It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to attend the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation's 2013 Silver Ribbon Exposure Gala on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Presented by Australia's leading lifestyle magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveller and Grand Hyatt Melbourne, this year's Gala promises to be an evening of delicious food, perfectly matched wines and exciting entertainment!
In 2013 we dedicate the 'Gala' event to the inspirational life of Sarah McCarthy.
The evening's Hostesses will glide through the night - beautifully dressed in glamorous Witchery dresses, shoes and jewellery and with their hair and makeup stylishly provided by the exceptional team at L'Oréal Paris.
A highlight of the night will of course be the specially designed menu created in a collaboration of some of Melbourne's favourite celebrity chefs including Guy Grossi, Ian Curley, Andrew McConnell, Frank Camorra and Jason Camillo.
All proceeds raised at the event will go towards ovarian cancer research. In Australia alone, one woman dies of ovarian cancer every ten hours. The Foundation is therefore committed to changing this devastating statistic. Advancing research will enable us to gain a better understanding of this insidious disease and ultimately find an early detection test to help save lives.
We thank you sincerely for your help and look forward to seeing you at this memorable evening.
Share and post moments of the Gala night using the hashtag: #ocrfgala2013 via your social media channels.
Editor's Welcome Note
Australian Gourmet Traveller, the country's leading food and travel magazine is delighted to once again support ovarian cancer research through its association with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. We have worked with the Foundation for the past nine years with the aim to increase community awareness and through our exclusive Reader Dinners around the country, raise funds to prosper research into an early detection test.
We are thrilled, in conjunction with the Foundation, to be presenting the 2013 Silver Ribbon Exposure Gala at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. The event, one of the highlights of the Foundation's calendar, promises to be a chic feast inspired by the fabulously decadent Jazz Age captured in The Great Gatsby featuring fine wines from Yering Station & Yarrabank Sparkling, beer courtesy of Trumer Pils and sparkling drinks by Splitrock and Tiro. This year the menu has been designed by some of Melbourne's finest chefs; Guy Grossi, Ian Curley, Andrew McConnell, Frank Camorra and Jason Camillo, all inspired by the elegance (and wild parties!) of the 1920s social scene in Long Island, New York so poignantly captured by F.Scott Fitzgerald in his American masterpiece. Thank you to the chefs and their teams who have donated their precious time and expertise towards this very special night.
The team at Australian Gourmet Traveller is proud to support ovarian cancer research and we look forward to our continued partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation's vital research endeavours.
Thank-you for your support and look out for the February issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller which will feature coverage of the event.
See you on the dance floor.
Editor, Australian Gourmet Traveller
GRAND HYATT MELBOURNE
Grand Hyatt Melbourne is delighted to be a Presenting Partner for the 2013 OCRF Silver Ribbon Exposure Gala Ball, along with its Executive Chef, Jason Camillo who will be curating the final menu in tandem with the celebrity chef line-up.
Perfectly poised on Collins Street in the heart of the city's shopping, dining and theatre scene, Grand Hyatt is the perfect base from which to explore the magic of Melbourne. Renowned for its 5-star service and facilities, guests can relax in modern comfort with floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the spectacular skyline.
Devour Melbourne's best buffet breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, Collins Kitchen, or enjoy a drink from the 2,700 bottle wine wall at ru-co bar. Other first-class facilities include City Club, the largest hotel 5-star gym in the region whose highlights include the Level 10 open-air tennis court in the midst of the cityscape.
Step inside a whole new world at Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
One of Australia's favourite hosts, Catriona Rowntree will once again masterfully conduct the evening's proceedings. An acclaimed television presenter and author, Catriona has been a passionate supporter of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation since first being asked to host the Gala back in 2004. The decision to become involved in the Foundation was easy as she quickly fell in love with everyone – from Liz Heliotis, CEO and Co-Founder to the courageous women whose lives have been affected by ovarian cancer.
Spurred on by the horrific statistics that one Australian women dies every ten hours from this disease, Catriona has proudly stepped into the role of an OCRF Ambassador and when asked will do all she can to help reduce this statistic.
Executive Chef, Jason Camillo, has been at the helm of Collins Kitchen since its inception in 2008 and hails from the hallowed Barossa Valley – one of Australia's best known food regions. His philosophy, and indeed Hyatt's, is one of sustainability, reducing the restaurant's carbon footprint, and supporting the local industry. A clear passion for regional produce is evident from the procession of finessed rustic dishes on the menu, and inspired by his Italian heritage. Plus, his devotion to seasonal ingredients ensures that every meal sings with the finest flavours and the produce does the talking.
Jason's personable nature lends itself perfectly to the dynamic set-up of Collins Kitchen, where guests can watch him prepare mouth-watering dishes straight from the pan. Not only has he won a swag of awards, but has cooked for an impressive roll call of food critics including tennis superstar Andy Roddick, the Queen and U2 rock band.
We are honoured to have Jason involved in this special event at the Grand Hyatt and thank him for his support of the OCRF.
Guy Grossi is a leading Australian chef, presenter and food and media personality. He is the owner and head chef of Grossi Restaurants including esteemed international and Australian restaurants: Melbourne's iconic Grossi Florentino; Merchant Osteria Veneta; Ombra Salumi Bar; Mirka Continental Bistro and Grossi Trattoria, Bangkok.
