World Surfing Champion Mark “Occy” Occhilupo swaps a surfboard for a chopping board at “Surfing Chefs for SurfAid” event in Bondi

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Former world surfing champion Mark “Occy” Occhilupo is stoked to be joining some of Australia’s top chefs for the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid cocktail party at The Bucket List, Bondi on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

The event, which raises funds for award-winning humanitarian aid organisation, SurfAid, promises to be an amazing evening of gourmet food and fine wine prepared by Tom Walton, THE BUCKET LIST, BONDI, and Russell Blaikie, MUST WINEBAR, PERTH, and their team of award-winning celebrity chefs, who share a common passion for surfing.

The Surfing Chefs, who all donate their time and talent, will serve up an exquisite multi-course degustation menu sourced from the finest produce, all donated by local suppliers. Food will be paired with superb wines from Stella Bella, Vranken Pommery, and Bunkers.

The lineup includes Mark Occhilupo (1999 WORLD SURFING CHAMPION), Rod Kerr (BONDI RESCUE), Tom Walton (THE BUCKET LIST), Russell Blaikie (MUST WINEBAR, PERTH), Ben O'Donoghue (BILLYKART KITCHEN, BRISBANE), Massimo Mele (CATERING BY MASSIMO MELE), Ian Oakes (DRAKE EATERY), Stephen Scott (CHARING CROSS HOTEL), Gianluca Donzelli (PIZZAPERTA, THE STAR), Logan Campbell (JONAH’S), Matthew Butcher (MORRIS JONES, MELBOURNE). The event will be hosted by popular TV personality Mark Beretta.

SURFING CHEFS FOR SURFAID COCKTAIL PARTY
6:30 pm, Wednesday 9 March 2016
The Bucket List, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi 

TICKETS
VIP $250 p/p (full table service)
Cocktail $150 p/p (stand up format)

DRESS
Best beach cocktail 

For the second year in a row, former pro surfer and Bondi Rescue legend, Rod Kerr will be swapping his boardies for a chef jacket and joining the team as one of our guest surfing chefs. He had this to say about the event, “I’m proud to be involved with the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid event at The Bucket List again this year. Last year was amazing. I was so nervous, but we pulled it off. SurfAid is such an amazing cause and I’m going to do better this time around. I may even cook, so watch out!” 

Occy, a long-time supporter of SurfAid, will join the team in the kitchen for the first time this year. He said, “I’m honoured to be involved in such a fantastic night with such fantastic chefs for such a fantastic cause. I’ve been told I’m following in the footsteps of Tom Carroll and Pottz, and that makes me feel not as nervous cause I know their footsteps are small.  I hope you all like vegemite on toast….”

Thank you to our major sponsors - Wilson Parking, The Bucket List, Adina Apartments Bondi Beach, and BWM Dentsu.

For further information please contact:
Jo Lynas
SurfAid
Events Manager

P: (02) 9965 7325
M: 0415 901 361
E: jo@surfaid.org

Photo by Joli