Top Melbourne chefs come together to cook and raise funds for India

Chef Tom Sarafian, host Tony Tan and organisers Anou and Mischa Tropp are coming together for Daawat - Fundraiser for ...
Chef Tom Sarafian, host Tony Tan and organisers Anou and Mischa Tropp are coming together for Daawat - Fundraiser for India on June 6. Photo: Leah Traecy

Some of Melbourne's top chefs are banding together for a good cause on June 6, with all proceeds going to support the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India.

Mischa Tropp of We are Kerala, has joined with Anou from influencer agency anouconcept to create Daawat - Fundraiser for India, a communal three-course lunch for up to 200 diners taking place at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne.

Chefs including Mischa Tropp (We Are Kerala), Tom Sarafian (formerly of Bar Saracen), Nabil Ansari (Sunda), Helly Raichura (Enter via Laundry), Matt Wilkinson (Montalto & Four Pillars Gin), Kaylene Tan (Tonka, Coda) and Shannon Martinez (Smith and Daughters) will combine to prepare the three-course meal with alternating desserts.

On hosting duties will be food writer and chef Tony Tan and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's Pat Nourse.

Mischa explains: "Having spent most of 2020 in Bombay I witnessed firsthand the devastating impact the pandemic has had on India. As the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly, I have felt compelled to do something. I feel privileged to be in the situation that I am, where I am able to combine forces with the Australian Indian community and support a very worthy cause."

​All proceeds from ticket sales, additional donations and any money raised at an on-the-day auction will be donated to Khalsa Aid through the Victorian Indian Community Charitable Trust (VICCT). Khalsa Aid are using donations towards vital medical programs to support vulnerable communities and people across India.

Tickets are  $120 + booking fee per person – includes welcome drink, shared entrees, mains and alternating individual desserts. Drinks available for purchase, with proceeds going to the charity. 

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