CEO CookOff

Want Colin Fassnidge to Cook for You?

Posted by on January 11, 2019

Australia’s adopted Irish chef, Colin Fassnidge famous for his stints as a judge on My Kitchen Rules and nose-to-tail cooking philosophy, has long been a supporter of the OzHarvest CEO CookOff™.

Fassnidge has participated in the event since 2014 cooking for some of Australia’s most vulnerable people and seeing the magic of the CEO CookOff™ year after year. “People in this day and age should not be starving, not with the amount of food we have, and it’s a massive problem” said Fassnidge.

This year Colin is determined to help OzHarvest hit the $3 million CEO CookOff™ target to deliver a further 6 million meals to vulnerable and hungry Australians.

As a reward for the person who refers the most CEOs and business leaders to take part in the CEO CookOff™ 2019, Colin has offered to cook up a dinner for 10 people! (Terms and conditions apply. Read them here.)

How it works:

  1. Invite all the CEOs and business leaders in your network to join (make sure they tell us your name when registering)
  2. We’ll let you know after 25th March if you were successful in referring the most participants and have secured the Colin Fassnidge dinner

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OzHarvest CEO CookOff Smashes Record to Feed Four Million

Posted by on March 22, 2018

Leadership, passion and amazing teamwork helped break all records last night as top chefs and industry leaders joined forces to raise $2,021,555 at OzHarvest’s biggest ever CEO CookOffTM. Two hundred CEOs and corporate teams, cooked alongside 50 of Australia’s favourite chefs to feed 1,400 special guests from charity agencies across Sydney a five-star feast at Sydney’s largest pop-up restaurant at Royal Hall of Industries.

The competitive nature of the industry bosses saw charity fundraising taken to a new level as Merchant Group’s Managing Director, Andrew Chapman topped the bill with a whopping $302,500.

Corporate teams also battled for the top spot on the leader board, in the end PwC pipped BP Australia to the post by raising $106,040.

An emotional Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest Founder and CEO, was left speechless by the staggering amount of money raised for the cause. “I’m simply blown away by the unbelievable efforts of the CEOs and teams who threw themselves into this event with fundraising gusto! Thanks to the generosity of their supporters, OzHarvest can now deliver another four million meals to help people in need!” said Ronni.

Top fundraiser Andrew Chapman travels from Perth every year to take part in the event and knows the value of the funds raised. “This is my seventh year at the CEO CookOff. It’s a humbling and uplifting evening, where CEOs get to see the impact of their fundraising first hand. Hearing the stories and understanding the journey that some people go through makes you realise it does not take much to slip through the cracks. It’s a great reminder that those in a position to give, should,” said Andrew.

Top fundraising team PwC teamed up with Miguel Maestre to cook up a giant paella.  PwC Partner and team leader, Lawrence Goldstone said “The atmosphere last night was electric as teams and chefs worked seamlessly to prepare 1400 meals. The simple act of serving good food with respect and dignity, to people who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from, has a profound effect on everyone involved.”

Guests were treated to a surprise performance from rock legend, Jon Stevens, who performed well-known songs from his latest tour. Triple M radio hosts, Gus Worland and Ryan Girdler, MC’d the evening. The record amount will help keep the wheels of OzHarvest turning and provide four million meals to help feed people in need. Donations can still be made to OzHarvest at

CEOs go head to head in Ready Steady CookOff challenge

Posted by on February 9, 2018

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

OzHarvest Brisbane Deliver Their 7.5 Millionth Meal

Posted by on May 23, 2017

OzHarvest Brisbane are excited to announce that they have just delivered over seven and a half million meals to Australians in need.

As of the 23rd May, 2017 OzHarvest Brisbane have collected 2486 tonnes of food from donors all over Brisbane, and delivered them to over 100 charities. This equates to 7.5 million meals.

OzHarvest Queensland Manager Amy Cobb is thrilled about achieving this milestone.

“We are just so excited about reaching 7.5 million meals. Our team have been working extremely hard, especially over the last couple of weeks. We have had the CEO Cook Off, fundraising events in Cairns with 10,000 people in attendance, as well as five trucks on the road. It’s all happening right now,” she said.

