OzHarvest, the charity dedicated to reducing food waste and eliminating hunger, has landed overseas to tackle this growing issue on a global scale. UKHarvest is now a thing, and has the full support of some pretty influential people – HRH the Duchess of Cornwall as patron, as well as Jamie Oliver and his foundation. The announcement comes after the very first UK CEO CookOff took place last week in London where they raised over £500,000, which will help kick-start UKHarvest’s efforts.
A few years in the works, Her Royal Highness was inspired by OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn’s efforts during a visit to Sydney in 2015. Fast forward to 2017, and The Duchess is helping raise awareness of food waste and food education on a global scale.
Both charities work to save quality food surplus from the bin and redistribute it to those in need. And events like the CEO CookOff help get some of the more powerful members of society on board, chopping, stirring, sautéing and plating to raise money for the cause. “It’s absolutely brilliant that we can get all these bigwigs together in the same room with the nation’s top chefs, all rolling up their sleeves and cooking some delicious grub for our everyday heroes – to raise money for the bigger issues around food education and waste,” said Jamie Oliver.
At the inaugural event in London, high-flying chefs including Aussies Bill Granger and Brett Graham, Angela Hartnett, Atul Kochhar and Gennaro Contaldo all joined founder Ronni Kahn, the Duchess of Cornwall and Jamie Oliver, plus some of the top UK business leaders to cook up a storm of grade A grub for hundreds of those everyday heroes who have dedicated their lives to helping others.
Hopefully this move overseas will inspired more countries to get involved, and soon we’ll all be fighting hunger and food wastage via OzHarvest, UKHarvest, USHarvest, CAHarvest and beyond.