World champs put their chef's hats on for SurfAid's The Bucket List
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 March, 2015 - Bondi Beach, Australia - Former two-time ASP world surfing champion Tom Carroll and world champion Martin Potter are in the lineup to join some of Australia's top chefs for the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid cocktail party at The Bucket List in Bondi on Wednesday 11 March.
The event, which raises funds for award winning humanitarian aid organisation, SurfAid, promises to be an amazing evening of gourmet food and fine wine prepared by Tom Walton (The Bucket List Bondi) and Russell Blaikie (Must Wine Bar Perth), and their team of award-winning celebrity chefs, who share a common passion for surfing.
The Surfing Chefs, who all donate their work, will serve up an exquisite multi-course degustation menu sourced from the finest local produce.
Alongside Tom Walton and Russell Blaikie, the chef lineup includes Ben O'Donoghue (Billy Kart Kitchen Brisbane), Guy Turland (Bondi Harvest), Ian Oakes (Drake Eatery Bondi), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs Bondi), Peter Doyle (Est. Establishments Sydney), Simon Zalloua (Sefa Kitchen Bondi), Tony Howell (Aravina Estate Margaret River), Zac Pauling (Bondi Bowling Club Bondi), Craig Ferrier (Cranky Fins Palm Beach) and Stephen Scott (Charing Cross Hotel Waverley).
Former pro surfer and Bondi Rescue legend, Rod Kerr and WSL local shredder, Perth Standlick will join Tom Carroll in swapping their wetsuits for chef jackets and join the team as our guest surfing chefs!
Martin Potter has this to say about SurfAid, "SurfAid works in some of the most remote places in Indonesia -- places where usually only surfers go. The team in the field are absolute legends at working to improve the health of mothers and their families. Simple stuff like providing clean water and mosquito nets and improving nutrition make a huge difference in saving lives. They've been in the area for 15 years now, and I am proud to support them. The Surfing Chefs event is a blast and I'm stoked to be part of it."
Celebrity chef Russell Blaikie created the concept of Surfing Chefs for SurfAid in 2011. The series of events has now raised nearly $130,000 for SurfAid and helped fund their work in the Mentawai and Nias islands, off the coast of Sumatra, and Sumbawa and Sumba in Eastern Indonesia.
"I can't believe this is now the fifth Surfing Chefs for SurfAid event we are planning!” says chef Russell Blaikie. "I can't think of a better place on the planet than The Bucket List in Bondi. Tom and Andy have pulled together a super-talented group of chefs from Sydney. Fellow sandgroper and 'Surfing the Menu' Chef Ben O'Donoghue is flying down from Brisbane, and joining me from WA will be Aravina Estate Executive Chef Tony Howell. I'm sure there'll be some friendly East vs West coast rivalry in the kitchen."
Blaikie is confident the food will be sensational and perfectly matched with "superb liquid from Margaret Rivers Right Reverend V wines and Corona beer."
Blaikie continues, "VIP's also get to sip Perrier Jouet Champagne while mixing with the kitchen team. Talking of mixing it with the kitchen, I can't wait until Bondi Rescue's Kerrbox dons his Chef's jacket and jumps in the kitchen to assist. There's bound to be some serious banter when ex World Champ Martin Potter gets on the mike to MC the gig, Pottz has cooked with us at two previous Surfing Chefs benefits...and don't tell him...but he's pretty sharp on the pans!"
Getting the right mix of "great chefs who surf, and who care" make this a world-class event, he adds. "With ex pro surfers Kerrbox and his good mate -- world champ Pottz, lubricated sufficiently with sensational booze, coupled with serious auction items...and you have an event that can't be missed: Surfing Chefs for SurfAid 2015 at The Bucket List."
SurfAid CEO Andrew Judge adds, "SurfAid is enormously grateful to the chefs, sponsors and guests that support SurfAid at this event. "The funds raised are critical to improving lives in extremely remote villages in Indonesia. SurfAid is the charity where the passion for surfing intersects with the passion for giving back."