OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn and BP Australia’s Andy Holmes went head to head today in a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style challenge to raise awareness and funds for OzHarvest’s upcoming CEO CookOff™. Top chefs Diana Chan (2017 MasterChef winner) and Thi Le from Anchovy helped the CEOs cook up a storm at BP headquarters in Melbourne.
The event launched BP’s fundraising campaign for Andy Holmes who alongside his team, plans to raise more than $50,000, which will help provide over 100,000 meals to people in need.
Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO and Founder, said BP’s partnership with OzHarvest not only supports food rescue operations by fuelling the fleet of refrigerated vehicles all around Australia, but their financial support is crucial to help stage the annual flagship fundraising event. “The CEO CookOff is our flagship fundraiser and thanks to BP we can create a truly magical experience for over a thousand vulnerable people who are treated to a gourmet dinner created by top chefs and CEOs from across Australia. BP is leading the charge as both the presenting event partner and Andy’s fundraising goal!” said Ronni.
BP Australia President, Andy Holmes, kick-started his fundraising efforts with the ultimate pressure test in front of BP employees, as he cooked alongside MasterChef winner Diana Chan. “Whilst I’m not known for my culinary skills, with Diana by my side I’m quietly confident we can whip up a dish that will impress BP staff and raise funds for the cause,” said Andy.
BP’s partnership with OzHarvest and the CEO CookOff is proudly supported by Holmes who will represent the company at the main event in March, “The BP team is proud to support the incredible work of OzHarvest. We are also committed to expand the BP food rescue network over time and reduce food wastage at our sites. Last year’s CEO CookOff was such a great experience, I’d encourage other CEOs and business leaders to get involved.”
Fellow Melbourne business leader Bob Black, Group Chief Operations Officer of Australia Post will join Andy Holmes, Diana Chan and Thi Le at the CEO CookOff event on March 19. All funds raised by Melbourne based participants will contribute to OzHarvest food rescue in Melbourne which provides meals to 115 charity agencies across greater Melbourne.
There is still time to register to join this unique event www.ceocookoff.com