Surfing Chefs for SurfAid Byron Bay Raises Over $150,000!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Chefs Russell Blaikie (Must Winebar), Steven Snow (Fins Kingscliff), Clayton Donovan (ABC's Wild Kitchen) and Tom Carroll taking a break from the kitchen.

Last week surfing chefs and SurfAid Ambassadors Tom Carroll, Occy and Felicity Palmateer swapped their surfboards for chopping boards. Along with renowned chefs, Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, Byron Bay), Russell Blaikie (Must Winebar, Perth), Ben O'Donoghue (Billykart Kitchen, Brisbane), Steven Snow (Fins, Kingscliff), Ben Devlin (Paper Daisy, Cabarita), Giles Hohnen (Sumi Open Kitchen, Noosa), Brett Cameron (Pacific Club, Bondi), David Moyle (Longsong, Melbourne), Donovan Clayton (Jaaning Tree, Nambucca Heads) and Stuart Toon (Rocker, Bondi) the sold out event at Three Blue Ducks on the Farm raised a record breaking $150,000! The generosity of the event attendees helped bring the total funds raised to over half a million dollars since it was started in 2011 thanks to Chef and 2017 SurfAid Humanitarian of the Year, Russell Blaikie.  

“This result truly demonstrates the power of giving back. Surfing Chefs fundraisers started with a bunch of my Margaret River Chef mates banding together to cook for a crowd, raising money for the important programs SurfAid conducts across the Indonesian Archipelago. We've conducted 8 events around Australia since 2011 and without a single exception, every chef involved has jumped on board with a passion and generosity that energises each event. These chefs are at the top of their game in Australia, they are sensational cooks who love to share waves. They are so busy...they really don't have the time to do these events, but they MAKE the time to be part of them, because they care. Adding the vitality of World Champion and pro surfers to the mix electrifies Surfing Chefs for SurfAid. The pros step out of their comfort zone to put on their whites and jump in the kitchen, forming friendships as they produce delicious food. Tom Carroll, Martin Potter, Mark Occhilupo, Rod Kerr, Taj Burrow, and Felicity Palmateer have given star power to this event. And we know it's all about eating delicious food and washing it down with amazing booze. Many sponsors come to the table and give generously. The thing that tied it all together this week was the amazing venue, Three Blue Ducks on The Farm Byron Bay. The team led by Darren Robertson went above and beyond the call of duty and jumped in to make something very special happen. There was no better place on the planet to host Surfing Chefs for SurfAid,” shared Russell.

Sold Out Event. SurfAid guests enjoying their Indonesian inspired dinner.

The menu, curated by each chef contributing an Indonesian inspired dish, was remarkable with lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime leaf and chilies decorating the air.

“What an extraordinary model SurfAid delivers! We all have an amazing time, eat extraordinary food (doesn’t even come close to describing it), and are offered the opportunity to give - with people’s lives thousands of kilometres away being improved exponentially”, says Tom Carroll who was joined in the kitchen by his partner, Mary Graham.

Surfing Chefs for SurfAid 2018 is not just for surfers, “this event is for the globally minded; it’s for people who appreciate good food; surfers who recognise surfing as a vehicle for giving back and for the local community too”, says SurfAid Founder, Dr. Dave Jenkins.

SurfAid is especially stoked Felicity Palmateer joined Surfing Chefs for SurfAid as the 1st female surfer to support this event and give back to the beautiful parts of the world surfers visit.

Paddock to plate. Pigs on the spit prepared by Darren Robertson and Felicity Palmateer. Pigs donated by The Farm and raised on Brookie's Gin botanicals.

"The Mentawais is an an incredible region for surf, last year was the first time I had been there and it was just beautiful. I'm grateful to be included in a night that was not only fun, but makes such a positive difference to so many. And to learn a thing or two working alongside so many talented chefs was pretty special. I cooked with Brett Cameron, and we prepared kangaroo, which I've never tried before, and obviously it was delicious. All the food that was prepared was just amazing. And to raise so much money, is just great, so everyone who came and bidded and donated, should be very stoked. It was a really special occasion", said Felicity Palmateer.

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