Young patients judge Top Chefs to find their 'Flavorite' tomato recipe
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,
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
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
“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.
#MADDIESMONTH #FIGHTLIKEMADDIE #CHERRYBURSTTOMATOES
Take me to the cook-off recipes!
Nick Mahlook from The Atlantic : Warm Octopus Salad
Johnny di Francesco from 400 Gradi: Margherita Pizza