Massimo Bottura calls on the power of chefs to feed the planet

Posted by on April 4, 2017

Internationally acclaimed Chef, Massimo Bottura spoke passionately to 130 guests at an exclusive charity dinner hosted by OzHarvest at their Alexandria warehouse last night, calling on the power of chefs around the world to use their knowledge and sense of responsibility to help feed the planet and tackle the issue of global food waste.

“The power of change can come from the chef and their knowledge of how to recycle and recreate food, they must help spread the word so people can learn what to do and be inspired by their recipes and ideas.  This is the way we can show the world,” said Massimo.

Bottura praised the creativity of nine magnificent Australian chefs who united on the night alongside OzHarvest Executive Chef, Travis Harvey to ‘cook with a conscience’ transforming food that would otherwise have gone to waste into a degustation menu of fine dining dishes.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn described her first encounter with Massimo as a meeting of the minds, with both OzHarvest and Bottura’s Food for Soul charities sharing the same vision of a world with zero food waste and free of hunger.

“Massimo’s global leadership inspires everyone from chefs, home cooks, politicians, business leaders and people around the world.  His dedication to the cause and passion setting up the refettorios in Milan and Rio, has shown that good food should not go waste when there are so many still going hungry,” said Ronni.

The handpicked crew of chefs with a conscience included: Rob Cockerill (Bennelong), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs and The Dolphin), Josh Niland (Saint Peter), Matt Stone (Oakridge), James Viles (Biota), O Tama Carey (chef/writer), Aaron Ward (Sixpenny), Clayton Wells (Automata) and Duncan Welgemoed (Africola).

All proceeds from the dinner will support OzHarvest and Food for Soul.

View photos from the night in our Flickr photo gallery here.

2017 Good Food Guide Award Winners Joining OzHarvest For KitchenTable Dinners

Posted by on September 7, 2016

On Monday night OzHarvest attended The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards 2017 with the best and brightest in the Sydney and NSW food scene. We were over the moon to see so many of the chefs taking part in our KitchenTable Dinners presented by Vittoria this October taking home awards in recognition of their amazing work.

Ben Devlin’s Paper Daisy in Cabarita Beach in Northern NSW was awarded Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year as well as two hats!

Bennelong (Rob Cockerill), Icerbergs (Monty Koludrovic), Sixpenny (Aaron Ward) and Biota Dining (James Viles) were all awarded two hats.

ACME (Mitch Orr), Nomad (Jacqui Challinor), Firedoor (Lennox Hastie) and Otto Ristorante (Richard Ptacnik) took home one hat each.

These incredible chefs will be joined by the amazing Zac Ahrens (Ash St Cellar), Matt Stone (Oakridge) and Travis Harvey (OzHarvest) at our KitchenTable Dinners in October where they will treat 40 guests each night to a special 3 course meal paired with wines provided by Handpicked Wines, at OzHarvest’s headquarters.

The KitchenTable Dinners presented by Vittoria will take place as part of Good Food Month in support of OzHarvest. Each dinner will allow OzHarvest to provide an extra 16,000 meals to Australians in need.

Find out more and book your ticket here:

KitchenTable Dinners
  • These events are held in conjunction with Anti Poverty Week, an initiative encouraging all Australians to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas.