fish and chips can be traced back to Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain in the 17th century. We have a lot to thank for the communities that have sought sanctuary here in the UK and the positive contribution they have made to the diverse culinary traditions that we enjoy today. World Food Night is a great way to break down barriers and support the UK’s proud tradition of welcome for people who are seeking protection’.

Supporters can cook up a recipe for change by ordering a free fundraising pack, mouth-watering recipe suggestions and cooking tips, by visitingwww.worldfoodnight.org.uk

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For more information, images and interviews please contact Press and PR Officer, Antony Watson, on 020 7952 1530 / 07771 748159 or emailantonyw@refugee-action.org.uk.

Notes to Editors:

  • Refugee Action is a national charity working to enable refugees to build new lives in the UK. We provide practical advice and assistance for newly arrived asylum seekers and long-term commitment to their settlement through community development work. As one of the country’s leading agencies in the field, Refugee Action has 30 year’ experience in pioneering innovative work in partnership with refugees so that they can achieve their full potential. For more information, please visit: www.refugee-action.org.uk
  • Songlines covers music from the traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, featuring artists from all around the globe. It is packed full of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, travel adventures beginnerâ??s and city guides, frontline reports and concert listings. For more information, please visit:www.songlines.co.uk/worldfoodnight
  • For more information about Levi Roots, please visit:www.reggae-reggae.co.uk