Chemex-sponsored celebrity climbers reach the top

A team of four of the UK’s top chefs are celebrating after reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising £50,000 for the charity, Farm Africa, in the process, thanks in no small part to the sponsorship of hygiene franchise, Chemex.

The team, led by the Executive Head Chef of the Fat Duck Group, Ashley Palmer-Watts, reached the summit of the world’s highest freestanding mountain at 5.55am BST on August 28.

The team was made up of Mr Palmer-Watts, John Freeman of Michelin-starred restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, Paul Foster of Newmarket’s highly regarded Tuddenham Mill and Paulo de Tarso, who is Senior Maître D’ at Knightsbridge’s Bar Boulud in London.

Chemex Director, Sean Derrig said: “This has been a fantastic achievement for the team and I am delighted that Chemex has been able to play a part in their success.”

Farm Africa’s Chief Executive, Nigel Harris, said: “On behalf of everyone at Farm Africa, I’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Ashley and his team for all their commitment and hard work in getting ready for this challenge.”