His dedication to 'la cucina Italiana' has awarded Grossi many accolades, including an award from the Prime Minister of Italy and a Melbourne Award in recognition of his dedication to raise the profile of Melbourne throughout Australia and abroad.
Grossi is frequently sought to present his love of and expertise in Italian culture and hospitality both in corporate settings hospitality industries and across many media platforms including both international and national television and radio. On television he appears on popular lifestyle programs including MKR and has also joined Maeve O'Meara as co-host of SBS's Italian Food Safari. Guy has worked with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation for a number of years and we are very humbled to have him as an Ambassador.
Chef Ian Curley moved to Australia from the UK in 1988 after honing his skills in classical cuisine London's finest restaurants. After gaining renown whilst working at the Point restaurant in Albert Park, Curley became Executive Chef at the European group of restaurants, encompassing seven different venues and five kitchens including the namesake European and the Supper Club. Curley does a radio spot twice a week on 3MP talking about food and has appeared on television shows such as the Circle, MasterChef and hosted his own reality show, Conviction Kitchen, which taught recently released prisoners skills to enable a new start in life. Curley is a passionate supporter of many charities including Youth Projects, which helps establish a drop in-centre for the homeless and mentally ill, the Starlight Foundation and of course, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation of which he is an ambassador. Curley is also a shocking dancer, a golf tragic, “a nuisance partner” – his words - to Nicole and “fabulous father” to Cooper and Cassidy.
Gourmet Traveller's reigning Chef of the Year Andrew McConnell is Executive Chef and co-owner of four Melbourne restaurants. Cutler & Co in Fitzroy, opened in 2009, reflects McConnell's unique vision of the fine dining experience – informal but polished - and his passion for exceptional, often unusual, seasonal produce. The restaurant has received Restaurant of the Year awards from both Gourmet Traveller and The Age Good Food Guide. In 2008 McConnell opened the super-stylish all-day eating house and bar Cumulus Inc. Melbourne's CBD. Cumulus Inc. the cookbook was published in October 2012 by Penguin Lantern. In February this year, he opened an informal wine bar Cumulus Up. St Kilda's Golden Fields, McConnell's modern Asian restaurant, opened in 2011 and is informed by his experience working in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In April 2012 McConnell became co-owner of the Builders Arms Hotel in Fitzroy which comprises a bar, bistro, garden and smart dining room called Moon Under Water. Early next McConnell will open another restaurant in the CBD, all-day Asian eatery Supernormal.
Frank Camorra is one of Melbourne's most unique chefs. While he trained under the Grossi family in Italian cuisine at their original Café Grossi in Toorak, he has subsequently become an authority of Spanish food with his various outposts of the MoVida franchise which he co-owns. In 2000 and 2001, Camorra returned to work in Spain and was inspired by both the modern and traditional aspects of Spanish cuisine as well as the dynamic tapas culture, which he thought would translate well to Melbourne's vibrant CBD and this is how the seed for the empire was planted. Since opening in 2003, MoVida has grown to include three establishments in Melbourne's CBD, as well as Bar Pulpo at Tullamarine Airport, MoVida Sydney in Surry Hills and most recently MoVida @ Sydney Airport.
This year Camorra was awarded the inaugural Cruz de Oficial de la Orden del Merito Civil by the Consulate-General of Spain recognising his “outstanding work, fruitful initiatives and exemplary persistence in the performance of duties beneficial for Spain”. An award-winning author of four cookbooks, Camorra now enjoys regular media appearances including MasterChef, Channel 10's The Circle, SBS's Food Safari, Rick Stein's Food of Spain, has a weekly newspaper and online recipe column.
Chong Lim is one of Australia's foremost Musical Directors and Producers. His work on Dancing With The Stars is watched by millions each week.
Chong has produced multi-platinum albums for David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Mark Vincent amongst others, written music for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2002 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 2006 Asian Games, Doha and The Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010. Chong has also been Musical Director for Kylie Minogue's Intimate and Live Tour, Olivia Newton-John's One Woman's Journey Concert Tour and the stage version of Dirty Dancing.
Tonight, Chong has put together an array of musical entertainment for your pleasure.
Andrew Morello, winner of the first season of The Apprentice Australia, credits his strong work ethic for his success. Morello's lifelong exposure to the property industry and business, natural enthusiasm and outstanding sales skills mean he is adept at providing people with the service and outcome they are seeking.
Morello grew up with an interest in real estate and business, a passion he pursued through completing his real estate license and moving into the profession, with outstanding results.
A natural leader from his days at St Bernard's College onwards, Morello tries to find new ways to step outside his comfort zone whenever he’s not at work. He enjoys helping people to reach their full potential, and believes in the power of relationships and the opportunities they can create.
As Morello says, "Relationships are always an important part of life. And I mean all relationships - friendship, love, relationship by choice, relationship by birth. Learn what makes them tick, why they sometimes go wrong, what one can do about it, and why they are so precious." Morello is now Head of Business Development at Yellow Brick Road, and is working closely with Executive Chairman Mark Bouris to further grow Yellow Brick Road’s expanding branch network.