Ten of Australia’s most talented chefs are coming together for the #CookForSyria charity dinner, a nationwide fundraising initiative to provide aid for children displaced by the ongoing Syrian conflict through the UNICEF Australia Syria Crisis Appeal for Children.
The host of household names, including Kylie Kwong of Billy Kwong, Peter Gilmore of Bennelong and Quay, and David Thompson of Long Chim will celebrate the country’s rich cultural heritage and traditional cuisine by putting a Syrian twist on their own signature dishes, with Syrian sister chefs Sharon and Carol Shalloum of Almond Bar showcasing a range of the time-honoured vegetarian dishes of their country. Featuring everything from Mat Lindsay’s (Ester) za-atar spiced fragrant loaves to David Thompson’s pomegranate, prawn and chicken salad, the dinner menu features all the hallmarks of a fun, familial feast.
“It’s an incredible honour to be invited to participated in this campaign,” said Thompson, adding that having once been a visitor to Syria, he strongly believes in the cause and is looking forward to working with his fellow chefs to create an unforgettable feast and raising money for the UNICEF Appeal.
Inspired by a campaign originally created by London influencer, ClerkenwellBoy, in collaboration with SUITCASE Magazine and NEXTGen London (UNICEF UK’s young professional movement), the Australian #CookForSyria initiative encourages restaurants, bakeries, and cafés across the country to participate by adding Syrian-inspired items to their menus across March, and donating $3 from each sale of that dish to the cause.
#CookForSyria will be taking place at Three Blue Ducks in Sydney’s Roseberry February 27 (book here), with the Melbourne dinner happening at Albert Park's The Point restaurant on March 6 (book here). Anyone wishing to donate to UNICEF can do so through this link.