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London chef to spin money for 26/11 heroes

It’s payback time for Indian-origin Vivek Singh,the executive chef of Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant — the famous curry house of England.

Written by Alka Pande | Lucknow | Published: February 18, 2009 12:46 am

It’s payback time for Indian-origin Vivek Singh,the executive chef of Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant — the famous curry house of England.

Singh will be preparing an exclusive and lavish five-course dinner to be served with finest of wines at the restaurant of Capital Hotel of Knightsbridge (London) on March 5. The dinner,costing £500 per person,is open to only 40 guests and is expected to raise £20,000 in one night. The money will go to the families of the bravehearts of Oberoi hotel in Mumbai,who died saving their guests’ lives during the 26/11 terror strikes. “I worked for a long time with the Oberoi Hotels before moving to London. I still have good contacts with the hotel and many of its team members,” Singh said,adding “the thought of raising money for the Oberoi Care fund is very close to my heart”. Oberoi Care Fund was set up by Oberoi group of hotels to extend financial assistance to the families of the victims.

Ten members of the Oberoi group lost their lives during the attacks. The security agencies and staff were able to evacuate 450 guests and 700 members of the staff. “Had it not been for their immense courage and presence of mind,the casualties could have been much higher,” said Ketaki Narain,director (corporate communication),the Oberoi group.

Besides Singh,his English contemporary Eric Chavot,the executive chef of Capital Hotel,is also involved in the charity dinner to be hosted at Capital hotel restaurant.

The money raised by the dinner will be collected by UK branch of GiveIndia organisation,which is a donation platform set up by an IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus.

GiveIndia will then hand over the collection to Bombay Community Public Trust,which is a Mumbai-based community foundation and which will distribute the funds to the families affected.

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