The head chef from Woburn Sands pub The Black Horse won’t be found in the kitchen this weekend.
He is more than 6,000 miles away in Kenya, helping to save the frontiers of the Maasai Mara Reserve.
Sean Austin has joined several other chefs, pub managers and bosses from Peach, the company that owns the pub, to help launch a new conservancy project on the northern boundary of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
During his week-long stay 20,000 trees will be planted, but the volunteers will also take part in activities to promote sustainable farming, forestry and tourism in the area.
“I’m really happy to have been chosen for the challenge and am really up for it,” Sean said.
“I thought it sounded like an unmissable opportunity when my company first started talking about it last year, and was even more excited when I heard my name had been put forward for it.
“Kenya is a place I’ve always wanted to go to and the trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all.
“Most importantly the work we’re going to be doing there will directly benefit a massive number of people as well as the environment and the local economy, and I’m proud to be doing my bit.”
Meantime, you can help The Black Horse support The Peach Foundation to help education, sport and conservation in Africa, simply by ordering the Caesar Salad at the establishment.
For every salad ordered, the pub will donate 25pence.
You can also sponsor the tree-planting efforts by contributing via www.peachfoundation.co.uk