Sydney to Cook For The Bush this Sunday 12 January

Top chefs band together with Surry Hills’ NOMAD in support of Australia’s bushfire crisis

This Sunday 12 January, Sydney’s hospitality industry will join forces with the team at NOMAD to #cookforthebush in support of Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis. With such an incredible response to the brunch, which sold out within a few hours, NOMAD has expanded the fundraiser event, with a bake sale takeover within GoGo Bar at Chin Chin, as well as a rooftop lunch at Paramount Recreational Club. 100% of proceeds from the day will go directly to the Australian Red Cross.


NOMAD’s Executive Chef, Jacqui Challinor has rallied more than 35 of Sydney’s top chefs and venues, including Aria, ester, Firedoor, Fred’s, Icebergs Dining Room + Bar, Quay, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Sixpenny with more expected to come on board in the coming days. Kicking off at 10am this Sunday, the chefs will collaborate on a custom à la carte brunch menu that will be available at NOMAD Up The Road until 3pm, as well as a range of takeaway baked goods that will be available for purchase next door at Chin Chin until sold out. From 12pm onwards, guests can reserve a two hour time slot for $250 at the rooftop lunch at Paramount Recreation Club with roaming canapé-style dishes. Palisa Anderson from Boon Luck Farm will be donating produce for the event while the neighbouring bar team from Tio’s will prepare cocktails and ST ALi and Single O will provide coffee for the brunch and bake sale.

“After feeling completely helpless for weeks, I realised that as a community working together, we could have more of an impact than I ever could alone,” says Challinor. “Feeding people is what we do best so it makes sense that we take that and turn it into something truly valuable. What is happening in our country is completely heartbreaking and it's going to take community spirit, not just money to build us back up again.”


A full list of the current chefs who are confirmed to cook and create a dish at Sunday’s fundraiser include Aaron Ward (Sixpenny), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit), Alex Herbert (Bird Cow Fish), Alex Prichard (Icebergs Dining Room + Bar), Andy Bowdy (Saga), Carol & Sharon Salloum (Almond Bar), Colin Fassnidge (My Kitchen Rules), Corey Costelloe (Rockpool Bar & Grill), Danielle Alvarez (Fred's), Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), Federico Zanellato (LuMi), Graeme Hunt (Chin Chin), Guillaume Brahimi (Bistro Guillaume), Hamish Ingham (Banksii), Ibrahim Kasif (Stanbuli), James Viles (Biota), Jacqui Challinor (NOMAD), Jamie Gannon (Banksia Bistro), Jarrod Walsh (Hartsyard), Jason White (Firedoor), Joel Bickford (Aria), Julian Cincotta (Butter), Martin Boetz (Cooks Co-op), Max Smith (Cho Cho San), Michael Nicolian (Continental Deli & Bistro), Michael Rantissi (Kepos Street Kitchen), Mike McEnearney (Kitchen by Mike), Nathan Brindle (ester), Nic Wong (Icebergs Dining Room + Bar), Peter Gilmore (Quay), Rhiann Mead (Bennelong), Sam Kane (Bert's), Stefano Marano (Apollo), Stuart Toon (Rocker), Sujet Saenkham (Spice I Am), Travis Harvey (OzHarvest) and Troy Rhoades-Brown (Muse).

Alongside the brunch and bake sale, NOMAD will host a silent auction, which will conclude on the evening of Sunday 12 January, selling a generous collection of vouchers and experiences than span the hospitality industry. Silent bids can be made online at or across social media in the coming days or in person at all three participating outlets on the day. NOMAD encourages any and all other venues from within the Sydney hospitality industry to come forward with additional contributions before Sunday.


Due to the overwhelming response and support from the industry, the NOMAD team are currently working on additional initiatives to be announced in the coming days and weeks. Reservations for the rooftop lunch are now available at





Brunch: 10:00am–3:00pm

NOMAD Up The Road

85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010


Bake Sale: 10:00am until sold out

Chin Chin GoGo Bar

69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010


Rooftop Lunch: 12:00pm–6:00pm

Paramount Recreation Club

Level 2/80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010


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