Taste for Money

By SERELISONI MOCEICA

A group of local chefs are out to get the best taste out of fundraising.

The Chef’s Table Charity event is a bi-annual event organised to raise money for charity organisations and to celebrate the unique taste and authenticity of local dishes.

“We do this bi-annually, we organise a cook off between the chefs from the different hotels here and raise money at the same time to give back to the community,” said Darren Braddock, the executive chef at First Landing Resort.

Chef Braddock said the fundraising event helped them contribute to the Vanuatu appeal as well.

“The chefs that will be at this event have picked the charity organisations that we will help, thus the money raised will be distributed amongst them,” he said.

The Chef’s Table also promotes healthy living through the cuisine prepared.

“We have fresh food available to us here that helps us maintain our health, and our recipes aim to promote healthy living through food,” Chef Braddock said.

Top executive chefs from hotels around the country will feature in the event such as Lance Seeto, Chef Braddock himself, Shailesh Naidu, Nilesh Chand, Sainivalati Tavaga, Henry Sealmann, Anthony Healy and Avinesh Sharma.

The Masquerade Ball held this November 21 at the Denarau Yacht Club aims to raise about $80,000 worth of funds.
The executive chef said the initiative was also another way for the chefs to promote the use of local ingredients in the hotel industry.