Love, hope, generosity and trifle to be served at the eighth OzHarvest CEO CookOff

Posted by on March 19, 2019

Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, is preparing a menu with a difference for their annual fundraiser, the CEO CookOff to be held on Monday, 25 March at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries.

The unique charity event brings together over 200 of Australia’s industry leaders and corporate teams with 50 top chefs to create and serve a gourmet dinner made with love, hope, generosity and new this year, six versions of the humble trifle made by a team of world famous dessert chefs. 

More than 1,400 special guests from charity agencies across Sydney will enjoy the gastronomical delights prepared by the likes of Matt Moran, Neil Perry AM, Guillaume Brahimi (Bistro Guillaume), Jacqui Challinor (Nomad), Manu Feildel (My Kitchen Rules) and Rob Cockerill (Bennelong). His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley will join the kitchen action and guests will be entertained by a live performance from Aussie legend Daryl Braithwaite. 

This year OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn has set the stakes high for the business leaders, with a fundraising target of $3million which will provide six million meals to people in need. “Thanks to the competitive nature of CEOs, OzHarvest has the perfect platform to raise crucial funds to keep our wheels turning and I’m thrilled that over $1million has been raised already,” said Ronni. “Food is a beautiful connector and this unique event allows people from all different backgrounds to come together, break bread and enjoy a night of real humanity, experiencing the magic of what matters.” 

In addition to fuelling food rescue operations around the country, a long-standing partnership with BP ensures OzHarvest can bring this annual event to life. BP President Andy Holmes is handing over the spatula to Tanya Ghosn, General Manager Castrol ANZ, who will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen on the night. “This is our third year supporting this special event and, once again, the whole team across our BP and Castrol brands are energised to make a difference in the lives of those Australians who need it most. In 2019, as BP celebrates 100 years of operations in Australia, we are incredibly proud to continue our support of OzHarvest and their mission to Nourish our Country,” said Andy. 

Attending the event for the first time is Mum of seven, Rikki from Lomandra School in Campbelltown, where she receives OzHarvest food regularly. “I’ve never been to anything like this before. Just to eat a meal without sharing with my kids and have a night out with my husband alone is something I haven’t done in a very long time. I couldn’t get by without the food OzHarvest delivers to Lomandra, fresh fruit and veg just wouldn’t be a part of my kids diet as it’s so expensive,” said Rikki. 

Tabcorp Holdings and their CEO Adam Rytenskild are topping both fundraising leader boards with over $125,000 raised so far. Adam is closely followed by Adrian Coseneza from the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Peter Andrews from Andrews Meats and Michael Schai from Lindt and Sprungli. 

Other corporate teams battling it out for the top spots are Woolworths, Deliotte and PwC. There is still time to sign up and anyone can DONATE to the cause www.ceocookoff.com.au/donate

For media interviews or media passes to attend the event please contact: 

Fiona Nearn at OzHarvest | [email protected] | 02 9516 3877 | 0405 588 186
Hannah Evans at Liquid Ideas | [email protected] | 02 9667 4211 | 0424 083 499 

About CEO CookOff: 

  • CEO CookOff is OzHarvest’s flagship fundraiser and has raised $9million since 2012
  • The 2018 event broke all records raising a massive $2million providing four million meals to those in need
  • The event will be hosted by Channel 7’s Larry Emdur, supported by KIIS National Network’s 3PM Pick Up host Yumi Stynes, and The Edge 96.ONE breakfast team Mike E & Emma
  • 200 industry leaders and corporate teams feed over 1400 vulnerable people
  • The dessert station is a new addition to this year’s CEO CookOff and was the brilliant idea of Colin Fassnidge, who has supported the event since the beginning. Six world-class dessert chefs will be creating their own take on the home-made trifle. The dessert station is sponsored by Lindt.
  • Supporting partners: Woolworths, Amplify Kombucha, Vittoria, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Full list of chefs: 

