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Melbourne v Sydney Culinary Charity Challenge

August 15, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 11:55 pm

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (The Florey) is one of the world’s leading brain research centres, and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The Florey teams conduct research on a wide range of serious mental disease including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, depression and schizophrenia.

On August 15, top chefs from Melbourne and Sydney will compete in a team challenge for the title of ‘best food city’ in the annual Culinary Charity Challenge, with all proceeds going to The Florey Institute.

Crown will host the event that will see star-studded lineup compete in the ultimate city v city contest.

Captain of the Melbourne team is chef and restaurateur, Scott Pickett, from Estelle and Saint Crispin and the rest of the Melbourne team will consist of John Lawson from No. 8, Stuart McVeigh from Union Food & Wine, and pastry chef Pierre Roelofs from Dessert Evenings at Café Rosamond.

Sydney’s team leader is Guillaume Brahimi, who, having recently closed the doors to Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House, is working towards opening Guillaume, in Paddington. The Sydney chefs are Brent Savage, from Bentley, Darren Robertson of Three Blue Ducks, and James Viles from Biota Dining.

The star-studded lineup extends to the judging panel, which will once again be chaired by acclaimed chef Jacques Reymond, and will consist of top food journalists and critics. Hosts and MC’s for the evening will be the ever-charismatic Julia Zemiro, performer and host of SBS RokWiz, and Daniel Vaughan. Daniel is owner and restaurateur of Pantry, a Brighton institution, at which he regularly hosts Melbourne chefs for cooking shows events.

A standard table for 10 guests at the Florey Culinary Charity Challenge will go for $5,000, with a VIP table costing $6,500. There will also be opportunities to bid on an exceptional line up of exclusive auction prizes available on the evening only.

Tickets available here. OR (03) 9384 1190


August 15, 2014
6:30 pm - 11:55 pm


Palladium at Crown
Level 1, 8 Whiteman Street, Crown Entertainment Complex
Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia
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