CEO CookOff : Outstanding Success over $2m raised

Parmalat Australia was a proud participant in the 2018 OzHarvest CEO CookOff, held in Sydney on Monday evening 19th March.  Our very own CEO, Craig Garvin, not only successfully raised $21,246 in funds to go towards this great charity, but also cooked up a storm in the kitchen to help feed over 1,400 people.  Alongside Craig were four other Parmalat Australia employees, including Vince Houlihan, Dan Helfand, Mandy Normoyle and Meagan Churchley, all who contributed their time and effort to make the event a success.

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1000 charities supporting people in need across the country.  The $2m raised means that meals for more than 4 million people can be prepared and served to those in need.

The CEO CookOff is all about bringing leadership, passion and amazing teamwork together, with top chefs and industry leaders joining forces.  Two hundred CEOs and corporate teams, cooked alongside 50 of Australia’s favourite chefs to feed 1,400 special guests from charity agencies across Sydney.

A big thank you to everyone who donated to support the cause and be part of wanting to make a real difference to our society.

“It was a wonderful experience, the way the chefs get so much preparation done in advance and then when it comes time to serve the meals go out in no more than 10-15 minutes. Some 1400 3 course meals delivered between 7 and 8:30. The chefs are genuine professionals. The OzHarvest volunteers were terrific and the feeling in the room was one of enjoy and make it a fun night. OzHarvest raised well over $2m from the event and Parmalat was in the top 10 team in what we raised. Definitely would do it again.” (Vince Houlihan, General Manager Supply Chain)

“What a fabulous night with a great bunch of Parmalat people. The people at Ozharvest were absolutely tremendous. So many people giving their time, money and passion to such an event. Everyone had a smile on their face. I feel proud to be part of such an event. If you have not had the time yet ,  look  at their website www.ozharvest.org .” (Dan Helfand, Regional Sales Manager Southern Asia)

“It was genuinely humbling to see an amazing group of people rally together passionately to support such an incredible cause. For me, seeing the number of people who were able to sit down and enjoy a 3 course meal in a positive and fun atmosphere was wonderful. The atmosphere on the night was positive and engaging and everyone was there wanting to make a difference.”(Meagan Churchley, Customer Activation Manager)

“Great experience. The event was really well organised by a passionate group of people who were committed to making a difference to the lives of a group of  less fortunate people. Our chefs and the Parmalat team were  awesome. We all worked hard whilst having a lot of fun. The efforts of the Oz Harvest team raised over $2m and gave a group of around 1400 people a very memorable evening. “(Mandy Normoyle, National Safety, Health and Environment Manager)