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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Wyndham Executive Cooks for the Homeless

Wyndham Executive Cooks for Homeless at Queensland's first CEO CookOff

Wyndham customer experience executive, Adam Geneave joined a group of more than 150 business leaders and 50 top Australian chefs to cook for more than 1,300 homeless and vulnerable Australians this week.

Adam Geneave, Vice President of Customer Service at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific participated in Brisbane's inaugural OzHarvest CEO CookOff on March 7.

The OzHarvest CEO CookOff is the food rescue organisation's flagship annual event, aimed at increasing awareness on food insecurity, homelessness and food wastage in Australia. To date, the business community has raised more than $4 million dollars for this unique charity event.

"It was a humbling experience to participate in Brisbane's inaugural CEO CookOff event. We certainly believe in making a positive contribution to the communities in which our hotels and resorts operate. OzHarvest is a great initiative making a real difference in addressing the issues of poverty, homelessness, hunger and waste," said Adam Geneave of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.

Held in conjunction with a corresponding event in Sydney, this year CEOs and senior business executives cooked alongside an exceptional line up of chefs  including QAGOMA's Josue Lopez, TV personality Ben O'Donoghue and Dominique Rizzo at Brisbane's first ever CEO CookOff.

150 high-profile business leaders including Aussie's James Symond, Woolworths' Marketing Director Andrew Hicks, Barangaroo Delivery Authority CEO Craig van der Laan, TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman, Clorox GM Simon Durrant and HOSTPLUS CEO David Elia were split into teams and guided by star chefs to cook and prepare a three-course meal – feeding 1,300 homeless and disadvantaged people across Sydney and Brisbane.

Other companies that participated in the friendly culinary competition include: Goodman+ Property, Virgin Mobile, Macquarie Bank, PwC, Caltex, George Weston Foods and more.

Guests were also treated to a powerfully moving performance by the incredible Bangarra Dance Theatre.

CEO and Founder of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, encouraged the entire business community to get behind the fundraising efforts and to inspire leadership in corporate social responsibility.

"By taking part in the CEO CookOff, these corporate leaders and companies show that they care for the communities in which they operate. They also show a commitment to making a real difference and impact to the lives of people who are less fortunate," said Ronni Khan.

Wyndham Hotel Group South Pacific


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