Neil Perry Has the Last Laugh
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Australia's best chefs compete to raise the most for charity OzHarvest in their annual CEO Cookoff.

 

This year OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn set an ambitious target of $1.5 million. But with 50 of Australia's top chefs and 150 CEO's battling it out the pressure was definitely on to smash this target. And smash it they did! The chef's and CEO's have raised a total of $1,667,409 so with more coming in.

 

In real terms this means OzHarvest has the funds to serve a staggering 3,334,818 meals to those in need.

 

A last minute $25,000 donation to Celebrity Chef and Qantas Airlines consultant Neil Perry has knocked fierce rival Matt Moran off the top spot and has Perry laughing all the way to the food bank. Notable mentions must also go to Guillaume Brahimi, Orazio D'elia of Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta and Jacqui Challinor of Nomad & Luke Mangan of Glass Brasserie & Mojo for their exceptional fundraising abilities.

 

 

Chef Neil Perry of Rockpool Group & James Symond from Aussie

 

Chef Matt Moran of Aria, Lawrence Goldstone from PwC, Gary Horwitz Lendlease, David Yates Dexus Property Group, Adam Ritchie from Caltex

 

Chef Matt Moran of Aria & Guillaume Brahimi 

 

Orazio D'Elia of Da Orazio Pizza & Porchetta

 

Jacqui Challinor of Nomad

 

Jacqui Challinor of Nomad Main North QLD Cobia with Smoked Pork Cheek, Autumn Greens and Capers 

 

Somer Sivrioglu of Effendy, Miriam Stiel from Allens

 

Miguel Maestre Paella

 

Peter Gilmore from Quay 

 

Matt Stone of Oakridge

 

Simone Logue

 

Clayton Donovan

 

Frank Camorra

 

Lyndey Milan and Hannah Barnes from Foxtel Lifestyle Channel 

 

Zac Ahrens of Ash St Cellar

 

Authur Laundy of Laundy Hotels, Lyndey Milan, Stephen Wood from the National Convention Centre, MP Craig Laundy & Hannah Barnes from Foxtel Lifestyle Channel

 

Lennox Hastie of Firedoor Main Salmon with Native Greens, Juniper and Horseradish

 

Clayton Wells of Automata, David Lovett of Ucello, Frank Camorra of Movida, Dan Hong Mr Wong, Massimo Mele, Gregory Llewellyn  Hartsyard, Monty Koludrovic of Icebergs, Tama O'Carey, Mark Best of Marque, Clint Nolan

 

Rob Cockerill of Bennelong, Matt Stone of Oakridge, Luke Mangan, Hamish Ingham of Bar H, Adam D'Sylva of Coda, Christopher The of BlackStar Pastry, Giovanni Pilu

 

Phill Woods of Rockpool, Matt Moran of Aria, Colin Fassnidge of 4 Fourteen, Lyndey Milan, Rob Cockerill of Bennelong, Matt Stone of Oakridge, Giovanni Pilu, Ronni Kahn, Clayton Wells of Automata

 

At the official after party for the event OzHarvest Founder & CEO Ronni Khan let attendees know exactly why she is involved in this initiative. "I think the beautiful thing about Ozharvest is that, that there’s an awesome energy around us but that energy is created because our people believe us. Our people understand that our purpose is to nourish this country and we do that in four ways: we rescue food, we educate, we engage and we innovate" Khan said.

 

"I am just the luckiest person alive I have purpose in my life"

 

Before closing out the official portion of the evening Khan gave a heart felt speech thanking those involved. "Thank you Chefs, thank you to all of you. I am just the luckiest person alive I have purpose in my life. I have magnificent people around me. I have a board that supports every single thing that OzHarvest does. And I am so proud to be the leader and the CEO of OzHarvest. Thank you"

 

OzHarvest is still accepting donations and nominations for 2017 at CEO Cookoff.


About Dominic Cain
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