Devil's Kitchen Rematch

By Geraldine Lawrence on Thu 17 November 2016 in Claygate News

Following the fantastic success of the third Devil’s Kitchen event in September, Sarah Kemsley and the team from Demelza Hospice Care for Children invited the organisers and chefs to an evening at their premises in Sittingbourne.

 The idea behind the invite was a cooking rematch, but this time it was the staff from Demelza who cooked.


It was an opportunity for the guests to visit the amazing facilities provided by Demelza and see the good that can be done with the money raised. Following a tour of the Hospice, drinks and canapés were served and the guests all had a chance to talk again about the Devil’s Kitchen Charity event, still blown away by what was accomplished that night and not sure how it will ever be possible to top the achievement.  The visitors then sat down to eat the fantastic food prepared by the Head Chef Nikki Taylor and the Demelza volunteers.

Ryan Campbell, CEO for Demelza, then spoke about the importance of providing their services to the community and also announced that they just heard the astonishing news that the Charity had received an “outstanding” rating from the Care Quality Commission for services to Kent and East Sussex.  This announcement was followed by a speech from Matt Freestone, who spoke about how the caring staff had supported his family through difficult times, reinforcing the importance of this exceptional Charity.

At the end of the evening, Mel and Andrew Streek (joint Managing Directors of Claygate Distribution Ltd) handed over the cheque for £101,350.00 to Ryan. He took this opportunity to thank again all the Devil’s Kitchen volunteers and donators, in particular Richard & Lesley Balfour-Lynn from Hush Heath Hospitality for donating the venue and wine at The Goudhurst Inn, Four J’s for providing the Marquee, Auctioneer Clive Emson for his assistance in making the auction a real success and Head Chef Alex Tang for his help and patience in teaching the Chefs on the night.

A great night was had by all.