Alessandro Pavoni Ormeggio at the Spit NSW
Andrew McConnell Cutler & Co VIC
Cameron Matthews eRemo Restaurant QLD
Clayton Donovan Jaaning Tree NSW
Clayton Wells Automata & A1 Canteen NSW
Dany Karam Black Bar and Grill NSW
Darren Robertson Three Blue Ducks NSW
Duncan Welgemoed & Imogen Czulowski AFRICOLA SOUND-SYSTEM SA
Federico Zanellato LuMi Bar and Dining NSW
Giovanni Pilu Pilu at Freshwater NSW
Graeme Hunt Chin Chin NSW
Gregory Llewellyn Wish Bone NSW
Guillaume Brahimi Bistro Guillaume NSW
Hamish Ingham Banksii NSW
Jacqui Challinor Nomad NSW
Jane Strode Merivale NSW
James Viles BIOTA NSW
Jamie Irving Dead Ringer Bar & Restaurant NSW
Josh Niland Fish Butchery NSW
Julie Goodwin Julie’s Place NSW
Kumar Mahadevan Aki’s NSW
Lennox Hastie Firedoor NSW
Manu Feildel   NSW
Massimo Mele Grain of the Silos Tasmania TAS
Matt Moran ARIA NSW
Mike McEnearney Kitchen By Mike NSW
Mitch Orr ACME NSW
Monty Koludrovic Icebergs & The Dolphin Hotel NSW
Neil Perry AM Rockpool Dining Group NSW
Nelly Robinson nel. restaurant NSW
O Tama Carey Lankan Filling Station NSW
Ross Lusted The Bridgeroom NSW
Somer Sivrioglu Efendy & Anason NSW
Thi Le Anchovy VIC
Michael Rantissi Kepos Street Kitchen and Kepos & Co NSW
Mitchell Turner Bannisters Chefs NSW
Rob Cockerill Bennelong NSW
Neil Perry AM Rockpool Dining Group NSW
Nelly Robinson nel. restaurant NSW
O Tama Carey Lankan Filling Station NSW
Stuart Toon Rocker NSW
Simmone Logue Simmone Logue Fine Food Co. NSW
Tobie Puttock   VIC
Thomas Gorringe The Gantry NSW
Paul Carmichael Momofuku Seiobo NSW
Andy Bowdy Saga NSW
Anna Polyviou Co Founder & Sweet Creator NSW
Adriano Zumbo Patissier  QLD
Jaclyn Koludrovic Icebergs Dining Room + The Dolphin Hotel NSW
Chris Thé Black Star Pastry NSW
Reynold Poernomo KOI Dessert Bar NSW

Primary schools in NSW tuck into FEAST!

Posted by on February 18, 2019

Exciting times are ahead for primary school students in NSW as OzHarvest’s new education program – FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) is now available. The curriculum aligned program is designed to inspire kids to eat healthy, waste less and be change makers in their local community. Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food!

Thanks to amazing support from organisations who share our goals for creating a better world – CommBank and Newman’s Own Foundation – the program is being rolled out across NSW. Regional NSW schools can apply to receive the full program and resources free of charge.

FEAST NSW was successfully piloted in the Bankstown-Canterbury Local Government Area, where 300 students from four schools enjoyed hands-on cooking, learnt about healthy food and stopped good food going to waste by creating delicious recipes.

The program could not be easier for schools to implement as OzHarvest is a NSW Education Standards Authority endorsed teacher trainer provider and can supply all the classroom resources required. The 10-week module uses inquiry based learning to explore the role food plays in everyday lives and the importance of protecting the planet, through sustainability, reducing food waste and nutrition education.

To sign up your school or find out more visit www.ozharvest.org/feast

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

Get started now by sharing the CEO CookOff™ on your favourite social networks:

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Woolworths raises over $1.2 million for OzHarvest Christmas Appeal

Posted by on January 10, 2019

Thanks to the support of Woolworths customers across Australia, the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has raised enough funds to deliver more than 2,400,000 meals to those that need it most.

