Surfing Chefs for SurfAid raises over $65,000

Friday, March 11, 2016

Video by Matthew Blake Johnson

Former ASP world surfing champion Mark “Occy” Occhilupo teamed up with Australia’s top chefs for the second Sydney Surfing Chefs for SurfAid cocktail party raising over $65,000.

On 9th of March 2016, 300 plus guests descended on The Bucket List, Bondi and enjoyed an outstanding night of excellent food and fine wines, with the venue proving to be the perfect backdrop for the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid event.

Guests included surfing and sporting elite, Mark “Occy Occhilupo, SurfAid CEO Andrew Judge and Dr Dave Jenkins founder of SurfAid along with their corporate supporters, top media including channel 7 Sunshine presenter, Mark Beretta and channel 10’s Melinda Nucifora, as well as a good sprinkling of Bondi local legends including Rod Kerr, Eugene Tan, and Mary Anne Cronin…and of course the chefs.

The exquisite 10 course degustation, was led by Tom Walton, THE BUCKET LIST BONDI and Russell Blaikie, MUST WINE BAR PERTH, and their team of award-winning celebrity chefs from all across Australia, who share a common passion for surfing.

The lineup of “Surfing Chefs” who donated their work on the night included Ben O’Donoghue BILLY KART KITCHEN BRISBANE, Stephen Scott CHARING CROSS HOTEL WAVERLEY, Massimo Mele CATERING BY MASSIMO MELE, Ian Oakes DRAKES EATERY, Gianluca Donzelli, PIZZAPERTA, THE STAR, Logan Campbell JONAH’S, Matthew Butcher MORRIS JONES MELBOURNE

Mark Occhilupo has this to say about SurfAid,

“I’ve been an Ambassador for SurfAid for the past 10 years, and I’ve seen the work they do helping mothers and their families in remote areas of Indonesia where we all love to surf. They are doing amazing things. It was a blast to be part of this event. I’m really stoked that the money we raised will save and improve a lot of lives.”

Celebrity chef Russell Blaikie created the concept of Surfing Chefs for SurfAid in 2011 and the series of events has now raised over $200,000 for SurfAid and helped fund their work in the Mentawai and Nias islands, off the coast of Sumatra, and Sumbawa and Sumba in Eastern Indonesia.

“I can't think of a better place on the planet than The Bucket List in Bondi. Tom and Andy pulled together a super-talented group of chefs from Sydney. Fellow sandgroper and ‘Surfing the Menu’ Chef Ben O'Donoghue flew down from Brisbane, and Matthew Butcher joined us from Melboure” said Blaikie.

SurfAid CEO Andrew Judge adds, “SurfAid is enormously grateful to the chefs, sponsors and guests that support SurfAid at this event. The funds raised are critical for improving lives in extremely remote villages in Indonesia. SurfAid is the charity where the passion for surfing intersects with the passion for giving back.”

Check out the fantastic news story by Channel 10’s Melinda Nucifora here.

Check out our fabulous event photos by Jack Bennet here.

We are enormously grateful to the chefs, sponsors, guests and everyone that made the event a tremendous success: