Renowned chefs will host a charity gala on Saturday, June 9 to raise funds for an initiative to feed thousands of people living in the Ayeyarwady Delta.
Organized by World Chefs Without Borders and Myanmar Chefs Association (MCA), the five-course dinner at Pullman Hotel Yangon will launch a campaign to mark the 10th anniversary of Myanmar worst recorded disaster, Cyclone Nargis.
Seventy chefs from 24 countries traveling to Myanmar at their own expense and donating 1,000 euros each will cook 4,000 meals for passersby outside Shwedagon Pagoda’s south entrance at 6am on June 10.
The following morning the chefs will board a cruise ship to the delta, where they will donate some 8,000 meals and 8,000 aid bags to people affected by the cyclone. MCA has a history of helping people in the region—especially in the aftermath of the cyclone, when it donated fishing boats and helped build a shelter.
In addition, about 150 orphans will be given school bags and equipment, the group’s dentist and doctor will visit a local hospital, and all of the cooking utensils—10 gas burners, 20 pots, stirring spoons—will be donated to local communities.
MCA president Oliver E. Soe Thet also hopes to release thousands of native fish in the rivers in order to boost the local ecosystem. Other top chefs presenting courses in the gala and joining the cruise include Singaporeans Tony Khoo and Louis Tay, Kam Kui Mak from Hong Kong, and Philippine pastry chef Buddy Trinidad.
Tickets to the charity gala cost US$100 before 30 May and $125 after 30 May. Buy 10 tickets and get one free. Contact the Myanmar Chefs Association on 01 501 123 or Ma Kay Khaing at email@example.com