OzHarvest founder and CEO, Ronni Khan said; “Christmas is a difficult time for those who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and because of Woolworths and the generosity of their customers we can now deliver so many nutritious meals across Australia to those in need.

Hundreds of thousands of customers supported the Appeal by purchasing 50 cent meal tokens or Woolworths ‘Santa Cookies’, where 50 cents goes directly to OzHarvest. $10 from every Woolworths Insurance policy purchased in December and 50 cents from a full day of online orders, was also donated to OzHarvest.

“This year’s Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has raised over $1.2 million and helped us deliver over 2.4 million meals, helping to change the lives of so many and allowing them to focus on living sustainable lives.

“We will be able to support the 1,300 charities that rely on OzHarvest for food each year. This number is only growing, and we simply can’t do it without the support of Woolworths.”

Claire Peters, Woolworths Managing Director, said; “The response to this year’s Christmas Appeal has been truly overwhelming.

“On behalf of Woolworths, I want to say a huge thank you to all of our customers. It is through your support and generosity that made it possible to deliver more than 2.4 million meals to those who would otherwise go without.”

Aussie Celebrates 20 Years Of Feeding Those In Need At Christmas

Posted by on December 17, 2018

OzHarvest awesome partner, Aussie Home Loans, is celebrating 20 years of feeding people in need at Christmas.

This year Aussie’s team members and mortgage brokers prepared over 200 food hampers, donated money and provided almost 400 premium leg hams to OzHarvest charities, providing over 5,500 meals. In addition, for the third year running, James Symond, Aussie’s Chief Executive Officer donated an additional 5,000 meals on behalf of Aussie’s industry and business partners.

James Symond, said “We’re really proud to be celebrating 20 years of supporting Australians through food donations, after starting with one charity in 1998 with the Exodus Foundation’s Christmas Day lunch in Sydney.

“Our whole team has embraced our Christmas initiatives and our partnership with OzHarvest, now in its third year, and participate in these activities with genuine enthusiasm”, he added.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn, said “We love the great contribution the Aussie team make to OzHarvest each year, especially at Christmas when there are so many people struggling to put food on the table. The hams are always big hit with the charities we support.”

Many of Aussie’s 220 stores across Australia are also participating in Christmas food drives for OzHarvest and making donations to their local charities.

For more information, visit aussie.com.au.

OzHarvest Newcastle Delivers Over Five Million Meals

Posted by on September 25, 2018

The fight against food waste has reached a major milestone as OzHarvest Newcastle delivered the equivalent of over five million meals to Hunter residents, using over 1.7 million kilograms of rescued food.

Chris Rowntree, OzHarvest Newcastle City Manager, explained how this staggering amount was delivered in eight years, thanks to the tremendous support from food donors and sponsors across the region.

“Food rescue operations have grown steadily since OzHarvest Newcastle commenced in 2010. Last year with the support of nib foundation, a third van was added to the fleet which helped us deliver our five millionth meals sooner than we expected,” said Mr Rowntree.

“With over 100 regular food donors we are collecting and delivering on average 6,500 kilograms of nutritious food every week. We are supported by local businesses and sponsors who are as passionate about preventing quality food going to waste and delivering it to people in need as we are,” he said.

nib foundation, Executive Officer, Amy Tribe said they were proud to have helped increase the capacity of OzHarvest in the Hunter region to meet an ever growing demand for food relief.

“Each day thousands of the Hunter region’s most vulnerable residents are able to enjoy a meal thanks to the incredible work of OzHarvest Newcastle and its team of volunteers,” Ms Tribe said.

“It’s an amazing local success story that we’ve been proud to support since its establishment in 2010. We look forward to being a part of their ongoing growth as they continue to help improve the health and wellbeing of those most at risk in our community,” she added.

