Plates for Mates was a 2012 national fund raising initiative originally conceived by a group of Australia’s leading chefs – Janelle Bloom, George Calombaris, Manu Feildel, Damian Heads, Alastair McLeod and Gary Mehigan – as a way to express their care, concern and support for friend, Matt Golinski. Matt tragically lost his wife, Rachael and their three daughters, Starlia, Willow and Sage Golinski in a home fire on Boxing Day 2011. Matt sustained third degree burns to over 40% of his body.
Funds raised as a result of Plates for Mates fundraising initiatives have been distributed to Matt via the Matthew Golinski Recovery Fund Trust and also to The McComb Foundation and other charities. In an incredible display generosity, Matt ‘paid it forward’ by donating funds raised for him to others and in particular to help other burns survivors.
Cruise for Mates is a further fundraising initiative. It too will raise money for the charities of Matt’s choice. Two fabulous rive cruise holidays are on offer – each are hosted by the 6 wonderful chefs involved in Plates for Mates. If you would to learn about Cruise for Mates please click here.
The Plates for Mates Team would like to extend our (and Matt’s) heartfelt thanks to the band of Matt’s ‘merry mates’ – the six talented and kind chefs on this page; along with the hospitality community, mums, dads, carers, grandparents, kids, friends, teachers, students, corporate participants, sponsors and media friends who helped make Plates for Mates a reality. Matt continues to amaze us all with his remarkable courage and strength as he continues his journey to recovery.