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TFE’s Argaman gets into the kitchen for the OzHarvest CookOff

OzHarvest 2015 CCO_Ronni Kahn and Rachel Argaman

The CEO CookOff is OzHarvest’s largest annual fundraiser, an extraordinary event which brings together Australia’s top chefs alongside Australian CEOs, Managing Directors and senior business leaders in order to prepare and serve an extraordinary three course meal to over 1,500 homeless people.

Top chefs including Neil Perry (Rockpool), Guillame Brahimi (Guillame), Shannon Bennet (Vue de Monde), Matt Moran (Aria) and Mark Best (Marque) will partner up with CEOs to raise over $1,500,000 for the provision of meals (an amount representing 3,000,000 meals) throughout the year and make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people across Australia.

2015 CCO_Main

This year the CookOff is taking place in in Sydney and one, for the first time, in Brisbane.

TFE Hotels CEO, Rachel Argaman, has participated every year since the inaugural cook-off and has been both Chairman and board director of OzHarvest for over five years.

Now going into 2016, having stepped off the board to become one of OzHarvest’s Ambassadors, Argaman is passionate about the work OzHarvest does.

OzHarvest 2015 CCO_Event Set up

“This extraordinary organisation, led by its founder, Ronni Kahn, is Australia’s leading food rescue charity,” she told HM. “It is an organisation of passionate, caring and capable people, who arrange for the pick up of quality surplus food from restaurants, hotels and Woolworths supermarkets, and redistribute them to people in need.

“Its purpose is to nourish our country. For those of us in the Hospitality industry who give food and accommodation to travellers it is the perfectly aligned charity,” she said.

OzHarvest 2015 CCO_Group Photo

Argaman said the CEO CookOff is a “perfect opportunity to come and participate as a volunteer, support the fundraising, or to nominate your boss to enter”.

“It is an extraordinary evening – humbling and inspiring and I always leave it uplifted, knowing we have given very deserving folk an incredible evening,” she said. “They look forward to it every year and so do I.”

To support Rachel and the CEO CookOff, visit

OzHarvest 2015 CCO_Rachel Argaman plating up

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