Chefs and CEOs cook up for a good cause

The annual OzHarvest CEO CookOff raised more than $2.6 million to help feed people in need.
The annual OzHarvest CEO CookOff raised more than $2.6 million to help feed people in need.

Industry leaders and top chefs joined forces to raise more than $2.6 million as part of the annual OzHarvest CEO CookOff.

Held at Sydney's Royal Hall of Industries on Monday night, the event saw some 1,500 people from vulnerable communities served a gourmet dinner.

Top chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Julie Goodwin and Manu Feildel signed up to prepare and serve the meal to guests with the help of industry leaders and corporate teams.

Governor of NSW David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley were also set to join in the kitchen.

Australian singer Daryl Braithwaite performed live for guests at the event.

The eighth annual OzHarvest fundraiser will provide more than 5.2 million meals to help feed people in need.

OzHarvest ambassador and chef Neil Perry said it was a big night for chefs as they rarely get to all cook together.

"I love the kitchen camaraderie and the simple act of serving good food with respect and dignity, to people who often don't know where their next meal is, is extremely meaningful," Mr Perry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Peter Gavaghan and his team from IMC Trading topped the fundraising stakes with some $213,000.

Mr Gavaghan, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific for IMC Trading, said the team loved every minute of the event.

"Our eyes were truly opened to the number of people needing food relief," Mr Gavaghan said in a statement.

Australian Associated Press