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    Teams from the York offices of Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP and Yorkshire Bank have gone head to head in the kitchen to help raise almost £11,000.00 for local charities.

    The Devil’s Kitchen “cook off”, run by HEY Smile Foundation, saw the two teams compete against each other in a fine dining event hosted by the new Cookery School at the Grand Hotel in York.

    80 diners, comprising clients and colleagues, watched the teams’ efforts in the open kitchen as they competed against the clock to prepare a three-course meal. Guests were asked to score the food and make charitable donations, which have been split between HEY Smile Foundation and York’s St Leonard’s Hospice.

    Yorkshire Bank won the competition, whilst two team members from Andrew Jackson Solicitors were awarded individual prizes for cooking and service.

    Adam Sinclair, business development director at Andrew Jackson Solicitors, said: – “Both teams rose to the challenge of Devil’s Kitchen and there was a good deal of friendly competitiveness in the heat of the kitchen. The event has helped not only to strengthen personal relationships but has also raised a terrific amount of money for a number of local charities. Thank you for the support of our clients and colleagues, who helped to make the evening such a success.”

    Andrew Barber, chief executive of HEY Smile Foundation, said: – “We are hugely grateful to Andrew Jackson Solicitors and Yorkshire Bank for taking part in Devil’s Kitchen and raising such a tremendous amount of money at the event.

    “We would also like to thank the Grand Hotel in York for their generous hospitality. The new Cookery School is first class and we’re really looking forward to hosting future Devil’s Kitchen events there.”

    Mick Fox, Private Development Manager at Yorkshire Bank, said: “Though the heat was certainly on in the kitchen, great fun was had by all and it was a privilege for our team to be involved in supporting the HEY Smile Foundation, which does vital work in helping  charities across the region to prosper, including St Leonard’s Hospice in York. We’d like to extend a personal thank you to everyone involved in making the event a reality, including our clients and colleagues.”

    The Devil’s Kitchen event was also supported by the following businesses: –

    Shepherd’s Purse; Wold Top Brewery; Humber Street Distillery; R&J Yorkshire’s Finest Farmers & Butchers; Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery; Annalisa McCartney Interiors; Deli Fresh; and Fowlers of York.