MELBOURNE | #CookForSyria is a supper club, gala dinner, range of events, cookbook and hashtag that originated from an idea by London Instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy and SUITCASE Magazine. In collaboration with NEXTGen London – UNICEF UK’s young professional movement, it launched in London in November 2016 and raised over £125,000 in the first month. Top British chefs involved include Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi, Fergus Henderson. Angela Harnett and Nuno Mendes.

Now it’s time for Australia to do its part, get involved with this great initiative, and help children displaced by the conflict in Syria. To launch the month, there will be gala events held in Sydney and Melbourne featuring an all-star roster of chefs.

The Sydney dinner will be held at Three Blue Ducks on 27 February and sees Syrian sisters Sharon and Carol Salloum from Sydney’s Almond Bar team up with Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Peter Gilmore (Bennelong and Quay), David Thompson (Long Chim), Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room), Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiōbo) Darren Robertson, Mark LaBrooy and Andy Allen (Three Blue Ducks), Mat Lindsay (Ester), Clayton Wells (Automata), Luke Powell (LP’s Quality Meats), and Mitch Orr (Acme & Bar Brose).

Down in Melbourne, The Point will host the dinner on 6 March, featuring Andy Harmer (The Point), Thi Le (Anchovy), David Moyle (Franklin and Longsong), David Thompson (Long Chim), Karen Martini, Shane Delia (Maha), Shaun Quade (Lume), Frank Camorra (Movida), Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook), Jacques Reymond, and Dave Verheul (Embla).

Similarly to London, there will be a month long campaign of pop-ups, supper-clubs, bake sales and involvement by participating restaurants. For full details on what’s going on, and what restaurants are involved check out the Australian section of the #CookForSyria website here.

You can also do your part by grabbing a copy of the beautiful #CookForSyria Cookbook, which features plenty of mouth watering Middle Eastern recipes – all proceeds from the sale of the cookbook go directly to UNICEF, and an Australian version is in the works too. Another option is to donate directly at unicef.org.au/cookforsyria.

You can book tickets to the Sydney Gala Dinner, here, and for Melbourne here.

#CookForSyria Gala Dinner

When: 27 February 2017, 6:30pm
Cost: $320 per person (including booking fee)
Where: Three Blue Ducks. 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Roseberry NSW 2018

When: 6 March 2017, 6:30pm
Cost: $329 per person (including booking fee)
Where: The Point. 10 Aquatic Drive, Albert Park VIC 3206