The annual Food for Thought charity dinner is back for another year and, for the first time, will host two dinners: one in Melbourne and another in Sydney.

With the support of Beer Deluxe, the dinners aim to raise awareness around anxiety and depression, trying to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. The dinners will also help raise funds for beyondblue with 100 percent of profits going to the charity.

Founder of Food for Thought and of Food + Wine pop up, Mal Meiers, has put together a group of leading young chefs to contribute to the cause, including Aaron Ward from Sixpenny, Bennelong’s Troy Crisante, Peter Gunn from IDES and Attica’s Matt Boyle.

“In our industry we do witness the effects that long hours, high pressure work environments and an often ‘just deal with it’ attitude can have, causing those suffering from anxiety and depression not to speak out. Having personally faced this, I felt a huge importance to support this cause,” he said.

Producers including Flinders Island Lamb, Cape Grim beef, Ora King Salmon together with local beer and wine producers are supporting the cause.

Tickets are $150 per person and include a seven course set menu with matching beverages.

Event details:

Sydney: 14 November 2016

Beer Deluxe, King Street Wharf

Sydney chefs:

  • Mal Meiers: founder/Food + Wine pop up/Electrolux Australian Young Chef National Finalist
  • Aaron Ward: Sixpenny/Electrolux Australian Young Chef 2016
  • Troy Crisante: Bennelong/Electrolux Australian Young Chef Runner-up 2016
  • Jake Furst: Beer DeLuxe
  • Rhys Connell: Sepia
  • Tae Kyu Lee: Ex- Quay
  • Paul Farag: Monopole

Melbourne: Monday 21 November

Beer Deluxe at Federation Square

Melbourne chefs:

  • Mal Meiers: founder/Food + Wine pop up/Electrolux Australian Young Chef National Finalist
  • Jake Furst: Beer DeLuxe
  • Peter Gunn: IDES/San Pellegrino Asia Pacific Young Chef 2015
  • Matt Boyle: Attica
  • Stevie Nairn: ESP – Estelle Scott Pickett
  • Thi Lee: Anchovy
  • Florian Ribul: HOST


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