Kumar Mahadevan

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

Kumar came to Australia in 1985 to work. He opened his first restaurant, Abhi's, named after his first son, in 1990. Abhi's has since evolved into a near-legendary neighbourhood eatery, with a loyal local following. The more ambitious operation, Aki's at the Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, followed in 2003. 

He delights in creating dishes that combine the best of local seafood and other produce with the flavours of his native southern India - an approach that has already won him a dedicated following at his new location. Cooking Indian food is a challenge. Achieving the correct mix of herbs and spices is akin to mastering a magic potion and overdoing just one ingredient is liable to produce disastrous results. The likes of Kumar Mahadevan delight us with his delicious Indian cuisine in two fabulous locations: Abhi’s in North Strathfield and the more recent Aki’s in Woolloomooloo. 

Both restaurants are named after his sons, continuing a family connection that began many years ago when his taste for cooking first transpired in his mother’s kitchen in Madras as she taught him the family recipes. Beginning his training at age 17 at India’s Institute of Hotel Management, Mahadevan went on to complete his apprenticeship the Taj Intercontinental Hotel in Bombay. He soon found himself in Australia heading up the kitchen at Mayur restaurant where he cooked for the likes of Prince Phillip and Mick Jagger. Abhi’s opened in 1990 with Aki’s following in late 2003. 

Both restaurants showcase Kumar’s light, delicate flavours and fresh, aromatic spices.

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Halfway there!

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

Target Increased