Rockpool Foundation

Rockpool Foundation to the rescue with OzHarvest

Posted by on November 2, 2016

Rockpool Foundation and Neil Perry have furthered their commitment in the fight against food waste by donating a brand new refrigerated van and driver to OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, helping reduce the amount of good food going to landfill.

The generous donation will allow OzHarvest to rescue an additional 500 kilos of surplus food every day, which equates to around 400,000 meals a year to help feed people in need.

The OzHarvest and Rockpool Foundation van will include a daily run to the airport to collect surplus food from domestic flights at the Qantas Catering Centre, which will then be delivered directly to charity agencies in the local area.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn said every kilogram of food that can be rescued saves perfectly edible food from ending up in landfill, which not only protects the environment but helps make a positive difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

“When I called Neil Perry twelve years ago to ask him to donate food to my start up charity, he immediately said yes. I’ve called him many times since then, and he has always risen to the challenge.”

“OzHarvest is totally philanthropically funded and relies on the support of organisations like Rockpool Foundation to keep the wheels turning, in this case literally. We love that Neil and his Foundation are industry leaders in giving back so significantly to the community.”

Neil Perry is a passionate champion of the cause and Rockpool Foundation is dedicated to supporting community based charities helping to change people’s lives for the better.

“Ronni and her OzHarvest team do an outstanding job and have such a positive impact on so many peoples’ lives, and we are proud that via Rockpool Foundation, we are able to give them greater resources to deliver more food to more people in need,” said Neil.

The Rockpool Foundation vehicle joins the fleet of 37 OzHarvest vans collecting over 87 tonnes of rescued food each week from more than 2,000 businesses including supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, retailers, airports and food outlets. The quality surplus food is then delivered to more than 900 charities helping to make a positive difference to the lives of men, women and children across Australia.

Diego Muñoz of Astrid y Gastón to cook exclusively for OzHarvest

Posted by on June 22, 2015

For immediate release:

22 June 2015

Diego Muñoz Head Chef of Astrid y Gastón, Lima Peru, recently voted #14 Best Restaurant in the World* (up four places from 2014), is heading to Australia to cook at Rockpool Est 1989 with Neil Perry AM and Head Chef Phil Wood at a special one-off event. All proceeds will go to OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation.

The dinner on Sunday, 2 August 2015, supported by the Rockpool Foundation will feature a stunning six-course menu with matching wines donated by TarraWarra Estate. Muñoz and Wood will take ingredients which represent the most frequently rescued produce by OzHarvest, such as potatoes, lettuce and apples and turn them into mouth-watering dishes.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, met Diego last year at the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Innovation Forum as part of COP20, and the pair immediately struck up a friendship based on their mutual love for food and sustainability.

“As soon as I learnt about what OzHarvest does, I knew I needed to be involved,” Muñoz said. “For me, cooking does not start when you turn the fire on or you grab a knife, but rather it begins right where food is sourced and how it is utilised to its fullest potential.”

Neil Perry renowned Chef of Rockpool Group said, ‘‘We are thrilled to be working alongside Diego for this event and creating a unique menu that celebrates OzHarvest’s great work.”

“It is also the first major event for the Rockpool Foundation, the charity arm of our restaurant group, which we have just created.  We are incredibly proud of this achievement and all the money raised via the Foundation will go directly to organisations such as OzHarvest.”

Muñoz is no stranger to Australian shores, having cooked with Tony Bilson at the hatted Bilson’s during the 2000s. Muñoz also shares a connection with The Australian Embassy and its Ambassador in Lima, Nick McCaffrey, who also supported OzHarvest’s visit to Lima in 2014 and is currently focusing efforts on building gastronomy as an area where Australian and Peruvian links can be enhanced through bilateral “food diplomacy”.

Diego will also take over the kitchen for one night only at harvested, OzHarvest’s highly successful pop-up restaurant at Pyrmont on Wednesday, 29 July and cook a Peruvian-themed dinner inspired by zero waste with wines donated by Hardys Wines.

Diego is travelling to Australia to be the star recruit at this year’s Think.Eat.Save campaign in Sydney, an annual event to raise awareness on global food loss and waste reduction.

Think.Eat.Save, to be held on Monday 27th July with events across the country, will showcase some of the nation’s top chefs, politicians and celebrity identities all uniting to take a stance against food waste which is currently costing Australians up to $10 billion per year. Sydney’s Martin Place will host the largest of these events, and the public are invited to enjoy a free and delicious hot meal made from rescued produce, learn more about reducing waste and pledge their commitment to #thinkeatsave.

Ronni Kahn, said the aim of Think.Eat.Save 2015 is to bring attention to the alarming amount of food wasted in Australia and around the world, where roughly one third of food produced for human consumption (approx. 1.3 billion tonnes) is wasted or lost along the way.

 

THINK.EAT.SAVE

11.30am – 2.30pm

Monday, 27 July 2015

Taking place nationally

See https://thinkeatsave.ozharvest.org for details

Free for 10,000 attendees

 

Diego Muñoz at harvested

6.00pm

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

56 Harris Street, Pyrmont

$200 per person including Hardys Wines

To book email [email protected] or call 1800 108 006 and speak with the Events team

Event Wine Partner: Hardys Wines

 

Diego Muñoz at Rockpool Est 1989

6.00pm

Sunday, 2 August 2015

11 Bridge Street, Sydney

$400 per person including wines by TarraWarra Estate

To book call 02 9252 1888

Rockpool Event Sponsor: Rockpool Foundation

Rockpool Event Wine Partner: TarraWarra Estate

Enormous thanks goes to our incredibly generous event partners and sponsors.

Rockpool Event Sponsor: Rockpool Foundation

Rockpool Event Wine Partner:  TarraWarra Estate

Produce Sponsors:

Select Fresh Providores

Vic’s Meats

Vittoria

Atssu Divers

FishTales

Kinkawoonka Shellfish

Skull Island Ocean Caught Tiger Prawns

Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs

Glacier 51 Toothfish

Pepe Saya

Country Valley

Delicious Dairies

Essential Ingredient

 

*World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 1st June 2015

 

Follow us on Twitter @OzHarvest or Facebook or call 1800 108 006

Social media tags: #ozharvest #thinkeatsave

@UNEP #SaveFood #UNFAO #FoodWaste

@FAOKnowledge @FAOnews @save_food_news

 

For more media information, images or interviews with Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, please contact:

Georgie Hartigan at OzHarvest at [email protected] | +61 2 9516 3877 | +61 419 620 866