Join Salt Yard Group's Ben Tish and #CookForSyria

By ExtremeFoodies on November 10th, 2016


Ben Tish, the chef and director of Salt Yard Group, has joined restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners across the UK participating in #CookForSyria. Throughout November, #CookForSyria participants are putting a “Syrian-inspired twist” on one of their favorite signature dishes or creating a new dish.



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Throughout November at Dehesa, Ember Yard, The Salt Yard and Opera Tavern, the chef will offer a Honey and Potato Flatbread with twice-cooked Syrian spiced lamb, buttermilk dressing and fresh herbs. £2 from each dish sold will be donated to UNICEF UK's Children of Syria Fund.



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The son of the owner of an ice cream and fish and chip shop in the seaside town of Skegness, Tish started his culinary path at Boston Catering College. As part of his studies, he spent time with a fellow townie — Jason Atherton — now the acclaimed chef of Pollen Street Social, Berners Tavern and more. Tish apprenticed at the Links Hotel in Skegness, where Atherton was just starting his career. Taken with his personality, Atherton offered Tish a position in the kitchen.

Impressed with his culinary skills, Atherton encouraged Tish to head for London, where he gained classical training in some of London and the UK’s best restaurants and hotels. Tish worked alongside Atherton and fellow Michelin star chef Stephen Terry at Maze, Coast, One Lawn Terrace and The Ritz Hotel. A brief stint in the restaurant at the Crinan Hotel in Scotland gained the attention of “Good Food Guide,” which awarded it “Best Gastro Pub in Scotland” and “Best Newcomer.”



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Tish then returned to London and joined The Salt Yard Group as Head Chef in 2006. He now oversees the group’s four award-winning restaurants: Dehesa and Ember Yard in Soho, Salt Yard in Fitzrovia and the Opera Tavern in Covent Garden.

Renowned across London for his trademark Spanish and Italian-inspired tapas, Tish is the author of two cookbooks: “Salt Yard: Food and Wine from Spain and Italy” and “Grill Smoke BBQ .”

For a taste of his award-winning cuisine, Tish will offer his #CookForSyria dish at all Salt Yard Group locations during November.


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A nationwide fundraising initiative, #CookForSyria was created by influential Instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy in collaboration with SUITCASE magazine and NEXTGen London, UNICEF UK's young professional movement.

The campaign will raise funds to help children caught in the ongoing conflict in Syria. The lives of more than 8 million children have been turned upside down by the brutal conflict. Many lost family, friends and schools and were forced to flee their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. These children face a bitter winter in refugee camps or on perilous journeys in search of safety. Without warm winter supplies, they will struggle to survive.

UNICEF is among the few humanitarian organizations working inside Syria, as well as helping Syrian child refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt and Europe. UNICEF is providing these children with food, clean water and vaccines, education and protection from violence and abuse.

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