What is the CEO CookOff event?

The OzHarvest CEO CookOff is a magical event in the lives of vulnerable men and women in Australia. On the night of the CookOff we feed and entertain approximately 1,000 people in need while providing an opportunity for Australia’s top bosses - including CEOs, Managing Directors and Senior Business Leaders - and staff to lead by example in service to vulnerable Australians. In the lead up to the event participants are expected to raise funds in support of OzHarvest. It’s a healthy competition among the business leaders who are often a naturally competitive bunch. Our collective goal this year is to raise a minimum of $1,500,000!

At the CEO CookOff the participants are grouped into teams and paired with celebrated chefs from Australia’s top kitchens. Each team prepares a meal under the guidance of their chef and serves up those beautiful meals to our wonderful guests – the vulnerable men and women who are members of the OzHarvest family. As a participant you are encouraged to share the meal with our guests and connect with a community that you would not often have an opportunity to break bread with.



Who can participate in the OzHarvest CEO CookOff event?

CEOs, Managing Directors and Senior Business Leaders can register to attend and participate in either the Sydney or Brisbane OzHarvest CEO CookOff event, taking place on Monday, 6 March 2017 at 5:30pm.

If a CEO or Senior Business Leader is unable to attend the event in Sydney or Brisbane, companies can still register to take part in raising funds for the CEO CookOff by participating in Company Challenges.


What are the CEO CookOff Company Challenges?

During the months of December, January and February - the Company Challenges are a great way to get your company listed on the CEO CookOff leaderboard.

Whether or not your CEO or boss can attend the event on 6 March, your company can register and participate in monthly cooking-themed fundraising activities within the workplace, helping OzHarvest deliver more goodness to people in need.

Each month, OzHarvest will reveal a simple, fun cooking challenge to help your staff and company fundraise and foster community spirit within the workplace! 

All funds raised by staff will contribute to your company's total fundraising goal. Find out more about the Company Challenges here.

What is the fundraising target in 2017?

In 2016, we raised over $1.6 million. Our 2017 fundraising target is $2 million to support OzHarvest's purpose to Nourish Our Country through food rescue, nutrition education and hospitality training for disadvantaged youth, and community engagement programs.

Why should I get involved? Why is it important?

The OzHarvest CEO CookOff offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with celebrity chefs, CEOs, Managing Directors and Senior Business Leaders from across all industries and with volunteers, VIP guests and media.

Participants at the CEO CookOff event will help provide delicious meals to 1,000 vulnerable, disadvantaged or homeless Australians. Funds raised will support OzHarvest’s work feeding Australia’s homeless and disadvantaged via food rescue programs, and also responding to the critical food wastage issues facing society:


Is my CEO CookOff Registration and Participation Fee Tax Deductible?

If you are participating in the event or company challenge on behalf of your company, the amount paid is fully tax deductible.

Do I need to know how to cook to participate in the CEO CookOff event?

No! The cooking component of the evening is all about teaming up celebrity chefs with CEOs and Senior Business Leaders to cook for 1,000 guests from the charities that OzHarvest delivers food to daily. Our invited dinner guests include homeless people and disadvantaged Australians - vulnerable men, women and children doing it tough. Your celebrity chef will guide you through the cooking process.

Do I need to fundraise?

Absolutely! OzHarvest's goal this year is to:
  • deliver 15 million meals to those in need from food that would otherwise go to waste.
  • transform the lives of more than 50 disadvantaged youth who join our NOURISH programme by graduating with a Cert III in Hospitality – and help them find employment and support them on their journey.
  • roll out more than 500 NEST programmes this year delivering life skills and nutrition education to thousands of vulnerable people across Australia.
  • share our model globally in 2016.
Through your participation in the CEO CookOff and your reaching out to your network to support the work that we do we will achieve our goals!
We ask you to set a great, big, enormous goal of raising $10,000 which means you can sleep so well at night knowing that you have enabled us to do all of the truly amazing things above!

How do CEOs or Senior Business Leaders get involved? 

Click the ‘REGISTER’ button on this site (or just click here). You’ll then be asked to create a profile page to commence fundraising. To complete a profile page you will need:

  • a personal mini-bio and description of your organisation; and
  • a profile picture or company logo

You will also be prompted to pay a registration fee of $1,500 to attend the Sydney or Brisbane event.

If a member of your Senior Executive Leadership Team is unable to make the event on 6 March, you can still register your company to take part in our Company Challenge fundraising activities occuring throughout December 2016 to February 2017.

Company registrations will attract a $500 registration fee. Payment can be made by credit card online, EFT or via bank cheque. Call 1800 108 006 to find out how to make an electronic funds transfer (EFT). 


Where will the CEO CookOff events take place?

Our CEO CookOff venues have been striking, unique spaces like The Cutaway, Barangaroo in 2016. Our Sydney and Brisbane venues for 2017 will be anounced later in the year.

What do I need to do on the night?

If you are attending the Sydney or Brisbane event, there will be a number of activities for participants to partake in on the evening. Groups of approximately five CEOs will partner with a celebrity chef and under their guidance, cook for approximately 30-40 people. Participants will be asked to assist with the preparation of meals and service of food for dinner guests. 

An important aspect of the event is dining and sharing a meal with our guests – vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless Australians attending the event. 


What time must I arrive on the night?

CEOs and participants arrive at 5.30pm.


How can staff members get involved?

This year we are creating Company Challenges for companies in the lead up to the CEO CookOff event. For any participating CEO or business leader (attending an event or not), staff members can also help the company's fundraising efforts by taking part in Company Challenges that will run in December, January and February. Most successful fundraisers may receive prizes and incentives (based on fundraising totals), and may also be eligible to attend the major event in March in Sydney or Brisbane.

What does OzHarvest do?

OzHarvest is the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it, direct and free of charge, to more than 800 charities providing much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle and Perth as well as in regional areas via our REAP program.

OzHarvest is the only food rescue organisation in Australia collecting surplus food from all types of food providers including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms

OzHarvest is the official Australian partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint global campaign.

Find out more on OzHarvest at our website.


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