Travellers at Sydney Airport’s Qantas Business Lounge this week enjoyed a lunchtime treat of gourmet ‘sliders’ (mini-burgers) prepared by super chefs Neil Perry, Simmone Logue and Justin North.
Scores of wagyu beef, tandoori chicken and fish mini-burgers were plated up and wolfed down in the lounge as part of the lead-up to the annual CEO Cookoff sponsored by Qantas.
The cookoff, which takes place in Sydney on Monday February 17th, is the tentpole fundraiser for OzHarvest, a community organisation which collects ‘quality excess food’ which would be otherwise be discarded and provides it at no cost to charities.
OzHarvest’s ‘food rescue’ operation intercepts meals and produce which would usually head to landfill and uses them to fill needy stomachs instead.
The food is sourced from restaurants, supermarkets and shopping centres, hotels, catering companies, stadiums and corporate events.
21 OzHarvest vans deliver more than five million meals a year to over 500 charities in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
So how does the CEO Cookoff fit into this? A joint initiative of OzHarvest and Qantas, it partners CEOs and celebrity chefs to prepare a three course meal for thousands of Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged.
The execs and chefs also accept sponsorships to raise money for OzHarvest’s ongoing work along with supporting selected charities.
The list of chefs taking part in the 2014 CEO Cookoff reads like a who’s who of the Australian fine food scene.
Naturally headlined by Qantas Consulting Chef Neil Perry there’s also Matt Moran, Simmone Logue, Guillaume Brahimi, Justin North of Bécasse and Quarter Twenty One fame, Movida’s Frank Camorra plus Colin Fassnidge from Sydney’s Four in Hand and 4Fourteen.
For a look at what goes on at the CEO Cookoff event itself, we recommend this wonderful piece on the 2013 CEO Cookoff by Sydney food blogger and fellow traveller Lorraine Elliott of NotQuiteNigella fame.
You can also watch this video shot by Qantas to showcase the evening.
In support of OzHarvest, Australian Business Traveller is sponsoring Alan Joyce and Neil Perry for $500 at the 2014 CEO Cookoff.
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