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Fight the good fight: Chefs compete for charity

PUBLISHED: 16:20 24 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:43 25 October 2013

Eric Lepine, Tweedy the clown and Rob Rees doing their bit for charity.

Eric Lepine, Tweedy the clown and Rob Rees doing their bit for charity.

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Chef Rob Rees and French food guru Eric Lepine are going head-to-head in a culinary competition to raise funds for Acorns Hospice.

Eric Lepine and Kiean Glynn, owners of Le Beaujolais restaurant in Cirencester.Eric Lepine and Kiean Glynn, owners of Le Beaujolais restaurant in Cirencester.

The Cotswold Chef Rob Rees and French food guru Eric Lepine are staging a pre-Christmas dishes event at Cirencester’s Le Beaujolais restaurant on December 4 for charity.

Rob and Eric will each prepare their country’s version of one of the dishes within the Christmas challenge, whilst guests will sample the dishes to give their opinion on which was best. Both chefs went head-to-head last Christmas in a similar cook-off at Bishops Walk, with Eric winning by a tiny margin.

The dinner will be among the latest in a series of special events this year raising funds for Acorns Hospice, which provides support and comfort to families and their sick children at their centre in Worcester.

Le Beaujolais PR and Marketing advisor Robin Thompson said: ”Both men and those who support them deserve every success. Six months after they opened three years ago, Cirencester was hit by snow, which closed off the town and bookings were almost nil.

“The fact that since then they have been a Cirencester Business of the Year is an amazing achievement. Besides the events, the fund raising, the food is iconically French and the whole place has a fabulous atmosphere, enjoyed by diners.”

Tweedy (pictured), the Giffords Circus and Everyman Theatre panto star, will perform throughout a special dinner at Le Beaujolais on October 26, and Eric Lepine’s business partner Kiean Glynn is also hoping to secure significant funds for two children’s charities on November 21. Kiean and colleague Alex D’Ehia, supported by Mitsubishi in Cirencester, will drive to a French vineyard to secure the first bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau.

Kiean said: ”Mitsubishi are loaning us an Outlander for the journey, which is fantastic of them. We also hope we will get sufficient sponsorship to pay other costs and donate significant sums to two children’s charities.”

Oxford Wines have already signed up to help and it is hoped further money will be raised at a Beaujolais Nouveau party at Le Beaujolais during the evening of the event.

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Details and costs of each event can be obtained from Kiean and Eric by calling: 01285 644440

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