Travis Harvey

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’s 12 tips for Christmas leftovers

Posted by on December 24, 2016

It’s easy to avoid food waste this Christmas whilst enjoying delicious meals and making your dishes last longer.

Our kitchen magician and master of zero-waste cooking Travis Harvey has developed these 12 simple and tasty tips to help your Christmas leftovers go further:

  • On the first day of Christmas, the leftovers could be … sandwiches or salads stuffed with roast veggies, ham or turkey.
  • On the second day of Christmas, carve all your turkey and ham from the bone … to make sure it stays fresh. Slices of ham and turkey can be frozen in a container for up to 3 months.
  • On the third day of Christmas, some yummy leftovers could be … Xmas pudding bitesize balls, rolled and dipped in melted chocolate and desiccated coconut.
  • On the fourth day of Christmas, a gorgeous soup leftover could be … the ham bone cooked up to make a nutritious pork broth, or use the off cuts for a tasty ham and pea soup.
  • On the fifth day of Christmas, a great tip to avoid leftovers could be … portion control! Use 250g per person as a guide for serving meat, recipes that serve 6 people should feed twice the amount when served buffet style with other dishes.
  • On the sixth day of Christmas, a trifle or dessert tip could be …. serve in small glasses or individual jars, which are easier to store and will last longer than in a big bowl.
  • On the seventh day of Christmas, a great tip for prawns could be … peel before storing, throw them in a stir fry or rice paper rolls, or freeze for up to three months. Also, freeze the shells before disposing to prevent a smelly bin!
  • On the eighth day of Christmas, frozen fruit tips could be … pop your left over fruit salad in the freezer, perfect for adding straight into a breakfast smoothie (always peel bananas before freezing).
  • On the ninth day of Christmas, a tip for roast veggie leftovers could be … combine with ham, eggs, cheese, olive oil and flour to make Boxing Day Breakfast fritters.
  • On the tenth day of Christmas, an amazing leftover toastie could be … ham teamed with camembert or any leftover cheese, add some cranberry sauce for festive flavour!
  • On the eleventh day of Christmas, your leftovers could be … turkey and roast veggies combined with your favourite spices to make a great curry.
  • On the twelfth day of Christmas, your fridge should be empty! Make a list before you go shopping.

‘Tis the season to… make your food go further

Posted by on November 17, 2016

The festive season is a great excuse to create new and delicious recipes for friends and family but new research by KitchenAid has revealed that nine in ten Aussies usually discard more than a quarter of food during the festive season[1].

Last Christmas, eight in ten (81%) Australians spent time in the kitchen cooking a meal from scratch and three quarters (76%) spent up to $250 on food for Christmas Day alone[2]. Despite the amount of time and money spent, the majority of the population (95%) acknowledge they have leftovers.

Commissioned to mark the launch of the new KitchenAid Pro Line Series blender, the research shows that the most common reason (44%) as to why items are binned is because food goes off by the time consumers get to re-use or eat them.

Richard Babekuhl, Marketing Director at KitchenAid Australia and New Zealand, said: “We know leftovers are synonymous with the festive season – the proof is in the leftover Christmas pudding – but it’s shocking that so much food goes to waste.

“Our research shows that although 12% of Australians are convinced there is nothing to get them to use leftovers, having more time and recipe inspiration would help 65%. With this in mind, we’ve teamed up with food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, to create a suite of new recipes, videos and free culinary workshops with OzHarvest Executive Head Chef, Travis Harvey.”

Set in the grounds of Camperdown Commons, an urban farm development, KitchenAid and OzHarvest will host four free culinary masterclasses with Travis on Saturday 19 November:

Workshop 1        10:30am – 10:50am

Workshop 2        11:10am – 11:30am

Workshop 3        11:50am – 12.10pm

Workshop 4        12.30pm – 12.50pm

To register interest, consumers should email [email protected] or call Emma on 9281 3933.

The hands-on masterclasses with Travis will demonstrate new seasonal recipes that people can use to make their food go further using the new KitchenAid Pro Line Series blender. The Pro Line Series blender has been created in collaboration with consumers and industry experts to create the most powerful home blender on the market. With a power dial that takes it to 11 and a 3.5 Peak HP heavy-duty motor, more peak sustained power is delivered at the blades minimising food waste. Its power ensures event the toughest of ingredients are pulverised including whole fruits, nut, seeds, ice and fibrous vegetables.

Travis comments, “Our goal is to help nourish the country whilst educating and engaging with consumers on how to maximise the food they have. We’re delighted to partner with KitchenAid for the launch of the new Pro Line Series blender to help raise awareness of how people can make the most of their Christmas leftovers. We see a spike in excess food during the festive season, so it’s essential we find inventive and delicious ways to make our food go further.”

The most common grocery items and meals thrown away during the festive period include:

  • Dressing, dips and condiments
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, dairy and desserts
  • Meats, including cold meats
  • Seafood

 The top five foods thrown away after Christmas lunch:

  • Salad
  • Gravy or cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing
  • Vegetables
  • Potato and pumpkins



[1] Statistic: 90% of 25-55 year olds indicate they discard more than a quarter of food during the festive season.

[2] Statistic: 76% of Australians spend up to $250 on Christmas Day food alone – excluding alcohol.