LOCAL chef Federica Andrisani believes it’s the “small steps and small contributions” that add up to help achieve great things.
That’s why she’s excited to lend her time and skills to #CookForSyria, a nationwide fundraising initiative in aid of UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis Appeal for Children.
Ms Andrisani, head chef and co-owner of the European-inspired Fico Dining in Hobart, has always been motivated by cooking food for great causes and is thrilled to be supporting UNICEF as the not-for-profit organisation continues to provide lifesaving support for the children of Syria.
Born and bred in Naples, a city renowned for its food culture, Ms Andrisani has seen firsthand how food can bring people together and said she was excited by the prospect of sharing her passion for those in need.
“In Italy, everything is about food,” she said.
“Cooking for people and breaking bread with people is a very significant part of our life, so being able to be part of that as a career is very important to me.
“From when I started to cook the motivation was always love of food, culture and people.
“To be able to donate my time to support and help people, culture and community with food is something I am very passionate about.”
Ms Andrisani didn’t have to think twice when she was asked to join the all-star, all-female line-up of chefs set to collaborate on a unique, four-course fundraising dinner.
On 12 August, they joined forces to create a Syrian-inspired menu for more than 200 guests at NOMAD, one of Sydney’s best restaurants.
Ms Andrisani intends to put a twist on a traditional Tasmanian snack – the quail egg – as her dish of choice.
“We are hoping to serve them lightly pickled on a bed of charred eggplant and a little tahini, garnished with crunchy cabbage and toasted sesame seeds,” she said.
UNICEF hopes Ms Andrisani’s creativity and generosity will inspire others to get involved.
The #CookForSyria campaign invites everyone from top chefs and restaurants to people at home to cook and raise money which will help children affected by the Syrian crisis.
The global movement has to date raised more than $1.5 million to provide vital support for children.
Restaurants across Australia are invited to participate in August and September by putting a Syrian-inspired twist on an existing dish, or creating a new one, and donating at least $5 from each sale.
As the conflict in the middle-eastern country enters its ninth year, more than eight million children are affected and in need of vital support including clean water, vaccinations, education and psychosocial support.
Last year, UNICEF vaccinated almost 3.5 million children against polio, reached more than 850,000 people with nutrition supplies and provided some 4.6 million people with improved access to water supply.
“I think it is all about the small steps and small contributions that can help us achieve great things,” Ms Andrisani said.
“If more people have this mentality, we can have a more positive effect on humanity globally.”
Caption: Hobart chef Federica Andrisani will lend her culinary skills to national fundraising initiative #CookForSyria.