2012 Mental Health Institute Culinary Charity Challenge

On Friday 17 August 2012, Burt & Davies proudly hosted a VIP table at the 2012 Charity Culinary Challenge.  The event was held at Crown Palladium in support of the Mental Health Research Institute.

The evening saw top chefs from both Melbourne and Sydney battle it out.  Competing “head to head” for the title of “Best Food City” at this fundraising event.

Peter Gilmore (Quay) was the Sydney team captain and Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co) led the Melbourne team.  Sydney’s team comprised acclaimed chefs Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room), Justin North (Becasse) and Katrina Kanetani (Town Café and Restaurant).  The Melbourne team comprised culinary stars Ben Shewry (Attica), Philippe Mouchel (PM 24) and Philippa Sibley (the “Dessert Queen” of Albert St Food & Wine).  Teams were out to win.  The traditional rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney was apparent.  After a hard battle, the Melbourne team won by the very narrowest of margins.

Masters of Ceremonies, Geoff Jansz and Ann Peacock, did an outstanding job.  The audience was kept up with events on stage and in the Crown kitchens.  An expert judging panel headed by the Jacques Reymond (Jacques Reymond) included renowned food critics, Jill Dupleix and Terry Durack.  As guests of the event, we delighted in watching these amazing chefs prepare each course.  We also had the opportunity to eat each dish and join the panel of expert judges in judging each course.

Whilst experiencing some amazing gastronomical delights, most importantly we were also part of the effort to fund raise.  Funds were to be directed to Mental Health support efforts.   One in five Australians suffer from mental illness.  The numbers of people suffering from neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and MND disease are on the rise.  Both live and silent auctions were part of the evening to raise additional funds to aid research into mental illness.

Five of the world’s ten leading causes of disability are related to mental illness.  At Burt & Davies we often see clients, the victims of transport accidents, who suffer in the aftermath of an accident with such mental illness.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Adjustment Disorder with Depression and Anxiety is common among accident victims.  Fundraising activities such as the 2012 Culinary Charity Challenge are important.  Ensuring that new and innovative research can occur for the benefit of people who suffer with mental illness is vital.

For more information on how Burt & Davies can help you, contact either Peter Burt or Clara Davies, specialist Car Accident Lawyers & Car Accident Compensation Lawyers, Level 11, 451 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. They are both Accredited Personal Injury Lawyers who practice exclusively in Transport Accident Compensation & TAC claims.
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