It takes a very worthy cause to gather some of Sydney's finest culinary talents in one place. So it says a lot about UNICEF's standing that they've managed to get 12 of Australia's best chefs into one kitchen for a feel good charity event on February 27. With proceeds going toward UNICEF Australia's Syria Crisis Appeal for Children, the one-night only event at Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery is part of a month long campaign to raise funds for displaced Syrian children.
The concept is based on the super successful UK #CookForSyria campaign which saw talents like Jamie Oliver and Fergus Henderson raise more than £125,000 for young victims of the conflict in Syria. And Australia's answer name checks some of the best in the kitchen: Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Peter Gilmore (Bennelong and Quay), David Thompson (Long Chim), Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room), Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiōbo) Darren Robertson, Mark LaBrooy and Andy Allen (Three Blue Ducks), Mat Lindsay (Ester), Clayton Wells (Automata), Luke Powell (LP's Quality Meats) and Mitch Orr (Acme & Bar Brose) - phew.
There will also a special appearance by Syrian chefs (and sisters) Sharon and Carol Salloum from Sydney's Almond Bar who will be dishing up delicious vegetarian dishes on the night. With each local chef tackling a different Syrian-inspired dish or flavour, consider this a unique dining experience with a seriously charitable payoff.
The #CookForSyria dinner will be hosted at Three Blue Ducks (1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery) on Monday, February 27 at 6.30pm. Tickets are $320 pp + bf and include canapés, cocktails on arrival, a shared Syrian-inspired feast and wine. To book, head to threeblueducks.com/rosebery/bookings
And don't forget to keep your eye out for more #CookForSyria events around the country. Throughout March many restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners Australia-wide will be creating a Syrian spin on existing dishes or creating new ones, with $3 from each sale of the dish going to the cause. Simply want to make a donation? Head to unicef.org.au/cookforsyria or buy the recipe book #CookForSyria.