The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards Top 100 Auction has raised over £117k for industry charity Hospitality Action.

With the awards unable to take place this year because of the coronavirus crisis, organisers launched an all-new auction in association with Hospitality Action offering a series of experiences in association with the Top 100 list past and present.

From 24 August, interested parties were invited to bid on prizes including a meal at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a stay at the Mandarin Oriental’s Royal Suite, a weekend for two in Barcelona including a meal at El Celler de Can Roca and a masterclass experience at Moor Hall.

Bidders could also win a tour of Chinatown with chef Andrew Wong, a masterclass at Core by Clare Smyth, and a foraging experience followed by dinner at the Black Swan at Oldstead’s Tommy Banks.

A number of chef’s also offered to cook in people’s homes for the auction including MasterChef star Monica Galetti, Morstan Hall chef Galton Blackiston and Rochelle Canteen’s Margot Henderson.

“The hospitality industry needs support more than ever before, so we’re thrilled we’ve been able to raise substantial funds to help,” said Estrella Damm UK country manager James Healey.

“Not only did the Estrella Damm Top 100 Auction benefit the industry, it also showcased the best of the best restaurant experiences and we can’t thank those involved enough.”

“The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards has always been about celebrating and rewarding the UK’s best restaurants and this year we were able to give back and encourage others to do so.”