Matt, Gary and George Cook for India in world’s longest cooking demo

Former MasterChef judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris are set to reunite for the first time in 18 months in a marathon cooking special to raise funds for Covid-19 relief efforts in India. India holds a special place in the hearts of the three- they have a long association with the country having visited many times, and have many fans there.

The live event on 19-20 June will run from 3pm on Saturday 19 June to 3am on Sunday 20 June (AEST). It will include cooking demos, conversations with the three hosts in the kitchen, guest appearances by renowned local chefs and personalities as well as live crosses to globally recognised chefs and cooks from around the world.

Matt, Gary and George will spend 12 hours together hosting live demos and interviewing culinary friends from around the world whilst cooking their favourite dishes. The live stream will cross to cities across the globe as they wake up.

Viewers will have the opportunity to interact with the three hosts, ask questions in real time, and chew the fat with international stars of the culinary world including Heston Blumenthal and Massimo Bottura, and beloved Aussies including Shannon Bennett, Karen Martini, Manu Fieldel, and MasterChef alumni Justine Schofield, Khanh Ong, Sashi Cheliah and Poh Ling Yeow.  

Some of India’s most famous chefs have also joined, including Manu Chandra, Ranveer Brar and Bollywood’s Vidya Balan. Currently India is in the midst of the worst Covid-19 outbreak the world has seen, recording more than 400,000 cases a day at its peak, with thousands of deaths daily. Matt, Gary and George’s mission is to bring together the international culinary community to raise as much as possible to support the relief efforts.

Just $15 will provide a much-needed PPE kit to frontline workers and $445 a vital oxygen cylinder to save lives of those affected, according to Oxfam India who will be one of the charities benefitting from the funds.

The cooking special will be hosted on YouTube. Viewers can buy a ticket starting from $30 to tune in, with all proceeds going to charities in India supporting people affected by the pandemic. There will also be an opportunity to donate additional funds, and all money raised will go to reputable charities Oxfam India, Seeds, and Goonj.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite

Additional donations can be made through Give2Asia Australia

Date: 19 – 20 June 2021
Time: 3pm – 3am AEST
Platform: Youtube
Ticket sales: Eventbrite
Donation platform: Give2Asia Australia
Cost to view: AUD$30, with option to donate

Source: Give2Asia Australia