This June Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery will host a special dinner to support children affected by the Syrian conflict, one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.
More than 20 of Australia’s best chefs will cook on the night, including Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiōbo), Lennox Hastie (Firedoor), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs, The Dolphin Dining Room), Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong,, Jacqui Challinor (Nomad), Jordan Toft (Bert’s) and Josh and Julie Niland of Saint Peter, to name just a few.
The menu is made up of each chef’s signature dish, which they will give a Syrian twist. Kylie Kwong, for example, will be cooking her crisp organic saltbush cakes with Syrian spices, while Josh and Julie Niland of Saint Peter will be serving smoked eel with baba ghanoush and a beetroot jam donut.
For Almond Bar’s Carol and Sharon Salloum the cause hits particularly close to home. “Our parents are both one of nine siblings and the majority of their siblings still reside in Syria. A couple have been displaced and have had to start over. But they have done this with great strength, courage and support. Being a part of events like #CookForSyria is our way of ensuring that Syrians know they have not been forgotten, whether they are family or not.”
The dinner on Monday June 18 is part of a month-long nationwide fundraising initiative called #CookForSyria in aid of UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis Appeal for Children.
This event will be hosted by UNICEF Australia ambassador and ex-Masterchef contestant Adam Liaw, who visited Jordan in February to meet Syrian children and their families living in Za’atari Refugee Camp, 15 km from the Syrian border. He says while the crisis may be on the other side of the world, we need to remember that it’s affecting real people.
“Food is a big part of life in the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps and it's a big part of our lives, too. Reminding ourselves of what we have in common with those around the world who need our help is very important,” he says.
The #CookForSyria campaign is a global movement and has raised more than a million dollars so far. The campaign is encouraging restaurants, cafes and bakeries all over Australia to join in by adding a Syrian twist to one of their menu items and donating $5 from each day. You can donate directly to the #CookForSyria relief fund here.
*The #CookForSyria dinner is on Monday June 18 from 6.30pm and includes canapés and cocktails on arrival, and the Syrian-inspired meal and wines. Tickets are $280 and reservations can be made via the Three Blue Duckswebsite.