The seventh millionth meal was delivered by driver Sam Wilson to A Touch of Compassion charity.

A Touch of Compassion is an organisation founded by Chris and Angela Chapman, who take the food provided by OzHarvest, and put on free community dinners every Sunday in Forest Lake.

OzHarvest relies on donations to keep their wheels moving, to support this worthy cause visit Every $1 donated allows OzHarvest to deliver the equivalent of two nutritious meals to people in need.

OzHarvest spreads the love as UKHarvest opens for business

Posted by on March 24, 2017

Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest has spread its wings overseas in a bid to tackle global food waste and eliminate hunger. UKHarvest is now open for business, with the help of a few friends; HRH the Duchess of Cornwall as Patron and Jamie Oliver and his Foundation who has partnered with UKHarvest to host the first ever UK CEO CookOff in London this week.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn joined Jamie and Her Royal Highness at the event, hosted at Old Billingsgate Market which saw the UK’s top business leaders team up with the nation’s best chefs to cook a banquet for hundreds of everyday heroes who work tirelessly to help others.

“It was an absolutely stunning event and I was thrilled to join the incredible Jamie Oliver and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to share the magic of the first CEO CookOff in London. Thanks to the extraordinary support from both individuals, UKHarvest is off to a flying start,” said Ronni.

Jamie Oliver has partnered with UKHarvest to host the event as part of his Food Revolution.

“It’s absolutely brilliant that we can get all these bigwigs together in the same room with the nation’s top chefs, all rolling up their sleeves and cooking some delicious grub for our everyday heroes – to raise money for the bigger issues around food education and waste,” said Jamie.

Famous chefs cooking alongside Jamie included UK based Australian chefs, Bill Granger and Brett Graham, Angela Hartnett, Atul Kochhar and Gennaro Contaldo. The CEO CookOff is a great example of what can be achieved when organisations, businesses, communities and individuals work together to raise money for vital food education and food waste reduction initiatives.

The event raised over £500,000 of which a percentage will help fund the newly formed UKHarvest. The Duchess of Cornwall’s patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s interest in healthy eating, well-being, sustainability and helping those in need.

The Duchess was inspired by the work of Founder Ronni Kahn, during a visit to OzHarvest in Sydney in 2015. UKHarvest is based on the original OzHarvest model and launched earlier this year, and The Duchess is delighted to offer the charity her support.

OzHarvest CEO CookOff helps to deliver 3.4 million meals to feed Aussies in need

Posted by on March 8, 2017

The combined culinary skills and fundraising efforts of Australia’s top chefs and CEOs came to fruition last night as close to $1.7 million was raised at OzHarvest’s CEO CookOff held at The Cutaway, Barangaroo. The fundraising total will allow OzHarvest to deliver 3.4 million meals to help feed vulnerable people across Australia.

Over one thousand special guests from charitable agencies supported by OzHarvest enjoyed a variety of gourmet meals prepared and served by teams of CEOs under the guidance of celebrity chefs, Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Peter Gilmore and Paul Carmichael to name a few.

The competitive nature of the CEOs saw the fundraising leader board changing right up to the last minute.  In the end, Andrew Chapman, Managing Director of Merchant Group, pipped Clive Burcham, CEO of The Conscience Organisation, to the post raising a staggering $125,714.

“The vibe of the night was unbelievable. Taking the time to sit down with the guests last night and to understand their journey was incredibly humbling and a great reminder that those in a position to give, should,” said Andrew.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn said the flagship fundraiser allows OzHarvest to rescue and redistribute more fresh food, helping to feed people in need at over 900 charities across Australia. Two million people seek food relief each year and many agencies say they could take double to meet demand.

“The face of hunger is diverse and it’s never quite who you think.  For one night, CEOs, business leaders and chefs unite to make a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate.  It was truly a night to remember, full of love, humility, dignity and respect. That is the magic of the CEO CookOff,” said Ronni.

