Donato Toce

What is CEO CookOffTM all about?


In this time of crisis and into the future, OzHarvest will be doing all that they can to reach those who are affected by fires, drought, and floods, in addition to continuing to support the 1,300 charities that rely on them every day.

The OzHarvest CEO Cookoff™ fundraising will focus on the food crisis relief in four categories:

•        Keeping the wheels turning on our fleet of 57 food rescue vans that deliver food to over 1,300 charities around Australia

•        Resourcing a bespoke Mobile Market that will take free food directly to communities impacted by the ongoing fires and drought

•        Providing additional resources and support to our local OzHarvest operations in both metro and regional locations to meet the increase in food need

•        Delivering delicious and nutritious joyful community food events to areas that have been affected by droughts and fires, calling upon the support of Australia’s hospitality community
The 2020 CEO CookOff will be a festival of hope and joy, embodying the community spirit of Australia.

I'd love your support in helping me reach my fundraising goal! Every $1 donated to OzHarvest means they can deliver 2 meals to those in need.

My Bio

Head Chef and partner of Gelato Messina, Donato Toce has become a pioneer of gelato, pastry and an innovator in his approach to food science.   Beginning his journey in Melbourne as a chef in traditional Italian restaurants, learning the fine art of pasta and pizza making, he became a restaurateur in 2001 and in 2005 moved to Sydney to open an iconic Pizzeria.   

In 2007 he was Head Chef at hatted Italian Restaurant ‘A Tavola’ for 2 years – transforming it to an iconic food landmark on Sydney’s map.

Since joining Gelato Messina in 2009 he, along with Nick Palumbo has revolutionized the understanding of gelato, gelato cakes and mono-portions in Australia – encouraging a following of like-minded gelato innovators worldwide.   Donato is head chef across the production facility of 50 chefs and 19 stores across Australia.

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Halfway there!

$10,000 raised – Bring on the Black Apron!

Target Increased