The Knifeman cooks up a monster!

Mick Fox & Steve Saville
Mick Fox & Steve Saville

Knife sharpener Mick Fox is on the cutting edge when it comes to charity fundraising – and his latest project is no exception, involving more than 300 of the nation’s top chefs.

Mick, better known as The Knifeman, and photographer Stephen Saville are compiling a cook book in the form of a desktop diary, with a recipe for every day of the year, each from a different chef.

“The project started in my head while I was sat sharpening in the back of my van,” says Mick. “I mentioned it to Sav – he thought it was a fantastic idea and offered to do all the photography required.

“From the outset, it was supposed to be a local venture, but after a good chat with a publisher, it became clear that we had a potential monster on our hands!”

The 762-page, hardback book – called 365 – will feature a main course dish for each day, made with appropriate seasonal ingredients.

Mick spends his time travelling round the region, honing knives in professional kitchens, large and small.

On his rounds, he encounters some of the nation’s leading chefs and most have been eager to support his project. They have also roped in their friends.

“So far, around 200 chefs have agreed to submit a recipe, which is an astonishing number considering I don’t actually know a lot of them,” he says.

“We have chefs from across the British Isles, some from one and two-Michelin starred restaurants, along with some that appear pretty regularly on TV.

“But it’s a chance for the not-so-well-known lads and lasses to have a go too.”

Mick still needs recipes and any chef wanting to submit one should email him: mick.fox@ultra-sharp.co.uk

The project will raise money for St Luke’s Hospice, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Help for Heroes (adding a national focus).

Lesley Draper