Guests were treated to a surprise performance from Aussie music legend, Jimmy Barnes, who performed well-known songs including ‘Working Class Man’ and ‘Khe Sanh’. Popular radio hosts, Rove McManus and Sam Frost, MC’d the evening.

Donations can still be made to OzHarvest at

BP backs OzHarvest flagship fundraising event – CEO CookOff 2017

Posted by on February 10, 2017

OzHarvest is thrilled to announce BP as the new presenting partner for 2017 CEO CookOff.  Now in its sixth year, the event will be held on Monday 6 March at The Cutaway, Barangaroo, where over 100 CEOs and business leaders will join forces with Australia’s top chefs to cook and serve a feast for a thousand people in need.

Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO and Founder, said BP’s energy and financial support is crucial to help stage the annual flagship fundraising event.

“The CEO CookOff is a huge event and thanks to BP joining as presenting partner we can create a truly magical experience for all involved and focus on reaching our $2million fundraising goal!  We are delighted that BP has joined the OzHarvest family, it’s a great way to help create positive change in local communities and give back in a meaningful way,” said Ronni Kahn.

President of BP Australasia Andy Holmes and Managing Director BP Australasia Upstream Claire Fitzpatrick have both signed up as participating CEOs to put their culinary and fund raising skills to the test.

“It’s a privilege to be part of this amazing movement and I truly believe we can help OzHarvest reach their $2million target.  Energy is the heartbeat of BP and we are proud to support OzHarvest as they nourish and energise communities across Australia,” said Andy Holmes.

This sponsorship is part of a wider partnership between BP and OzHarvest, which will include fuel supply, food rescue and community and staff engagement which will be announced at BP Headquarters on March 8.

Not signed up? You can still register to join this unique event here.

For more information contact:

Fiona Nearn, Media and PR Manager, OzHarvest 02 8880 9722 or 0405 5881866, [email protected]

The OzHarvest CEO CookOff returns in 2017!

Posted by on January 18, 2017

The OzHarvest CEO CookOff will return for its 6th year on Monday 6th March with Australia’s CEOs, Managing Directors and business leaders joining forces with 40 of the country’s best chefs to feed over 1,000 Sydneysiders in need.

Some big names in the restaurant business will be returning including Matt Moran (ARIA), Neil Perry (Rockpool), Guillaume Brahimi (Bistro Guillaume) and Peter Gilmore (Quay). They’ll be joined by new faces like Morgan McGlone (Belles Hot Chicken), Federico Zanellato (LuMi Bar and Dining) and Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiobo).

Chefs and CEOs at the flagship fundraising event will create a three-course feast to feed vulnerable Aussies, raise much needed funds and highlight the issue of food insecurity, homelessness and food wastage.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn emphasises that the CEO CookOff is more than just a fundraising event. “This is a unique opportunity for business leaders to understand and change the lives of so many vulnerable Aussies, who go without every day.  By cooking and serving up a delicious meal, you experience the hope, humility and spirit of this truly life changing event, which has a profound effect on everyone who takes part.”

The 2016 event broke all records raising an incredible $1.6 million nationally, which helped provide more than three million meals to those who need it most.  The 2017 CEO CookOff aims to be the biggest yet with a fundraising target of $2 million to allow OzHarvest to provide 4 million meals around Australia.

OzHarvest is calling on value-driven business leaders who want to swap high powered meetings for a high pressure kitchen and take part in this unique event.  If you are one, or know someone who is, please register now or nominate at

Click here to take a look at the chefs taking part in the 2017 CookOff and make a donation to help OzHarvest feed those in need.

And watch all the magic of the 2016 event here.

Aussie becomes National Major Partner of OzHarvest

Posted by on May 26, 2016

Australia’s leading mortgage broker, Aussie Home Loans, has announced a new partnership with food rescue charity, OzHarvest, as a National Major Partner.

The partnership agreement includes a substantial cash donation to support the charity, as well as programs in which Aussie’s more than 1,300 mortgage brokers and team members will fundraise for the charity.

The announcement comes shortly after Aussie’s Chief Executive James Symond took part in its flagship event, the CEO Cookoff, personally raising $111,000.

