Internationally acclaimed Chef, Massimo Bottura, of Italy’s Osteria Francescana, will host a once-in-a-lifetime dinner with OzHarvest at their Alexandria HQ on Sunday, 2 April 2017. Bottura is visiting Australia as part of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards.
The exclusive and exceptional degustation dinner for 130 guests will be prepared and cooked by a hand-selected crew of chefs with a conscience, including 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).
The exquisite menu, which will be designed around food that would otherwise have gone to waste, will be matched with wines from some of Australia’s finest wineries. The OzHarvest warehouse will be transformed into a fine dining space by the country’s hottest restaurant designer George Livissianis. Service will be led by Rockpool Dining Group’s Food and Beverage Director, Jeremy Courmidas and the sommelier for the evening will be award winning James Hird from The Iceberg’s. In keeping with the style of the evening, some of Australia’s leading artists such as John Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and Chris Antico are donating works of art to be auctioned and add dramatic visual effects on the night.
Guests will gain valuable insights into Bottura’s passion and determination to fight food waste during an intimate talk about his non-profit organisation, Food For Soul, and his experience in setting up the refettorios – soup kitchens like no other, in Milan and Rio.
”Ronni and I are both one hundred per cent committed to ensuring good food stops going to waste and is given to people who need it most. I am delighted to host this dinner with OzHarvest to help tackle this global issue,” said Bottura.
OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn said both organisations share the same vision of a world with zero food waste and free of hunger.
“Massimo’s global leadership in the food industry brings much needed focus on the issue of eliminating hunger and food waste. His work inspires chefs, home cooks and consumers to take meaningful action on the social challenges we face today. I am thrilled he is able to share some of his precious time with us,” said Ronni.
The nine chefs have generously donated their time and talent to cook for the event. Produce and beverage suppliers, service staff, artists and designers have also all donated products and services, allowing all proceeds for the evening to go directly to OzHarvest and Food for Soul.
Tickets on sale at 9am Tuesday 14th March.
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