Your chance to dine at Chez Bruce, London, UK

Chef Bruce Poole  has generously donated to our online charity auction, offering an exclusive dinner for 2 at his restaurant Chez Bruce, London.

Chez Bruce, London, UK

Chez Bruce, London, UK

The charity auction runs from Monday 18 January, and it’s your chance to bid to dine at one of three Michelin star restaurants in Europe, while supporting our charity – the ground-breaking school for disadvantaged teenagers in Mauritius, Etoile de Mer.

Chef Bruce Poole

The eponymous chef-patron of Chez Bruce, Bruce Poole, has a very simple recipe for restaurant success.

When he first opened the restaurant in Wandsworth, London in 1995 he created a menu based on the kind of food he thought local people eating out would like. Nothing pretentious, no gimmicks, just good food.

As Chef Bruce explains ‘From the outset it was our intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment… Restaurants are not about celebrity chefs, managers, owners or design; they are about customers.’

The menu at Chez Bruce

Inside Chez Bruce

Inside Chez Bruce

It is Poole’s reading of customer tastes over the years which has cemented the restaurant’s prestigious reputation. Its exquisite menu of classic modern food based on regional French and Mediterranean cuisine has never gone out of style.

Poole describes how he and Head Chef Matt Christmas set about creating the Chez Bruce menu, ‘We only ever produce dishes which we ourselves love to eat and one can’t really say fairer than that.’

And this simple, customer-focused approach to food has garnered Chez Bruce a loyal customer base and numerous prestigious awards, including the coveted Michelin star.

All these plaudits, however, have come as something of a surprise to Poole who only began his professional cooking career in his mid-twenties. It was only after receiving a degree in history, training in hotel management and working front-of-house in several restaurants that he discovered his true passion. He found himself lured by the excitement and energy of the kitchens and began writing to several leading restaurants looking for a job.

Chez Bruce cheese board

Chez Bruce cheese board

It was Bibendum which finally responded and Poole worked his way up through the kitchen there before moving on to The Square and then Chez Max in Fulham.

When restaurateur Nigel Platts-Martin offered him a share in his own restaurant – what would become Chez Bruce – in 1995 he seized the opportunity to do things his own way.

Local to Wandsworth himself, Poole wanted to create the very best local restaurant he could while also indulging his passion for wine.

The team at Chez Bruce are self-proclaimed fanatical wine-lovers searching the globe for the very best old and new. As a result the restaurant now has an extensive wine cellar with a wine list featuring many rare wines during their perfect drinking window.

From the first it has been Poole’s passion for the food, the wine, the friendly local service which has set him and his team apart from other restaurants in the capital. A passion which he shares and passes on to his customers, a passion which keeps them coming back.

Bid in our online charity auction

Constance guests have the chance to share the passion with a dinner for two at Chez Bruce in our online charity auction.

Bid in the Constance Festival charity auction for your chance to dine at Chez Bruce.

Find out more

Visit the website to read more about Chez Bruce.

Bidding opens in the Constance Festival Charity Auction

Bid in the Constance Festival charity auction for your chance to enjoy an exclusive dinner for two at a European Michelin star restaurant, and help raise money for a ground-breaking school in Mauritius.

Chez Bruce, London UK

from Chez Bruce, London UK

All money raised through the auction will go to Etoile de Mer, located in the village of Roches Noires, Mauritius. Set up by educational visionary Christine Baudot, the school teaches teenagers vocational and life skills to help them discover opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Over the next five days – until Friday 22 March – you can bid to dine at any of the following three restaurants in the UK, France and Switzerland.

 

1. Chez Bruce, Chef Bruce Poole (London, UK)

The offer: Dinner for 2 with wines matched by sommelier, and a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen to meet Chef Bruce Poole.

At Chez Bruce, you can enjoy top-notch modern food loosely influenced by classical and regional French/Mediterranean cuisine. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making are specialities, as is the restaurant’s famous cheese board.

 

2. Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chef Serge and Marie-Aude Vieira (Chaudes-Aigues, South Central France)

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

The offer: Tasting menu for 2 plus drink

At Restaurant Serge Vieira, you can enjoy fabulous light and simple cooking, using only the finest ingredients, seasonal and locally sourced where possible.

Describing his cooking as ‘emotion culinaire’ Chef Serge runs his restaurant with his wife Marie-Aude, and the menu is the expression of their culinary creativity, reflecting their passionate respect for the food and the environment.

