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Waste not want not – Wiley chief turns chef for a day

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Wiley Managing Director Tom Wiley is participating in a unique initiative to cook for the less fortunate while raising awareness of food wastage. Mr Wiley will join some of Queensland’s best chefs at Brisbane’s first OzHarvest CEO CookOff on 7th March to cook a three-course meal and share it with 1,000 homeless and disadvantaged guests.

The Brisbane-based Wiley is an engineering-led design solution business servicing the food industry, delivering more efficient and effective ways to produce and process food, and working with clients such as Huon Aquaculture, Harvest Fresh Cuts, Primo and Heinz Golden Circle.

Confirmed chefs at the OzHarvest CEO CookOff include celebrity chef Ben O'Donoghue who stars in the TV show Aussie Barbecue Heroes, Javier Codina of Brisbane's Moda, Ben Williamson, executive chef of Gerard's Bistro, and the darling of Queensland’s foodie scene Dominique Rizzo of Putia Pure Food Kitchen.

Eager to use his cooking skills to give back to the community in Brisbane’s first CEO CookOff, Mr Wiley underlined the company’s passion to bring food and people together in a better way. He explained that the CEO CookOff was about bringing food to those who needed it most, while also presenting an opportunity to address pressing food issues facing society such as food wastage.

According to Mr Wiley, they partner with their clients to develop innovative food manufacturing solutions, with every project seen as a new opportunity to improve global food security.

OzHarvest founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said the OzHarvest CEO CookOff presented a great opportunity for Australia’s business leaders and top chefs to connect in a very meaningful way with those who were less fortunate.

Wiley aims to raise $20,000 to support OzHarvest’s work feeding Australia’s homeless and disadvantaged via food rescue programs, and reducing food waste by redistributing quality, excess food from commercial outlets to charities around the country.

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