Turning the Tables
Welcome to Turning the Tables 2019
From 1–30 April 2019, restaurants, cafés, food retailers, and producers will join the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to raise funds to help Australian children grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food in order to form positive food habits for life.
There are many ways to show your support in April.
Diners can opt to add a small donation to their bill or drop a coin in a donation box at participating businesses.
An online auction will take place from 18–28 April, where you bid to nab dining experiences and gift vouchers. Save the date!
You can also support the work of the Kitchen Garden Foundation by donating directly.
"From everyone here at the Foundation – thank you so much. Without you we simply could not continue to pursue our vision – to teach children positive food habits for life."
- Stephanie Alexander AO, restaurateur and food writer
Meet the Campaign Heroes
Chef Director, Grossi Restaurants
Chef and restaurateur Guy Grossi is the owner of Grossi Restaurants – Grossi Florentino, Merchant Osteria Veneta, Ombra Salumi Bar, Arlechin Food and Wine Bar, and Pezzo. Guy, a recent Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute, is recognised as one of Australia’s leading authorities on Italian food. He shares his knowledge and experiences in his bestselling books: Love Italy, Recipes from My Mother's Kitchen, My Italian Heart, Secrets and Recipes and Cellar Bar. Guy’s philanthropy involves committing much of his personal time and funds to young people in need and to mentoring others.
Chef and Owner, Billy Kwong
Kylie Kwong is synonymous with modern Chinese cooking in Australia. A third-generation Australian, she has drawn on her southern Chinese heritage to reinterpret Cantonese cuisine, combining uniquely Australian ingredients with traditional Chinese cooking methods and flavours. Kylie’s food celebrates partnerships with the local community and long-term collaborations with suppliers and producers. Her advocacy extends to community organisations, including the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation whom she is proud to support.
Chef and restaurateur, Pastuso and Uma
Chef Alejandro Saravia is widely credited with introducing Peruvian cuisine to Australia’s food culture. In addition to his own critically acclaimed Melbourne restaurant Pastuso, Alejandro is creating his trademark high-quality Peruvian-focused dining experience at Uma at Pan Pacific Perth. Alejandro celebrates local ingredients from local producers offering a sustainable approach.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Cook, teacher, and author of Ostro
Julia is a cook, author and teacher. Her work celebrates simple ingredients, seasonal produce and the joys of coming together at the table. Julia is influenced by her Maltese upbringing and her time spent living in Tuscany. Julia also taught the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Fitzroy North Primary, in Melbourne’s inner north. Her debut cookbook Ostro was released in 2017 and short-listed for Illustrated Book of the Year by the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) in 2018 and Gourmet Traveller’s Best Food Books for 2017.
Chef and Kitchen Garden Program alum
Emma Cook is a passionate food lover, Box Hill Institute student and finalist in the Young Chef Olympiad 2017. Emma studied a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, and is now Commis Chef at the RACV Club in Melbourne. Her passion for food has been inspired by her participation in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Whitehorse Primary School (one of the first schools to take up the Program), helping her dad out in the kitchen, and working at her uncle’s catering company.
Founder, Melbourne Farmers Markets
Miranda Sharp is the founder of Melbourne Farmers Markets, the not-for-profit company coordinating seven accredited farmers’ markets in Melbourne. A retired caterer and food writer, Miranda has cheerfully devoted 30 professional years to the local food industry, and is committed to strengthening the connection between urban communities and Victorian farmers. She lives in a backyard-tomato-growing suburb in Melbourne’s north with her family, including a feisty puppy and six chooks.
Chef, author and restaurateur, Pope Joan and The Pie Shop
Originally from Yorkshire in northern England, Matt Wilkinson is a chef, author and passionate advocate for ethical farming. He loves nothing more than getting his hands dirty gardening, camping and fishing and has never been one to say no to a martini. Matt is the owner of Pope Joan (currently popping up in Melbourne’s CBD) and The Pie Shop in Melbourne’s East Brunswick. He is the author of three best-selling cookbooks: Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables, Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads and Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s How it is at Home.