the event


Sharing food with dignity and respect with those in need has been the foundation of the Community CookOff over the last ten years. With the cost of living at an all-time high, the event not only provides urgent food relief but also raises vital funds to keep OzHarvest operating.

Capturing the community spirit of Australia, you’ll help create a night to remember for special guests invited from the charities we support as you prepare and share a gourmet dinner, served with dignity and respect.

Community CookOff events will be held from in leading restaurants in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Watch the magic!

This year we’re celebrating our 10th ‘CookOff’ fundraising event, which comes at a time when more people than ever are needing for food relief, some for the first time in their lives.

Watch this video to get an idea of what to expect on the night.

your fundraising impact

Your fundraising efforts help keep our wheels turning to deliver meals to those doing it tough. Right now, more people than ever are struggling but with your help we can make a BIG impact. The donations from your networks help us to:

  • Deliver fresh, nourishing food to 1,900 charities across Australia who support people in need. These charities have reported a 73% increase in demand over the past 6 months.
  • Ensure people aren't making impossible choices about where their money goes. At the moment, millions of vulnerable Australians are choosing between food or other necessities like rent, medication and school needs.
  • Keep perfectly good produce out of landfill and feeding hungry bellies instead. Food waste feeds climate change!
See our 2022 Impact Report Here.

2 million

Households went hungry last year


Households receive food relief on any given day


Charities are on our waitlist for food

without you

We can’t meet the increasing demand

What happens at CookOff events?

For the first time you have the chance to choose the
restaurant you'd like to cook at! On the day, under the direction of top chefs, teams will be guided in creating gourmet meals, which will be served to our community recipients in some of Australia’s most beautiful restaurant venues.

Ahead of the event you'll learn which charity you will be cooking for and will then sit down with them for a meal on the day, sharing stories and breaking bread in a celebration of what makes our communities great.

Who can take part?

We’ve opened the event up for anyone to join! Whether you’re a business leader, a corporate team or a community champion – as long as you’re passionate about making a difference and serious about fundraising, we’d love you to join us. You can sign up as a team or an individual. The registration fee is $1,500 which goes towards your fundraising total!

How it works

meet catherine

A long-time receiver of OzHarvest food through Baptistcare Hopestreet. Thanks to the food we deliver, she was able to stretch her budget to pay for ballet lessons for her daughter. She is now a model and dancer.

“I’m so excited to attend the Community CookOff again this year as it gives me the opportunity to say thank you. I often think how different our lives would be, without OzHarvest food.”