Top London Chefs Line-up for a Grilling at The Cheese Bar and It’s All for a Good Cause

The Cheese Bar in Camden Market will be honouring the humble grilled cheese with a fitting celebration in aid of Help Refugees UK.

Founder Mathew Carver has invited five of London’s best from across the capital to turn their hand to creating their own cheesy masterpiece with proceeds from the evening (on September 14) donated to the charity.

Challenging Mathew, five chefs will be stepping up, pitting their signature styles against each other for a chance to be crowned the grilled cheese champion.

Taking their place on the menu will be Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi from Middle Eastern-inspired Berber & Q; Harneet Baweja of East London favourite Gunpowder; Tom Browne of Louisiana-inspired restaurant Decatur; Pizza Pilgrims founders James and Thom Elliot, and Tomasz Baranski, head chef of taco experts El Pastor.

Collaborators will be given free rein to put their stamp on the classic grilled cheese, with one rule and one rule only – that the cheese must be British, in keeping with The Cheese Bar’s championing of the best, and only the best, produced on British soil.

Great British Cheese Awards judge Mathew said: “I am so excited to be working with some of the city’s most talented chefs and restauranteurs who no doubt will be creating some really special combinations and all for a great cause.

“With the likes of Pizza Pilgrims, El Pastor and Berber & Q, it’s a great chance to play around with new combinations and flavours from around the world all using British cheeses in a brand new and exiting way whilst helping those in need.”

Mathew started The Cheese Bar in a 1970s ice cream van called Alfie and set out on a mission to celebrate and promote the best of British cheese by making the most irresistible grilled cheese sandwiches in London.
Fast forward three years and after a successful crowdfunding campaign (reaching his funding target of £130,000 in just five days) he opened his first permanent restaurant The Cheese Bar in the historic Grade I-listed Camden Stables market this March.

The restaurant’s menu champions the new breed of urban cheese makers, crafting produce within the M25, including La Latteria, Gringa Dairy in Peckham and Kupros, who produce 100% English sheep’s milk halloumi.
Mathew has teamed up with Help Refugees UK for the occasion to raise awareness and vital funds to aid the European refugee crisis, with proceeds from the evening donated to charity.

The set menu will be priced at £20 and will include any beer and any glass of wine.

Bookings will be available for two or more people from 6pm at