Adelaide-based DVE Business Solutions’ Director, Jo Schneider, will be donning an apron and putting on oven mitts to team up with Australia’s top chefs to raise money for leading food rescue charity, OzHarvest.
In its fourth year, the event brings together CEOs and Managing Directors from some of Australia’s top companies from all industries.
Business leaders will be challenged on their fundraising and culinary skills which will benefit some of the country’s most vulnerable community members, while at the same time raising awareness about the issues of food security, homelessness and food waste.
More than 130 business leaders and 30 high profile chefs took part in last year’s CEO CookOff. Since the CEO CookOff began in 2011, it has raised more than $3 million for charity.
CEOs are teamed with acclaimed chefs including Matt Moran, Guillaume Brahimi and Maggie Beer to prepare a three course meal for 1,000 of Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged.
“Since working with OzHarvest I’ve learnt that 60% of homeless people are under 35 years and half are women, which I was astounded by. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and cook up a storm for these guys who are doing it tough every day,” says Schneider.
“I cook a mean chocolate fondant dessert, so maybe I can teach the chefs a thing or two,” Jo also cheekily states.
OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn, says she is hopeful that participants will top last year’s sterling fundraising effort.
“This event brings out the best in our business leaders who stand side by side with industry colleagues and competitors and some of the best chefs in the country, united in their efforts to really make a difference to the lives of not just their 1,000 hungry guests on the night of the CEO CookOff, but the thousands of people that OzHarvest helps every year,” Kahn said.
Registrations and donations are now open at www.ceocookoff.com.au
CEO CookOff Event Details
Date: Monday, 2 March 2014
Time: 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Location: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW