Michel is the patron of several charities which he has carefully selected over the years to reflect causes close to his heart. Arguably no one else is better placed to pull together a who’s who of Chefs when the occasion demands the “wow” factor.
As well as organising charitable occasions Michel loves to attend them too; golf days, gala dinners etc…not to mention casting a keen eye over auction prizes in case something appeals.
Michel’s fees for consultancy work and television appearances over the years have been redirected to many causes but chiefly these mentioned below.
Nicholls Foundation and Daniel Discretionary Trust
An active, imaginative and committed patron of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) and supporter of the Daniel Discretionary Trust since they were founded by friend and Roux Scholarship judge, David Nicholls following an accident in December 2003 that left David’s son, Daniel, paralysed at the age of 19.
NSIF has raised millions of pounds over the years and has almost exclusively funded the ground breaking stem cell research pioneered by Professor Geoffrey Raisman on spinal injury repair. To date the Professor and his team have achieved a world first in repairing a severed spinal cord resulting in a man walking again, regaining sensation as well as motor-neurone function.
Hospitality Action was founded in 1837 and is dedicated to supporting those who work or have worked in the hospitality industry and who find themselves in crisis, whether life altering illnesses, poverty, bereavement, domestic violence, drug or alcohol dependency.
GroceryAid offers welfare and economic support to more than 6,500 current and former food and drink industry workers. Michel hosts the annual GroceryAid President’s Dinner at The Waterside Inn to raise vital funds for the work of the charity. In the last couple of years the dinner has also raised funds for WorKingOptions, which helps state school sixth formers realise their potential.
GroceryAid Cook of the Year was launched in 2013 and Michel supports this event as a finalist judge and contributor to the winner’s prize. This competition discovers and promotes excellent cooks from within the UK food industry; one competition for professional chefs, one for enthusiastic amateurs. The finals are held at Paul Bocuse Institut, Lyon.
Recipes for Life: Inspired Cooking Beyond Cancer
Michel was approached by Dr Maurice Slevin to collaborate on a project to support families and patients touched by cancer. The book, Recipes for Life, aims to help to inspire, support and nourish cancer patients during treatment and beyond. Michel recruited contributions for the book from various friends and colleagues in the culinary world whose own lives had been touched by cancer in some way.