The Big Chocolate Brownie Bid – using cake to change sick children’s lives

Big Chocolate Brownie Big auction for The Sick Children's Trust charity patron Paul A Young

Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes brownie bliss; be it chewy, gooey, fudgy, cakelike, a hybrid of all those attributes, or indeed something else entirely. Some home bakers can’t even get past the matter of that batter, and their rich mixtures don’t even see the inside of an oven before it meets the inside of the eager eater’s mouth.

Whichever chocolate-crammed kind you champion, there should be something to suit amongst the expert-created entries for The Big Chocolate Brownie Bid. Supporting The Sick Children’s Trust, the auction has attracted a broad band of bakers from various areas of Britain’s food scene; from chocolatier and charity Vice-President Paul a Young and GBBO hero Edd Kimber, to feted chef and ‘Godfather of Fusion’ Peter Gordon and Rococo founder and OBE Chantal Coady.

Chantal Coady OBE Rococo chocolate company founder

Chantal Coady OBE

All 21 entrants will rustle up a double dozen of  their chosen creation, with each batch delivered to the highest bidder in good time for the recipients to put on host their own Sick Children’s Trust-supporting May-time Big Chocolate Tea Party (charitable soirees anyone willing can host; where some cheeky Big Chocolate Brownie Bid-winners may quite possibly pass off their spoils off as their very own bakes).

Whether you’re after Ed Loftus’s marvellous macadamia praline brownie with choc creme brulee and salted caramel popcorn or Peter Gordon’s Original Beans Virunga 70% chocolate, macadamia, chilli and coconut brownie with matcha and white chocolate drizzle, you can keep your eyes firmly on your intended prize with the live leaderboard on the bidding site.

Paul A Young portrait by Tom Moggach chocolatier British artisan

Charity Vice-President, chocolatier Paul a Young

So where does your dough go, and why does the batter matter? For the small sum of £28, The Sick Children’s Trust manages to provide a family with one night’s ‘Home from Home’ accommodation at any one of ten specialist units countrywide; enabling them to stay both emotionally and physically close to a child undergoing critical care.

Since paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas founded the charity in 1982, The Sick Children’s Trust has grown admirably, now supporting 3,500 families annually. With your help, that number will only increase.

Patissier Will Torrent

Patissier Will Torrent

Who’s baking all the batches of brownies you’ll be bidding on?

     Adam Degg – Head Pastry Chef at Chiltern Firehouse

Andrew Scott – Executive Head Chef at Sudbury House

Chantal Coady – Founder of Rococo Chocolates

Chris Galvin – Galvin Restaurants

Ed Loftus – Executive Pastry Chef at Jamie Oliver group

Edd Kimber – 2011 Great British Bake Off Champion

Giancarlo & Katie Caldesi – Co-owners of Caffe Caldesi, La Cucina Caldesi and Campagna

Jools Oliver – Wife of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver

Nigel Boschetti – ‎Executive Chef at Grosvenor House

Nuno Mendes – Head Chef at Chiltern Firehouse

Ollie Dabbous – Head Chef at Dabbous

Paul a Young – Master Chocolatier and Co-founder at paul.a.young fine chocolates

Peter Gordon – Executive Chef & Co-Owner at The Providores

Peter Sidwell   – Chef & judge on ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery

Rosemary Shrager – TV chef and owner of Rosemary Shrager Cookery School

Sarah Barber  – Head Pastry Chef at ME London Hotel

Steve Edwards – 2013 MasterChef Professional Champion

Steve Groves – 2009 MasterChef Professional Champion and Head Chef at Roux at Parliament Square

Suzy Pelta – Winner of Lorraine’s Cake Club Competition on ITV1’s Lorraine

Tim Anderson – 2011 MasterChef Champion

Will Torrent – pastry chef and Waitrose consultant

 Image credits: Paul A Young portrait – Tom Moggach 

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