Mr Symond said “I was so impressed by OzHarvest’s mission, operation and team during my involvement in the CEO Cookoff that it inspired me to look at what long-term support Aussie could provide beyond this one event.

“This isn’t just about writing a cheque; though of course OzHarvest needs money to keep the wheels turning on their yellow vans. Importantly, we will be setting up programs so that our team across the country can get involved by volunteering, fundraising and taking part in OzHarvest’s ‘Cooking for a Cause’ events.

“Our brokers and franchisees will also be leveraging the strong connections they have in their local communities and with their customers to find new ways to support OzHarvest at the grassroots level,” Mr Symond added.

Ms Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, said “We are so thrilled that one of Australia’s most dynamic organisations is formalising their support for us. Aussie is not only providing funding but is also creating opportunities for its team members across Australia to both volunteer their time and create their own fundraising programs and community connections to support us.”


Posted by on March 9, 2016

Media release 

8 March 2016

Celebrating its fifth-year milestone, the OzHarvest CEO CookOff has raised a record $1.5 million, with funds still climbing.

This year the CEO CookOff was back bigger and better, taking place at a stunning new location in Sydney, The Cutaway at Barangaroo, and launching in Brisbane for the first time ever at the Royal International Convention Centre.

Monday night (7 March) saw 152 business leaders pair up with 50 of Australia’s top chefs to cook for more than 1,100 homeless and vulnerable Australians in Sydney and 300 guests in Brisbane.

Australia’s most influential business leaders including Aussie CEO James Symond, Woolworths’ Marketing Director Andrew Hicks, Barangaroo Delivery Authority CEO Craig van der Laan, HOSTPLUS CEO David Elia, TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman, Executive Director of Macquarie Sheryl Weil, Tom Wiley CEO Wiley & Co and StarTrack CEO Bob Black swapped their boardroom politics for aprons and chopping boards to raise money for this unique event.

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley joined Chef Rob Cockerill of Bennelong in the kitchen, plating up bruschetta and preparing grilled chicken thighs with chimichurri sauce and barbecued pickles for guests.

The exceptional cooks’ line up included top 3 chef fundraisers Matt Moran, Neil Perry AM, and Guillaume Brahimi in Sydney who raised a combined $118,103 and in Brisbane, Ben O’Donoghue and Dominique Rizzo along with 8 other chefs, all teamed up with CEOs, business leaders and politicians to create a pop up restaurant with a combined 42 Chef’s Hats.

This year, the event saw a focus on supporting Indigenous communities with a donation made to Marr’ma Rom Foundation on the night to empower the next generation of young men from North East Arnhem Land. High profile Indigenous chefs, Clayton Donovan and Mark Olive created beautiful dishes using native Australian ingredients.

On stage at Barangaroo MC Larry Emdur kept guests entertained, with moving performances from the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and the talents of two special Australian solo singer/songwriters, North-East Arnhem Land’s own Yirrmal and Australian favourite Sarah Blasko. Western GuGuYelanji songman Troy Brady performed for the well-fed Brisbane crowd.

The OzHarvest CEO CookOff is the food-rescue organisation’s flagship annual event, aimed at increasing awareness of food security, homelessness and food wastage in Australia. Since its inception in 2012, the annual event has now raised more than $5.5 million dollars for charity.

OzHarvest founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said funds raised in 2016 will allow her organisation to deliver at least three 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” said Ronni Kahn.

“Last night we brought together CEOs and Senior Business Leaders from some of Australia’s leading companies and chefs from Australia’s top restaurants to break bread and share a meal with 1,400 people most vulnerable in our community. The magnificent generosity that is out there fills my heart with joy.”

James Symond, CEO of Aussie, having raised over $110,000 for the charity said, “This event was a humbling and inspiring experience for me. To be able to cook and serve meals and really connect with people doing it tough reminded me that we have a role to play as business leaders – to support those who are vulnerable. I thank my donors for getting behind me, and supporting this wonderful cause.”

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The OzHarvest CEO CookOff 2016 is proudly supported by Woolworths, Hostplus, Barangaroo, Clorox, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Wesley Mission Brisbane and a number of generous supporters: