MasterChef judge George Calombaris was thrilled to throw open the doors of his Melbourne restaurant Hellenic Republic Kew for a dinner in support of children's charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia. Dubbed the 'Finalists' Feast,' the four-course meal featured dishes from George himself, as well as MasterChef 2017 winner Diana Chan, runner-up Ben Ungermann and finalist Karlie Verkerk.
George kicked things off with a tsoureki and fava dip meze course, followed by Karlie's baby octopus in XO sauce with charred greens. Diana provided the third course - slow-roasted lamb shoulder with heirloom carrots, barley, baby beets and lemon tahini yoghurt, while Ben closed the evening with a dessert close to his heart, Dutch My Pumpkin.
All ticket profits were donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia, raising over $7,600 for the organisation that helps young people facing serious adversity through mentoring programs.