As an end of year surprise, a charity “cook off” had been organised by Volvo Bus management as a way for their team to bond while, at the same time, giving back to the community.
“We wanted to support OzHarvest in their quest to reduce the amount of food that is thrown away because as an organisation, Volvo Bus is passionate about reducing waste all around,” said Sean Copeland, General Manager, Volvo Bus Australia.
“Through the Cooking for a Cause program, we were able to give back to the community and at the same time convey our appreciation to the Volvo Bus team, CMV Truck and Bus , WA Truck Centre for their dedication throughout the year.”
Usually united in work, the 20 Volvo Bus staff, including Sean, were divided into three groups and pitted against one another, Master Chef style, to develop the best dish of the day.
Each team had one hour to plan, shop and cook 12 meals that would soon be delivered by OzHarvest to various charities throughout the Sydney area.
An OzHarvest chef was on hand to judge each team’s dishes.
In the end, team Taking Care of Business (or TCB) emerged victorious; impressing the chef with their dish entitled “Elvis Would Eat It, Chicken”.
Despite not winning top billing, the runners up – The A Team and Team Geeza agreed that helping those in need made everyone feel like a winner.
“It was a really fun day that everyone really enjoyed,” said Grant Mascord, Contracts Support and Technical Services for Volvo Bus Australia and proud Team Geeza member. “We were able to come together as a team and give back to our community.”
OzHarvest is the nation’s leading food rescue operation. By “rescuing” food that would otherwise be discarded by restaurants and catering venues, OzHarvest delivers around 480,000 meals per month to the hungry.