Ronni Kahn

Food Fighter Film Featuring Ronni in cinemas from June 7

Posted by on May 24, 2018

FOOD FIGHTER, the inspirational story of one Australian woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste, will be released in Event and Village Cinemas from June 7.

Filmed over two years and across four continents, FOOD FIGHTER follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut in London, and holding the government to account in Australia.

To celebrate the cinema release Ronni Kahn and Food Fighter director Dan Goldberg will attend a series of special event Q&A screenings between June 7 – June 17. Ticketing information for these Q&As can be found below.

National Tour with Ronni Kahn and Dan Goldberg
  • Thursday 7 June 6pm
Village Rivoli (Melbourne) Buy tickets
  • Friday 8 June, 6pm
Village Bendigo* Buy tickets
  • Saturday 9 June, 3pm
Village Geelong* Buy tickets
  • Sunday 10 June, 6:30pm
Event Innaloo (Perth) Buy tickets
  • Monday 11 June, 6:30pm
Event Marion (Adelaide) Buy tickets
  • Tuesday 12 June, 6pm
Village Cinemas Albury* Buy tickets
  • Wednesday 13 June, 6:30pm
Capital Cinemas Manuka (Canberra) Buy tickets
  • Thursday 14 June, 6:30pm
Event Pacific Fair (Gold Coast) Buy tickets
  • Friday 15 June, 6:30pm
BCC Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) Buy tickets
  • Saturday 16 June, 6:30pm
Event Indooroopilly (Brisbane) Buy tickets
  • Sunday 17 June, 6:30pm
Event Cairns City (Cairns) Buy tickets

*Q&A with Dan Goldberg only

Between June 16 – 20 Food Fighter will also have a limited release at the following cinemas:

Event Bondi Junction
Event Macquarie
Event Castle Hill
Event Tuggerah
Event Townsville
Event Innaloo (Perth)
Event Marion (Adelaide)
Event Pacific Fair (Gold Coast)
Event Indooroopilly (Brisbane)
Event Cairns City (Cairns)
GU Shellharbour
GU Cronulla
GU Newcastle
BCC Maroochydore (Sunshine Coat)
Capital Cinemas Manuka (Canberra)
BCC Darwin City
BCC Mackay City
BCC Toowoomba Strand
BCC Coffs Harbour
BCC Lismore

Click here to buy tickets at Event, BCC or Greater Union Cinemas

Village Albury
Village Rivoli
Village Bendigo.

Click here to buy tickets at Village Cinemas

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 www.ceocookoff.com.au.

Win tickets to see the new ‘Food Fighter’ documentary starring Ronni Kahn

Posted by on February 16, 2018

We’re overjoyed to announce the Australian festival premiere of Food Fighter, a powerful new independent documentary about OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn’s crusade against food waste.

Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins, and holds government to account.

To celebrate, we’ve got two double passes to give away to the encore screening at Cinema Nova, in Melbourne on Sunday, 4 March at 4:00pm!

For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘win’ page and enter the code MFOODENCOZ

www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/win/

 

Find out more about the film and purchase tickets to the festival premiere screening – including a Q&A session with Ronni and Food Fighter filmmaker Dan Goldberg – on Thursday 22 February here: www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/event/food-fighter/

 

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 www.ceocookoff.com

Liverpool Street Uni Host OzHarvest Food Truck Debut

Posted by on May 29, 2017

On a mission to educate and nourish our country, OzHarvest celebrated the launch of The OzHarvest Food Truck, with the help of Liverpool Street Uni and The Noffs Foundation this week. Making its debut at a special evening of dancing, music, nutrition education, the food truck will be delivering delicious meals and educational programs all around Sydney.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said The OzHarvest Food Truck is the latest innovation in the fight against food waste and is the perfect vehicle to deliver great food and nutrition and food waste education to local communities.

“I’m so excited to see the OzHarvest Food Truck making its debut with our friends at Liverpool Street Uni and the wider community.  The Truck will be serving beautiful nutritious food created by the talented OzHarvest chefs, and running nutrition education workshops to help educate people about food waste and how to live a healthy life,” said Ronni.

Program Coordinator at Liverpool Street University, Roueida Maskaleh said the students all love the OzHarvest message and loved providing a fantastic evening of entertainment including DJs, singing from Angel Tairua, Amos Setu and Kult Shotta and some amazing dance crews to launch the food truck.

