The CEO CookOff is food rescue organisation OzHarvest’s annual flagship event and is a perfect example of businesses – from both the corporate and hospitality sectors – coming together to support a worthy cause.
Business leaders from Aussie, Goodman Property Group, Virgin Mobile, Macquarie Bank, PwC, Caltex, George Weston Foods and Hostplus are among those taking part, as is Oz Harvest’s own CEO and founder Ronni Kahn. They will be split into teams and under the guidance of high-profile chefs – including Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Luke Mangan and Guillaume Brahimi – will prepare a three-course meal for 1300 guests in need.
Brisbane joins Sydney as a host of the CEO CookOff for the first time this year, with the Royal International Convention Centre and The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve as the event’s respective venues.
Why getting involved is good business
Now in its fifth year, the 2016 event aims to increase awareness of OzHarvest’s work, particularly around food insecurity, homelessness and food wastage in Australia. The CEO CookOff has raised $4.5m to date and this year hopes to generate a further $1.5m – the equivalent of a whopping three million meals.
Every chef and CEO taking part in the CookOff is fundraising in the lead up to the event. You can check out the Leaderboards to see which chefs, CEOs, companies and staff are taking part and whose leading the way in raising funds.
“The business sector and its leaders play a crucial role in helping organisations like ours address and find solutions to the issues of poverty, homelessness, hunger and waste,” said OzHarvest’s Ronni Kahn.
“By taking part in the CEO CookOff, these corporate leaders and companies show that they care for the communities in which they operate. They also show a commitment to making a real difference and impact to the lives of people who are less fortunate.”
Businesses can also take part in the Company Challenges, which involve cooking challenges and fundraising activities within the workplace.
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