• Paul Butler NPC and Dave Burnet Oz Harvest

    Paul Butler NPC and Dave Burnet Oz Harvest

  • Paul Butler

    Paul Butler

  • Essential ingredient for trivia nights.........

    Essential ingredient for trivia nights.........

  • Genevieve Jacobs

    Genevieve Jacobs

  • Hans Van Haalen and Jess Sullivan

    Hans Van Haalen and Jess Sullivan

  • In front, Anna Johnson and Fran Marshall with behind Alice Lau, Eileen Tang, Garry Wong, Amelia Bidgood, Meriam Espela Aaron Meacham, Kristy Lam, Erin Bingham and Tim Lam

    In front, Anna Johnson and Fran Marshall with behind Alice Lau, Eileen Tang, Garry Wong, Amelia Bidgood, Meriam Espela Aaron Meacham, Kristy Lam, Erin Bingham and Tim Lam

  • Jack Blackwell, Rosie Robinson, Joanna Murphy, David Lovelle and Georgia Cowie

    Jack Blackwell, Rosie Robinson, Joanna Murphy, David Lovelle and Georgia Cowie

  • Hannah and Joshua Brinton and Ashleigh Wilson

    Hannah and Joshua Brinton and Ashleigh Wilson

  • Vivian Sinclair, Jerry and Monica Welsh, Claire Hirschfeld and Meredith Rowland

    Vivian Sinclair, Jerry and Monica Welsh, Claire Hirschfeld and Meredith Rowland

  • Stephen Toaldo, Katrina Lee, Sarah Toaldo and Dave Smith

    Stephen Toaldo, Katrina Lee, Sarah Toaldo and Dave Smith

  • Rohan Jacobsen and Alison Malmberg

    Rohan Jacobsen and Alison Malmberg

  • Brian Evans and Kate Palmer

    Brian Evans and Kate Palmer

  • Erin Taylor and John Nicholls

    Erin Taylor and John Nicholls

  • Anne Cameron, Ros Taylor and Gael Nicholls

    Anne Cameron, Ros Taylor and Gael Nicholls

  • Freya Brent, Matt Montesin, Peter Groves and Lou Cullen

    Freya Brent, Matt Montesin, Peter Groves and Lou Cullen

  • Dave Burnet and Dave Gordon

    Dave Burnet and Dave Gordon

  • Sophia Hamblin-Wang

    Sophia Hamblin-Wang

Food Lovers Trivia Night for Oz Harvest

7 March 2016

With a chef, a former restaurateur and a barrista in the family there’s a lot of food talk that happens around our tables. We’re opinionated, knowledgeable and experienced in many aspects of the industry with one, an occasional reviewer chuffed that three of her picks made it into the NSW Restaurant and Catering Awards.

We also argue about the flippancy associated with the chef/cook divide that is best explained like this.....a chef opens the refrigerator/cupboard/freezer and decides what to cook from the available ingredients. A cook makes a list and buys every last ingredient from the plethora of fine food emporiums now spreading into the ‘burbs and follows the recipe. A simplistic explanation of course, as in technical terms the chef has a legitimate qualification and the cook practices and learns along the way. And some of the best cooks should be called chefs and the worst chefs, cooks! And Master Chef should be called Master Cook.

But with an overwhelming number of cooking shows, even a whole network devoted to the good, the bad and the ridiculous from around the world and celebrity attached to someone putting food on a plate to flog a cookery book the desire for the simple increasingly pervades.

So a food lovers trivia event fundraising for Oz Harvest which benefits from our over catering to put good food into the community where it’s needed, brought out the chefs, cooks, bloggers and eaters. Held at the National Press Club in the room where we’re used to pollies purveying their palaver this trivia event was a test of all manner of knowledge for the teams involved with mobile phones banned and consensus among the players fascinating to watch.

Did I know the answers? Well the ones I listened to from MC and chef extraordinaire Paul Butler whose main job is as Food and Beverage Manager at the National Press Club ably assisted by Harry Stevenson, Executive Chef who keeps the Hellenic Club kitchens ticking over, before I scarpered home for a vegemite sandwich.

Yes I knew what a ‘spotted dick’ was - one interjector with an aside that had everyone laughing - and that a trebbiano grape is used for balsamic vinegar but as far as matching the celebrities with their cookery books, it was beyond me. But beware of Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘It’s All Good’ that will have you eliminating everything but a piece of lettuce and an organic tomato before you start again, so don’t go there. Find a grandmother who loves to cook, sit at her table and learn just as we used to before Margaret Fulton came along.

It was a fun night for these predominately yellow clad participants and for Oz Harvest a handy $5000 was raised on the night with support from a formidable array of suppliers among which were the covetable Furi knives, Solidteknics who make super frypans, the incomparable Tetsuya’s Restaurant, Bunamagoo Estate Wines, Hyatt Hotel, Rubicon and Hellenic Club.