Fashion show and meal for Cathedral

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A city soup kitchen for the homeless is prepping up to become a gourmet establishment, for one night only.

The Archer Project at Sheffield Cathedral supports around 50 vulnerable people a day.

But on Tuesday it will hand over the kitchen where 10,500 free hot breakfasts and over 4,000 subsidised hot lunches are cooked every year so a lavish, £75-a-head fashion dinner can be staged in the cathedral knave.

Guests will be served a five-course feast prepared by catering students and lecturers from Sheffield City College.

The glamorous event will precede an atmospheric cathedral catwalk show highlighting the best of autumn style from a host of Sheffield boutiques, department stores and local designers.

The event marks Sheffield Fashion Week, a new business initiative.

College lecturers Mick Burke, Len Unwin and Neil Taylor, all Master Chefs of Great Britain, plus eight third-year students will be toiling over the food. Head of department John Janiszewski, food service lecturer Maxine Gray and 16 students will be pouring pink champagne and serving delicacies like salmon terrine and white chocolate pannacotta to 70 guests.

Says John: “This is a terrific experience for our students. The Archer Project kitchens are very professional and the cathedral will make a stunning venue – although one or two of the pews may have to disappear to make room.”

For tickets to the dinner, or the fashion show only at £10, call 0114 2753434 or go to