Owner of Sydney's nel. Restaurant, Nelly Robinson, is partnering with some of the industry's most exciting young chefs to raise money for a fellow chef suffering from Lyme Disease.

On Monday 10 October, Robinson, together with Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook), Troy Crisante (Bennelong), Lauren Eldridge (Pei Modern), Kirk Haworth (ex-Marque), Jason Brown (nel.), Fabian Mucke (nel.) and Pasi Petersen, (ex-Caf Paci) will unite in nel. Restaurant’s kitchen for a good cause.

The evening will raise money for the treatment of Lyme Disease victims both in Australia and abroad. The night will include an auction, with prizes such as a two night stay at the Emirates One&Only, Wolgan Valley; Electrolux home appliances; a day’s shoot with Fairfax photographer Cole Bennetts; a personal Keith Tulloch wine tasting at the vineyard with cheese; and a complimentary four night stay at Anantara’s Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka.

The inspiration behind the event is Robinson’s best friend, Kirk Haworth – son of Nigel Haworth, co-owner and chef at the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor in the UK – who contracted the disease while in Australia. Forced to retire from cooking at 28, without treatment Haworth will most likely develop symptoms such as blindness, partial paralysis and seizures.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria known as Borrelia. The bacteria is transmitted when an individual is bitten by a tick. It can impact many bodily systems and organs, and can in some cases mimic other illnesses, such as Lupus.

The charity night will include a seven course tasting menu with matched wines for $185 per person, and each chef has been tasked with the challenge of incorporating lime into their recipe. All funds raised will be donated to Lyme Disease Australia and to Haworth’s medical fund.


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