 

3. Beau Rivage, Chef Dominique Gauthier (Geneva, Switzerland)

The offer: Dinner for 2 at Le Chat-Botté

At Beau-Rivage’s Le Chat-Botté you can enjoy contemporary and inventive French cuisine by award winning Chef Dominique Gauthier.

At Beau Rivage

At Beau Rivage

Wine connoisseurs can indulge in some exceptional wines from the cellars of Beau Rivage, renowned as being one of the best stocked cellars in Switzerland.

Make a bid

Click on the link to place a bid in the Constance Festival charity auction.

 

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

We’re running this year’s online charity auction to mark the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. Every day on the blog we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival. Visit the website for the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013.

Bid in our online charity auction to dine at a Michelin star restaurant in Europe

Every day next week we are holding an online charity auction offering you the chance to bid for an exclusive dinner for two at a Michelin star restaurant in the UK, France and Switzerland.

Roast cod with olive oil mash and gremolata

Roast cod with olive oil mash and gremolata at Chez Bruce

All money raised will go to the ground-breaking school, Etoile de Mer, in Mauritius that helps disadvantaged teenagers get back on their feet, teaching them vocational and life skills.

How it works

From Monday 18 – Friday 22 March you can choose which of the following restaurants you would like to bid to dine at:

1. Chez Bruce, Chef Bruce Poole (London, UK)

The offer: Dinner for 2 with wines matched by sommelier, and a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen to meet Chef Bruce Poole.

At Chez Bruce, you can enjoy top-notch modern food loosely influenced by classical and regional French/Mediterranean cuisine. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making are specialities, as is the restaurant’s famous cheese board.

Visit their website to read more about Chez Bruce and Chef Bruce Poole.

 

2. Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chef Serge and Marie-Aude Vieira (Chaudes-Aigues, South Central France)

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

The offer: Tasting menu for 2 plus drink

At Restaurant Serge Vieira, you can enjoy fabulous light and simple cooking, using only the finest ingredients, seasonal and locally sourced where possible.

Describing his cooking as ‘emotion culinaire’ Chef Serge runs his restaurant with his wife Marie-Aude, and the menu is the expression of their culinary creativity, reflecting their passionate respect for the food and the environment.

Visit their website to read more about Restaurant Serge Vieira and the masterminds behind it.

 

3. Beau-Rivage, Chef Dominique Gauthier (Geneva, Switzerland)

The offer: Dinner for 2 at Le Chat-Botté

At Beau-Rivage’s Le Chat-Botté you can enjoy contemporary and inventive French cuisine by award winning Chef Dominique Gauthier.

Le Chat Botte at Beau-Rivage

Le Chat Botte at Beau-Rivage

Wine connoisseurs can indulge in some exceptional wines from the cellars of Beau-Rivage, renowned as being one of the best stocked cellars in Switzerland.

Visit their website to read more about Beau-Rivage and Chef Dominique Gauthier.

How to take part

Join us on FacebookTwitter or here on the blog on Monday 18 March, where you can start bidding. We’ll be keeping you updated on how the bidding is going, and publishing more information about each of the restaurants taking part.

The charity we’re supporting

All money raised in this auction will go directly to the Mauritian school, Etoile de Mer to help the students turn themselves around, and discover opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.

At Constance, we have supported the school for teenagers for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.

Serge Vieira visits Etoile de Mer in 2012

Serge Vieira visits Etoile de Mer in 2012

The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.

The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

We’re running this year’s online charity auction to mark the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. Every day we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival. Follow us on Twitter for photos and updates, using hashtag #CFBL13.

Read more about this year’s festival, and the big names from the culinary world who are flying into Mauritius for the event this weekend: 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

 

Bid to dine at Michelin star restaurants in our online charity auction

In celebration of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, we are holding an online charity auction, offering exclusive dinners for two at a selection of Michelin-star restaurants across Europe.

Inside Chez Bruce, London

Inside Chez Bruce, London

All proceeds from the charity auction will go to a ground breaking school for disadvantaged teenagers in Mauritius – Etoile de Mer.

The online auction will start on 18 March and run for five days to mark the Culinary Festival.

Each lucky bidder will win an exclusive dinner for two at one of a selection of Michelin-star restaurants, including London’s Chez Bruce.

How to take part

Join us on Facebook, Twitter or here on the blog to find out more about how to take part in the auction when it launches on 18 March 2013.

The charity - Etoile de Mer

At Constance, we have supported the Mauritian school for teenagers, Etoile de Mer, for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.

The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.

The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.

Find out more

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Constance news, competitions and offers, including the launch of this online charity auction.

Find out more about the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.