The Australian food community rallies as 6.2 million children in need of urgent help

The humanitarian crisis after Syria and Türkiye’s earthquake destruction has left more than 850,000 children homeless and millions of others needing food, supplies, emergency medical and psychosocial assistance.

On the ground in Syria for more than 50 years and Türkiye for more than 70, humanitarian aid organisation UNICEF is working to provide everything from hygiene kits and vaccines to winter clothes, heaters, and blankets. Separated and unaccompanied children and those who may have been exposed to traumatising experiences also desperately need help. 

Not only have chefs from across eastern Australia volunteered their time and creative energy to raise vital funds for these young earthquake survivors  – TV personality and chef Manu Feildel the latest to join the crew – but key produce suppliers such as Fishtales’ John Sussman, Cape Grim beef and Patron tequila have also donated top-drawer ingredients and drinks.

It’s all part of the extraordinary Bring Your Support to the Table dinner (this Sunday, March 26 at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney) where generous ticket purchasers will see all funds (minus credit card and booking fees) go directly to UNICEF. 82% will be used for UNICEF’s vital programs on the ground.

Hosted by TV and radio personality, Melbourne-based Matt Preston, the very special, and intimate evening will feature Rockpool chef Corey Costelloe’s Syrian seven-spiced butter on Cape Grim rib-eye, whole roasted lamb from Colin Fassnidge (of MKR and By Fassnidge fame) along with poached clams with sujuk, almonds and tomato from Melbourne’s Shane Delia (Maha group). OzHarvest chef Jez Wick’s “rescued” meze will include pickles, dips and ferments and Brisbane’s Ben Williamson (Agnes) is contributing harissa quail with wheat, whey and curry leaves. Expect an authentically delicious Turkish dessert from Melbourne’s Coskun Uysal (Tulum).

It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the talent of Melbourne and Brisbane stars along with some of Sydney’s best. And, at $750 per person, a beautiful way to demonstrate true generosity for those so tragically in need.

Türkiye is home to the largest number of refugees in the world and has shown incredible generosity to its Syrian neighbours. 1.7 million registered refugees have been affected.


A very special dinner for Türkiye and Syria
Sunday March 26 2023
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney
66 Hunter Street
6pm for 7pm seating$750 per person, including drinks*

Bookings at


*halal options available and dinner time will coincide with Ramadan observance

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