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Maddie's Month 2018

31 Oct 2018

Maddie's Month 2018

Young patients judge Top Chefs to find their 'Flavorite' tomato recipe 


Johnny di Francesco from Gradi Group and Nick Mahlook from Atlantic Group will present their ‘flavorite’ recipe for Flavorite Cherry Burst tomatoes in a cook-off for Maddie’s Month at Gradi, Southbank, Wednesday 31 October, 2018. Judges include Bone Marrow Failure patient Blake Dridan and Pheonomenom founder, Alice Zaslavsky.

The cook-off will launch Maddie’s Month during which a portion of sales from Flavorite Cherry Burst and Cherry Vine tomatoes, available exclusively at Coles, will fund critical research to find a cure for Bone Marrow Failures Syndrome.

Johnny di Francesco says,

“The Cook-Off provides a fun and delicious way to raise awareness for Maddie’s Month. We aim to create a recipe that kids especially will love, so we will let Blake and Alice be the judge on the day. By providing a tasty recipe, we hope to see the winning dish create more reasons for kids to consume tomatoes all around Australia during November”

For the third consecutive year, Flavorite aims to raise around $100,000 for “Maddie’s Month” to support research into bone marrow failure syndromes.

As part of Maddie’s Month, leading glass-house tomato producer Flavorite Tomatoes is donating 10 cents to Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision for each specially marked pack of Cherry Burst and Cherry Vine tomatoes sold at Coles.


Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision was founded by the Riewoldt family in June 2015 following the tragic death of Maddie Riewoldt from bone marrow failure.

Nicky Long, CEO of Maddie’s Vision said the Cook Off was a unique and fun way to kick off a month-long initiative to raise funds and awareness for a critical medical issue.

“The Cook Off is the perfect way to raise awareness for Maddie’s Month and will involve some of Australia’s best foodies. We are delighted the decision about the best tomato recipe will be made by Blake who knows first-hand how terrible Bone Marrow Failure is,” she said.

“The ongoing support from Flavorite and Coles provides us with a commitment to help fund important research and ensure others don’t face what Maddie went through.”

“Maddie’s Vision has a single focus – to fund the urgent needs in medical research that will discover improved treatments and a cure for BMFS."

The donation from Flavorite will assist research into genome editing of haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells aimed at uncovering novel therapeutics for Aplastic Anaemia and other Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS).


The Research Project 

The research project, led by Dr Yih-Chih Chan and Professor Mark Dawson, continues Maddie’s Vision commitment to a greater understanding of, and cure for, Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.

Flavorite co-founder Mark Millis battled a blood cancer and knows from personal experience how critical medical research is to finding better patient outcomes.

Marks’ son Chris, Farm Manager, said:

“Bringing these popular chefs together to create a Flavorite recipe takes our partnership with Maddie’s Vision to a new level. Together, we can widen the awareness of what Maddie’s Vision has set out to do and continue to aim to find a cure for Bone Marrow Failures.”

Coles General Manager Fresh Produce, Brad Gorman, said Coles was delighted to team up with Flavorite for Maddie’s Month.

“Flavorite started supplying Coles 24 years ago and we applaud them for their ongoing dedication to supporting Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision. Coles’ customers can also show their support for this important cause by buying Flavorite’s specially-marked pack of Cherry Burst and Cherry Vine tomatoes during November,” he said. 


Currently BMFS patients have a narrow range of treatment options and an uncertain future. Current therapies are not well tolerated and patients, most often children, teens or young adults, and their families, live months of a very disruptive life; long hospital stays, followed by weekly hospital check-ups and managing side effects.


Take me to the cook-off recipes!

Nick Mahlook from The Atlantic : Warm Octopus Salad  

Johnny di Francesco from 400 Gradi: Margherita Pizza