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England: Mince Pie Project set to break previous record

Celebrity chef’s mince pie auction has already raised over £25,000, Michel Roux Jr, Raymond Blanc and Angela Harnett in top five.
Thursday 11th December 2013 – There are just 24 hours left to place a bid in the most unique charity initiative of the year. The Mince Pie Project sees 100 world-class chefs each create two boxes of signature mince pies of their own design.  One box is auctioned to the highest bidder; the second box is entered into a raffle, in which anyone can get involved with a £2 donation per ticket.
Since last Friday bids have been streaming in for the wonderful festive creations and the total raised so for is £25,112 with more money coming in every minute. The annual event has returned for its third year after raising an amazing £30,000 last Christmas and it’s hoping to mince that figure with this years campaign. It has less than a day to build up enough donations as the auction ends at noon tomorrow, exactly one week after it began. All of the proceeds from the bids will go to two fantastic charities; FoodCycle and Kids Company.
Currently at the top of the leaderboard is critically acclaimed Trinity and Bistro Union Chef Patron, Adam Byatt who’s boozy mincemeat with sweet Chelsea bun dough has so far earned a combined total of £1,344 (£130 individual bid, £1,214 raffle entries). The highest individual bid is a jaw-dropping £1,100 for a box of Prune & Armagnac mince pies made by Knightsbridge based Henry Harris who is Chef Patron at Racine. Raymond Blanc and Masterchef’s Michele Roux Jr also feature in the current top 5 (figures correct at the time of writing).
Mince Pie lovers can still place bids for a box of 35 from the likes of Tom Aikens, GBBO winner Frances Quinn, and Jason Atherton who are all in the top 20 with Lorraine Pascale, Marcus Wearing and Georgio Locatelli not far behind. The traditional Mince Pie is doing well however some of the more alternative options have also been earning the charities some much-needed cash. Neil Rankin’s bacon, bourbon and butterscotch creation is currently in 3rd place overall and the deep fried mince pie with dried sloes, sloe gin and clementine fizz from Carl Clarke, the man behind Disco Bistro is a steal with the highest bid standing at just £62!
Michel Roux Jr. says, ‘It’s exciting to be involved in The Mince Pie Project again this year. It’s a unique project involving creativity and healthy competition to raise money for a great cause during the festive season.’
Stephen Fry showed his support of the project with a tweet to his 6 million followers and the Loose Women and Wright Stuff on Channel 5 have all been discussing the unique venture. Last year, Dan Doherty took the top crown, raising a staggering £1,900 for his box of gingerbread-flavoured mince pies; he is currently 13th on this years list.
The bidding and raffle ticket buying ends at noon on 13th December (tomorrow).
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