UNICEF and Australia’s best chefs #CookForSyria this June

A celebration of Syrian cuisine in aid of children affected by one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises

Monday, 16 April 2018 -
To support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children in Syria, Australia’s top chefs are coming together this June to create a special dinner at Three Blue Ducks Rosebery, Sydney. Hosted by UNICEF Australia Ambassador, Adam Liaw, the dinner, held on Monday 18 June, is part of a month-long, nationwide fundraising initiative, #CookForSyria, in aid of UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis Appeal for Children.

Over 20 of the country’s top kitchen talent are collaborating to create an unforgettable night, serving signature dishes with a Syrian inspired twist. These chefs include Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Carol & Sharon Salloum (Almond Bar), Jordan Toft (Bert’s), Mark LaBrooy & Andy Allen (Three Blue Ducks), Luke Powell (LPs Quality Meats), Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai), Josh & Julie Niland (Saint Peter), Matt Stone & Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines, VIC), Duncan Welgemoed & Imogen Czulowski (Africola, SA), Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiōbo), Lennox Hastie (Firedoor), James Viles (Biota), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs & The Dolphin Dining Room), Jacqui Challinor (NOMAD), Andy Bowdy (Saga) and Gregory Llewellyn (Hartsyard).
 
The chefs will put a Syrian stamp on one of their signature dishes, creating a memorable and fun family-style feast. Palisa Anderson will serve up pork sausages with a Zoug inspired Nahm prik chilli relish, Kylie Kwong will bring back her crispy organic saltbush cakes with Syrian spices, and Josh and Julie Niland will turn eel on its head with a smoked eel moutabbal & beetroot jam donut.
 
Adam Liaw travelled to Jordan in February to meet Syrian children and their families living in Za’atari Refugee Camp,15 km from the Syrian border. “The magnitude of what faces the displaced people of Syria has to be seen to be believed. 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”, says Adam.
 
“One of the things that gives the residents of the camps hope of one day returning to their old life is going through the everyday routine of normal living. Food is a huge part of that, and the camps are filled with shops that sell breads, sweets, shawarma, and groceries. 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 cause is close to Almond Bar’s Salloum sisters’ hearts; “We believe that if you are capable of making the smallest effort in life to assist another human being in need then you should. Syria has needed the assistance of the world around it for just over seven years now and such an event is the perfect way to get involved in fulfilling that need. Hospitality is the essence of Middle Eastern culture, it is a way of life, an innate quality that is shaped and nourished by our families”.
 
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. The global movement has to date raised more than AUD $1 million and counting.
 
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 favourite signature dishes (or by creating a new dish) and donating $5 from each sale of the dish. Syrian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world and reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage with influences from the Middle East and beyond.

For registration, please visit: http://cookforsyria.com/au/
The dinner will kick off at 6.30pm on Monday 18 June, at Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery.
Tickets are $280/ person (plus booking fee) and will include canapés, cocktails on arrival, a shared Syrian-inspired feast and wines.
 
For reservations, visit Three Blue Ducks http://www.threeblueducks.com
 
Media Enquiries
Sophie Foster, The Cru – Brand Specialists, sophie@thecrumedia.com; 0410 789 908
Nicole Lawrence, UNICEF Australia, nlawrence@unicef.org.au; 0419 748 624
 
Editor’s Notes
More information is available at www.cookforsyria.com/au
Social media: @CookForSyria
Media assets:
#CookForSyria photos available for download here
UNICEF Syria crisis photos and videos available for download here

About #CookForSyria
#CookForSyria is a global fundraising initiative curated by influential London-based Instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy and SUITCASE Magazine in partnership with NEXTGeneration, UNICEF UK’s young professional movement, and launched in London in November 2016. #CookForSyria first started as a simple supper club where a group of foodie friends came together to celebrate Syrian cuisine and raise money to help UNICEF provide lifesaving support for Syrian children. Top British chefs involved include Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi, Fergus Henderson, Angela Hartnett and Nuno Mendes. More than AUD $1 million has been raised globally. For more information, visit http://cookforsyria.com/au/
 
About UNICEF
UNICEF is the UN Children’s Organisation and works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
 
UNICEF is one of the few organisations working inside Syria, as well as supporting refugees in neighbouring countries with urgent humanitarian aid. UNICEF’s teams are working around the clock to provide life-saving food, clean water, education services, health care and psychological support to children whose lives have been devastated by the prolonged conflict.
 
Inside Syria, UNICEF has:
  • Provided over 14 million people with access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
  • Supplied Back to School kits, including textbooks, stationery and school bags to 3.1 million children in formal education.
  • In 2017, UNICEF reached more than 3.4 million people in hard-to-reach locations with a full package of support including water, sanitation and hygiene, education, healthcare, nutrition, child protection and services for adolescents. 
In neighbouring countries, UNICEF and partners have:
  • Vaccinated 17.6 million children under the age of dive against deadly polio.
  • Helped more than 650,000 children in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq enrol in formal education.
  • Provided child protection and psychosocial support programmes to more than 500,000 children. 
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.au
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