“We have worked with OzHarvest for a number of years and have always believed in their vision. We are beyond excited for the launch of the Food Truck, it’s a great initiative and we’re excited to have the youth and community of The Street University be the first to experience it.”

The OzHarvest Food Truck will be available to deliver educational programs to help people live healthy, nutritious and sustainable lives, whilst also raising awareness of the local and global issue of food waste.  It can also be booked to cater private, corporate and community events.

All funds raised through booking the Food Truck will allow OzHarvest to continue nourishing, educating and feeding Australians nationally.

For more information or to book the Food Truck go to ozharvest.org/foodtruck or call 1800 108 006

OzHarvest opens Australia’s first rescued food supermarket – OzHarvest Market

Posted by on April 28, 2017

OzHarvest has opened Australia’s first ever ‘rescued’ food supermarket – The OzHarvest Market – in Kensington, Sydney. Positioned on the ground floor of the TOGA Addison Project, the market aims to make rescued food and other goods available for everyone, especially those in need, by operating on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ model.

With increasing amounts of food being rescued by OzHarvest daily, CEO and Founder Ronni Kahn believes the supermarket provides a new way to connect surplus food that would otherwise go to landfill, with those who might not be reached through our existing service.

“The OzHarvest Market is our latest innovation to tackle food waste and eliminate hunger. It supports OzHarvest’s purpose to nourish our country, by making sure good food does not go to waste and is available to everyone.”

“If times are tough and you’re in need of food or other goods, you can take what you need, if you can give something, then please do, it could even be your time or skills.” said Ronni.

The ground-breaking project is being tested by OzHarvest in Australia, which has been made possible thanks to the donated retail space from TOGA whilst awaiting council approval on proposed developments. The transformed Addison Hotel on Anzac Parade now offers pop-up accommodation for vulnerable youth.

“There are lots of opportunities for people to get involved and give back to the local community, from volunteer hours in the market, stacking shelves and cleaning. We would love to see more OzHarvest Markets pop up as those in the industry are inspired by TOGA’s initiative” said Ronni.

The OzHarvest Market is powered by volunteers and will be open weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for as long as the site is available. It can be found at 147 Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW 2033. Help us be kind to the environment by bringing your own shopping bag.

For more information and to get involved go to ozharvest.org/market

For photos click here.

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.

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.

BP fuels food rescue with 5 year OzHarvest partnership

Posted by on March 8, 2017

BP, Australia’s leading fuel retailer operation, and OzHarvest, Australia’s first perishable food-rescue organisation, have today officially launched a unique five-year partnership that will reduce food waste and help deliver more meals to people in need across Australia.

BP joins OzHarvest as a major supporter, committing up to $1 million annually to support OzHarvest food rescue operations across Australia.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn said the BP partnership is amongst one the most valuable commercial investments since the for-impact organisation started in 2004.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with BP. This partnership will keep our wheels turning, literally, with an annual donation of 400,000 litres of BP Ultimate fuel for our fleet of yellow vans and support for our education programs, NEST and Nourish.”

“This unique and highly valuable partnership demonstrates BP’s long-term support for OzHarvest and heartfelt commitment to nourishing Australia’s most vulnerable people,” said Ronni.

The five-year partnership aims to address the devastating cycle of intergenerational poverty, tackle food waste and have a positive impact on the environment.

The partnership complements BP’s 98 year history and investment in Australia, and its promise to do more for retail customers and communities, to reduce food waste at commercial sites and contribute to improving sustainability.

“BP is very proud to be partnering with OzHarvest and hope this provides support and momentum for the OzHarvest team to continue its remarkable work and expand into regions around Australia where people and communities are in need,” said Andy Holmes, President of BP Australia.

“Food is a form of energy and energy is central to everything we do at BP – from providing the fuel that keeps families and businesses moving, supplying light and power for developing communities, and providing innovative food options across our BP branded network,” said Andy.

OzHarvest currently collects over 87 tonnes a week of quality excess food from over 2,000 commercial outlets and delivers it directly to more than 900 charities. From March, quality surplus food will be collected from more than 80 BP operated retail sites, which is set to increase monthly.

The partnership between OzHarvest and BP follows a successful pilot program across 13 BP operated retail sites in New South Wales in late 2015 and early 2016.

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 www.ceocookoff.com.au.