Food donors include supermarkets, local clubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels, wholesalers, schools, farmers and local producers. All food donors and sponsors have embraced OzHarvest’s purpose to Nourish our Country, regularly donating nutritious food which is delivered to more than 100 charities across the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland and Port Stephens LGAs.

Australians throw out an estimated four million tonnes of food each year costing the nation $20 billion annually. OzHarvest and their 3,000 food donors nationwide are playing a vital role in addressing this issue.

Local Community Rallies For OzHarvest’s New Home

Posted by on August 22, 2018

Over seventy Coffs Harbour community members, including the Mayor and two local members, joined to celebrate the grand opening of a new Coffs warehouse at Druitt Court on Friday 10th August.

OzHarvest Coffs Harbour Chapter Coordinator, Julie Ferguson is over the moon with their new home, which has been made possible by overwhelming support from the Coffs community. “Thanks to the generosity of Anthony Jeffcott who has donated the warehouse for up to five years rent free, complete with a cool room and wet area funded by the EPA. We now have a fantastic new home, with the essentials to help grow the local chapter and rescue more food.”

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn thanked community members and supporters who have helped OzHarvest’s journey in Coffs Harbour. “Julie has done a fantastic job establishing food rescue in Coffs Harbour. In just four years she has grown the local chapter from delivering food in her own car to rallying the community to raise funds for a van and new warehouse! Along with her team of passionate volunteers, she has delivered over 600,000 meals to help feed vulnerable people in the local community.”

Julie and Ronni were joined by special guests from the community, including OzHarvest volunteers, long-time community supporters, food donors, local members Luke Hartsuyker and Andrew Fraser, and Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Denise Knight for a ribbon cutting ceremony and invitation-only event on Friday, August 10th at midday at Coffs Harbour OzHarvest 2/3 Druitt Court, Coffs Harbour, NSW.

OzHarvest Coffs Harbour started in 2014 and rescues quality food for more than 55 charity partners in the local community. The committed team of 20 volunteers has rescued more than 202 tonnes of food from over 50 caring food donors, including Woolworths, Harbourside Markets, other local food stores and farmers and growers in surrounding region. It receives wonderful support from Coff’s City Council, The Coffs Business Women’s Network, various Rotary clubs, many churches and community care-groups and small businesses that simply care about improving local food waste and hunger.

If you are interested in becoming an OzHarvest volunteer, food or financial donor, charity partner or just a ‘fan’ we would love to hear from you!

Phone: 0421 430 175
Email: [email protected]

We Are Cheeky Hungry To Help OzHarvest

Posted by on July 25, 2018

Today, OzHarvest partner, We Are Cheeky, launches its range of over 60 products in Woolworths stores across Australia. We Are Cheeky has partnered with OzHarvest to help rescue food and donate meals to Australians in need. For every product purchased, We Are Cheeky will donate proceeds to OzHarvest, with the goal of generating over 15,000 meals within the first month of the range hitting shelves.

The playful, but stylish, range of kitchen and homewares includes an affordable assortment of ceramics, bakeware, glassware, utensils, bar equipment, hydration, lunch and baby mealtime products. Far from your average range of kitchen and homewares; We Are Cheeky’s products feature playful designs and quotes, like the ‘whip it good’ whisk and the ‘I’m spicy’ mini bowl.

Today’s Australian launch follows the brand’s success in the United States, where it originated in November 2014 as ‘Cheeky’. Since its U.S. launch, Cheeky has helped generate over 15 million donated meals through its partnership with Feeding America and No Kid Hungry.

“Following the support we received from our customers in the U.S., we wanted to bring the brand back home to Australia in order to help the 3.6 million Australians who receive food relief every year whilst tapping into our distinct Aussie culture and sense of humour. This is reflected throughout the Australian range. Aussies love homewares, are passionate about giving back, and are renowned for our cheeky sense of humour. We Are Cheeky ticks all of these boxes, and we can’t wait to see how Aussies respond to the brand,” said We Are Cheeky Co-Founder and Australia CEO, Lance Kalish.

