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.

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