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Top chefs team up for Indian cycling challenge to raise money for Action Against Hunger

Published:  23 July, 2014

Leading chefs and members of the drinks and hospitality  industries are to cycle across 400 kilometres of Rajasthan in India to help raise money for Action Against Hunger.

They hope their efforts will help raise £100,000 towards Action Against Hunger's humanitarian programmes in countries such as Kenya, the Philippines, South Sudan, India, Haiti, Mali and Guatemala.

Those who have committed to take part include Gizzi Erskine, José Pizarro, Duck and Waffle's Dan Doherty, The Modern Pantry's Anna Hansen, Club Gascon's Pascal Aussignac and Tamarind's Alfred Prasad.

They will be joined by food writer and critic Bill Knott, the Drapers Arms' Nick Gibson and food writer and chef Anjali Pathak, amongst others. 

The cycle ride takes place in October and will see the riders travel through India's National Parks, and pass iconic sites such as the Taj Mahal.

The challenge is part of Action Against Hunger's flagship Love Food Give Food campaign, which looks to unite food lovers across the UK to take action against child hunger every autumn and raise crucial funds.

Francine Heggie, events manager of Action Against Hunger, said: "Nutrition is the foundation for every child's health and development. Without good nutrition, children can't develop, learn or thrive. We're extremely grateful to all the amazing participants, who will endure tough challenges not only on the cycle itself but throughout their months of training for the event, to help make a difference and provide families with access to vital nutrition."

José Pizarro said of the challenge: "After more than 25 years of not even sitting on a bike, here I am training and preparing to cycle over 400 km in five days!'

The team will gather over the coming weeks to take part in training rides across Richmond Park and the Surrey hills.

 You can sponsor the team at