Restaurant Pine announces charity fundraiser ''BiteBack''

Greg Stephenson

Greg Stephenson

Other 4th January 2024
Greg Stephenson

Restaurant Pine announces charity fundraiser ''BiteBack''

The Michelin starred team behind Northumberland’s Restaurant Pine are thrilled to announce a brand-new event “BiteBack” a charity fundraiser in aid of Cancer Research UK.

15 of the UK’s leading multi-award-winning Michelin starred chefs will come together to raise funds through this unique fundraising event, which will take place on 09th June 2024 at Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Newcastle.

BiteBack has been designed to take each Chef out of their regular kitchen environment and instead will see them wow paying guests with their uniquely different and individual takes on street food dishes.

Each carefully curated dish will provide guests with a distinctly different insight into each of these acclaimed chefs' different styles. With only 500 portions of each dish available on the day, diners will need to be quick to be in with a chance of securing their chosen dishes. The event is free to enter and dish tokens can be purchased on the day for just £6.

Guests can keep up to date on the event by following the announcements on Restaurant Pine’s website: and the official Instagram page @biteback_fest where the first two chefs have already been announced as Michelin starred Pine’s very own head chef Ian Waller, who chose this year’s charity, and Michelin starred chef and owner of Restaurant Upstairs, in Lichfield, Tom Shepherd, recently famed for winning the main course on Great British Menu 2023 with his take on Desperate Dan’s Cow Pie, which he then cooked at the banquet.

As well as a stellar chef line up and the usual drinks offering from Wylam Brewery there will be DJ’s and local celebrities on hand to host a special live auction, which will see some amazing foodie experiences up for grabs.

All proceeds from BiteBack will be donated to Cancer Research UK to help support over 4,000 researchers, clinicians and nurses to transform how they help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, bringing hope to millions of people, now and in the future.

Nicky McKenna, Cancer Research UK's relationship manager, for North East England & Cumbria commented: “Restaurant Pine is helping to accelerate the progress of Cancer Research UK, to make new, life-saving discoveries, through their exciting BiteBack For Cancer Research UK initiative. These discoveries will benefit our partners, children, friends and colleagues. The funds raised at Bite Back, over the coming year, will help to create a world, where everybody can live longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer. The team at Restaurant Pine, is demonstrating through its passion and commitment, a true understanding, that it is together, we are beating cancer. On behalf of Cancer Research UK, I’d like to sincerely thank everyone at Restaurant Pine for your dedicated support of our charity and our loved ones.”

Why is it so important?

Every year thousands of adults and children are diagnosed with cancer and many of us know someone who has been impacted by the illness. Which is why it’s vital we do everything we can to increase funding into combating cancer. Funding which ultimately helps charities like Cancer Research UK deliver better treatments and outcomes for people who are living with cancer. It also helps people plan ahead whilst they’re still able to make important decisions about their future care and support needs. As well as helping individuals and their families prepare through the provision of practical advice and support, especially as they face new challenges cancer inevitably brings.

Siân Byerley, co-owner of Pine commented: “We came up with the concept of BiteBack in 2023, to help raise funds for early diagnosis research. The idea of the festival is to bring a sense of togetherness to the North East and what better way to do that than with exceptional food, great entertainment, and for the purpose to fundraise for such a deserved charity. We all know someone who has been impacted by this illness, which is one of the reasons why we think it’s vital to help Cancer Research UK in their battle. Please come and join us and buy lots of tokens on the day!’’

Sian added: ‘’We’re incredibly grateful to the 15 chefs who’ve so generously volunteered their time to help beat this terrible illness. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Wylam Brewery for so generously providing the venue. We’d also like to thank the various sponsors who are providing fridges, generators, and all manner of equipment needed to ensure the event runs smoothly.”

BiteBack will take place on 09th June 2024, at Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Newcastle.

For more information visit: and the official Instagram page @biteback_fest

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