Speaking about the brand partnership, OzHarvest Founder, Ronni Kahn, said: “we are thrilled to partner with We Are Cheeky – a brand that shares our passion and drive for helping others, and like us, appreciates the value of having fun while doing it.”

Not only committed to nourishing the nation, We Are Cheeky is also passionate about helping to reduce plastic waste, with minimal packaging being used across the entire range and not one product being packaged entirely in plastic. Instead, products are mostly packaged in cardboard boxes or displayed in recyclable cardboard trays, and labelled with small paper stickers or tags.

We Are Cheeky is all about that tingling feeling you get when you share a meal with the people you love – the feelings, the stories, the fabulous food. You can join the brand in its quest to help those in need by purchasing from its cheeky range of kitchen and homewares, available exclusively from Woolworths in-store and online from today.

Bankstown-Canterbury students tuck into OzHarvest’s new FEAST program

Posted by on July 5, 2018

150 primary students at Belmore South and Lakemba Primary Schools are the first in Australia to take part in OzHarvest’s new education program FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training). The pilot program has been run by both schools in the Bankstown-Canterbury area and aims to inspire kids to eat healthy, waste less and become change-makers in their local communities.

The curriculum aligned program teaches kids about sustainability, food waste and nutrition using hands-on cooking and inquiry based learning. Students have spent this term exploring the role food plays in our everyday lives, learning about food waste and the importance of protecting the planet, having fun cooking healthy food such as fast fritters and peach parfait and creating their own recipes using food that might otherwise be wasted.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn said education is the key to influencing change. “Children are the future to saving the planet and this program is about inspiring them to make a difference. Like any good FEAST, we have designed it to be fun, engaging and filled with good food! It combines creative cooking, together with nutrition knowledge, healthy eating and reducing food waste to protect the environment and help everyone lead fully sustainable lives.”

Mayor of the City of Canterbury Bankstown, Khal Asfour said it was great to see local school taking part in the pilot program. “It’s fantastic to see Canterbury-Bankstown be the first City in Australia to benefit from the FEAST program. As a father, I know how important it is to instill healthy eating habits and the idea of wasting less, into our children at a young age.”

Belmore South Stage 3 teacher John Galea has run the pilot program in his class for the last 10 weeks. “My students have had great fun learning about food waste, creating their own recipes and getting stuck in to the hands-on cooking activities. Interaction is a great way to get results and FEAST is a great example of this.”

The new program features the creation of a School Cookbook which Belmore South students presented today to OzHarvest Founder Ronni Kahn and David Lowery, Education Officer for Environmental Sustainability at Canterbury-Bankstown Council.

The pilot program will continue with primary schools in Narwee and Beverly Hills North in Term 3, with plans for roll out across NSW in January 2019. FEAST will be available nationally from January 2020.

Schools can register their interest at https://www.ozharvest.org/feast/

Amplify Kombucha partner with OzHarvest

Posted by on June 28, 2018

We are excited to announce our Outstanding Partnership with Frucor Suntory and their latest delicious drink – Amplify Kombucha. As a leading Australasian drinks company, Frucor Suntory are hungry to make better drinks and are committed to offering more low, no and reduced sugar beverages.

The two year partnership means OzHarvest can provide an additional one million meals to help feed people in need. Frucor Suntory have also generously donated a much-needed fridge for the OzHarvest market in Kensington. CEO Alexis Daems and his team brought great enthusiasm to our CEO CookOff this year and raised a massive $43,000!

When Mr Daems was asked why Frucor Suntory made the choice to support OzHarvest, he said “at Frucor Suntory, we believe people deserve good food and good drinks and this is why our partnership with OzHarvest is going to make a big impact for those who need it most. We have fantastic, committed and engaged people that want to have an impact in our community, so with a combination of our passion and 100% pride, the opportunities to help are endless”

We look forward to working closely with Frucor Suntory and showcasing their Amplify Kombucha range.