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April 21 2010

It is great to see successful people giving something back to those less fortunate. I spent Tuesday lunchtime with some of the Waratahs rugby stars and some homeless men from Mission Australia. All I did was barbecue some fabulous AC Butchery meat. Waratah players including Lachie Turner (how can he be that big AND that fast?), Drew Mitchell, Daniel Halangahu and Kurtley Beale took the men through a gym session and then up on the roof for lunch. The players were very generous with their time and genuinely wanted to help their less fortunate mates. Good on them.


“Three Waratahs with six packs and me with a carton of 24”


“Me and my helper Stu Goodman cooking up a storm”

I spent the weekend in Orange, which must be one of Australia’s prettiest towns.

Neil Perry from Rockpool, and Barry MacDonald and Andy Bunn from Fratelli Fresh cooked lunch for 250 people at Ross Hill vineyard and winery in aid of the Starlight Foundation. It is an annual event organised by my friend and terrific bloke Greg Jones who is an owner of Ross Hill.

The Fratelli Fresh boys served a range of cured meats and salads including a caprese, their shredded cabbage, parmesan and balsamic, green beans with pesto and lots more. Perry made fantastic slow braised beef pies for 250 in a makeshift kitchen, then spoke passionately about Starlight and the need for us all to contribute to those so much less fortunate.

Chefs in general and Neil Perry in particular give so much time and money to charity that seems to be taken for granted. If only other industries did half as much. The lunch raised an amazing $60,000 for Starlight, with generous donations wiping out food, wine and staff costs. Good on everyone concerned and take a bow Greg Jones, Neil Perry, Barry MacDonald and Andy Bunn.