More than 150 Australian business leaders joined 50 of the nation’s best chefs in the kitchen last night to cook dinner for 1,300 homeless people in Sydney and Brisbane as part of the annual OzHarvest CEO CookOff.
The evening raised more than $1.5 million.
Aussie home loans CEO James Symond and OzHarvest CEO and founder Ronni Kahn topped the fundraising efforts with $110,000 each, followed by Australian Orthopaedic Association CEO Adiran Cosenza with $51,000 and The Conscience Organisation founder Clive Burcham with $49,000.
Aria chef and Great Australian Bakeoff host Matt Moran and Rockpool founder Neil Perry topped the culinary fundraisers with $52,000 and $51,000 respectively, followed by Guillaume Brahimi with $14,000.
Ronni Kahn said the money raised last night will allow her organisation to deliver at least 3 million additional meals to those in need and expand its nutrition, education and hospitality training program.
“Food is all about caring, sharing, dignity and respect. It’s an equaliser and a connector and that’s what this event is about – giving and love,” she said.
There’s still time to donate to OzHarvest, and support a particular chef or CEO. Visit the OzHarvest CEO Cookoff site here.
Here are some pictures from last night’s event.