On Thursday 12th November, Hugo Warner, founder of The Fisheries will team up with Chef Andrew Clarke to host a one-off dinner in aid of Pilot Light, an initiative that aims to open up dialogue around mental health within the hospitality sector. Guests will experience Clarke’s stripped back home cooking through a five course, Autumnal family-style feast with a subtle nod to South-West France, all in the intimate and safe environment of The Green Room.
Warner and Clarke both have their own personal experiences working in the restaurant industry and suffering from mental health illness. This year has been detrimental to the hospitality industry and lockdown has had a significant effect on people's mental wellbeing. This dinner aims to bring people together around a table, to shine a light on these important issues whilst celebrating great food and hospitality.
“Coming together has never been so important,” says Hugo.
As we emerge from the lockdown, Warner has adapted the work-space to ensure the utmost safety of all the members, but this extends further than safety measures. He recognises the integral role community spaces and indeed restaurants play in reintroducing social interaction after the enormous toll of lockdown. With a background in hospitality, Warner uses the event space to organise safe community events. Flooded with natural light and decked out with hardwood floors, Clarke and Warner will work together on a 5-course sharing menu, shining a light on local suppliers and seasonal produce.
Warner comments: "People are desperate for interaction after such a long time spent at home. We have always put the fundamentals of good hospitality at the centre of The Fisheries and that is why we are delighted to host this one-off dinner with our good friend Andrew Clarke. Looking after people’s mental health is more relevant now than ever and this dinner is a way for guests to enjoy time together over a great meal and to re-socialise in a safe and comfortable way.
Clarke comments: “This dinner is all about good old fashioned hospitality. We want to get people around the table to eat, drink and talk mental health.”
Pilot Light was set up in November 2016 by chefs Andrew Clarke and Doug Sanham focused on changing the way people think and act about mental health through addressing specific contexts and environments found in professional kitchens and the broader hospitality sector.
The space has been donated for free and all other profits will contribute to Pilot Light’s work to educate and provide training to hospitality sector communities in dealing with mental health.