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Here’s How to Win a Year’s Worth of Dining at Australia’s Best Restaurants

The season of excess has officially arrived but for one lucky winner, it won’t be leaving once the calendar flips over to 2023. Australian charity organisation The Bestest Foundation has teamed up with some of the best restaurants in the country to offer a ridiculous dining prize pack that will have foodies salivating at the very thought. How does a year’s worth of free food crafted by the best in the business sound?

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Matt Moran and the Aria team at the Bestest Chefs for the Bestest Kids gala in October | Image: The Bestest Foundation

Matt Moran and the Aria team at the Bestest Chefs for the Bestest Kids gala in October | Image: The Bestest Foundation

The Bestest Chefs for the Bestest Kids’ ‘Year of Indulgence’ raffle sees meals offered up every few weeks at iconic destinations such as Bennelong, Aria, Chiswick and Firedoor. A total of 17 restaurants are on board with the prize pool worth a whopping AUD$5,000, but there’s a catch. Only 400 tickets are available, with the raffle to be drawn and announced at midday on 20 December, so if you want to score the ridiculous giveaway, you best(est) get in quick.

Reading through the list of participating venues and chefs, Bestest Chefs for the Bestest Kids Year of Indulgence reads like a who’s who of the Australian culinary scene. From internationally-recognised farm-to-plate favourites like Matt Moran to our own degustation star Nelly Robinson, the talent on display is nothing short of world-class.

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Colin Fassnidge from Banskia Bistro at the Bestest Chefs for the Bestest Kids gala in October | Image: The Bestest Foundation

Even Netflix wonder-chef Lennox Hastie, who recently hosted a one-of-a-kind dinner with Scotch whisky legends The Balvenie is offering up a meal at his impossible-to-booked restaurant concept Firedoor. Here are all 17 chefs and restaurants dishing up luxe meals for the lucky winner.

  • Matt Moran and Thom Gorringe – Aria
  • Peter Gilmore – Bennelong
  • Josh Raine – Tetsuya’s
  • Sarahjane Brown – Cafe Sydney
  • Steven Snow – Fins Restaurant and Bar
  • Lennox Hastie – Firedoor
  • Colin Fassnidge – Banskia Bistro
  • Joel Bickford – Shell House
  • Alessandro Pavoni – a’Mare
  • Neil Perry – Margaret
  • Dan Hong – Mr Wong
  • Nelly Robinson – nel.
  • Harold Hurtada – Nobu Sydney
  • Alessandro Pavoni – Ormeggio at the Spit
  • Richard Ptacnik – OTTO
  • Matt Moran and Taylor Cullen – Chiswick
  • Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room

Importantly, the Year of Indulgence raffle isn’t just a chance to pig out. As with all competitions and events held by The Bestest Foundation, the proceeds will go towards aiding children in need. The unique foundation provides support to kids battling illness with funds raises helping to obtain equipment for their disabilities, gain access to education or to get urgent assistance when they are at risk. Since 2006, Bestest has raised over $7 million dollars and over 3,500 children have become part of the Bestest family.

The raffle comes just a few short weeks after The Bestest Chefs for the Bestest Kids gala managed to raise an incredible $880,000. That unique event saw 25 chefs, who despite the profound impact to hospitality due to the pandemic stepped up to support Bestest kids.

For those who manage a ticket in the raffle, the winner will be drawn later this month. Tickets start from $100 for one, all the way up to $1,000 for 20. To enter the running to win or simply to learn more about The Bestest Year of Indulgence giveaway, check out the link below. Good luck!

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Nick Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.