Australia’s best chefs are coming together for one night in June to create a special dinner in support of UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children in Syria.
The one-night only event is part of a month-long, nationwide fundraising initiative, #CookForSyria, in aid of UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis Appeal for Children, and will be held at Three Blue Ducks Roseberry, in Sydney, on Monday 18 June from 6:30pm.
Renowned Aussie chef Adam Liaw will host the event, which will see more than 20 of the country’s top culinary talent including Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs & The Dolphin Dining Room), Jacqui Challinor (NOMAD), and Mark LaBrooy & Andy Allen (Three Blue Ducks), to name just a few, collaborate together to create an unforgettable family-style dinner event, featuring signature dishes with a Syrian inspired twist.
Syrian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world and reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage, and throughout June, restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners from around the country are also invited to take part in #CookForSyria by putting a Syrian inspired twist on one of their dishes and donating $5 from each sale of the dish.
Earlier this year, Liaw travelled to Jordan to meet with Syrian families, living in Za’atari Refugee Camp, just 15 kilometres from the Syrian border.
“The magnitude of what faces the displaced people of Syria has to be seen to be believed,” Liaw says.
“Tents and temporary homes stretch as far as the eye can see, housing hundreds of thousands of people who have been through the unimaginable horrors of war.
“UNICEF’s work in Jordan provides help and hope to Syrian refugees and funds raised as part of this campaign are vital for continuing this effort.”
The #CookForSyria campaign aims to encourage everyone from top chefs and restaurants, to people at home, to cook and raise money to help children affected by the conflict in Syria, wiht the global movement so far raising more than AUD $1 million.