Leading chefs sign up for OzHarvests CEO CookOff

08 February, 2016 by
Danielle Bowling

Taking place on 7 March, some of the country’s best chefs are preparing to take part in the fifth annual CEO CookOff, organised by food rescue organisation, OzHarvest.

The CEO Cookoff is aimed at increasing awareness on food insecurity, homelessness and food wastage in Australia.

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The Sydney event will this year take place at The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, while the inaugural Brisbane CookOff will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre on the same day.

Fifty top chefs including Guillaume Brahimi, Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Ben O’Donoghue, Dominique Rizzo, Peter Gilmore and Dan Hong will team up with 150 business leaders to cook for more than 1,300 homeless Australians.

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Participating business leaders include Aussie’s James Symond, Woolworths’ marketing director Andrew Hicks, Barangaroo Delivery Authority CEO Craig van der Laan, TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman and Hostplus CEO David Elia.

“By taking part in the CEO CookOff, these corporate leaders and companies show that they care for the communities in which they operate. They also show a commitment to making a real difference and impact to the lives of people who are less fortunate,” said OzHarvest’s founder, Ronni Kahn.

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Businesses are able to take part in the event’s Company Challenges by hosting cooking challenges and fundraising activities within the workplace.

Community members can show their support by donating to their favourite CEO or chef. Every $1 donated means that OzHarvest can deliver the equivalent of two meals to the homeless.

In 2014, Hospitality attended the CookOff to talk to chefs about what they can do to reduce waste in the kitchen. Here's what they had to say.

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