Top chefs team up to help Matt

Matthew Golinski
Matthew Golinski Supplied

SOME of the nation's best-known chefs have joined forces to raise money for popular celebrity chef Matt Golinski, who continues his recovery in hospital.

More than two months after a fire at their Tewantin home claimed the lives of Mr Golinski's wife and his three daughters, a new campaign has been launched to raise money for him.

Plates for Mates is a national fundraising event calling on the support of restaurants to raise money for Mr Golinski and the McComb Foundation.

Mr Golinski suffered third degree burns to 40% of his body in the Boxing Day fire which claimed his wife Rachael and their daughters Starlia, Willow and Sage.

The Plates for Mates campaign is the brainchild of Mr Golinski's friend Alastair McLeod, a fellow chef from the TV show Ready Steady Cook and the executive chef of Brisbane's Bretts Wharf and Tank restaurants.

Mr McLeod came up with the idea with fellow chefs George Calombaris, Manu Feildel, Damian Heads, Gary Mehigan and Janelle Bloom, all of whom are close friends of Mr Golinski.

"As an industry we are 'hospitable' by nature and one of our own has had this terrible tragedy happen," Mr McLeod said.

Mr McLeod spoke to Mr Golinski on Christmas Eve and said it was a hard reality to accept when he first learned of the tragedy.

"After initially feeling powerless about how to help our friend ... we had the idea to combine our love of cooking with our love for Matt and his family," Mr McLeod said.

"George, Manu, Damian, Gary, Janelle and I call on our fellow restaurateurs and eateries to join us in devising fundraising activities to be held during the month of April.

"It is up to the individual business to determine how they wish to participate, for instance, they can hold one event, stage several events or do something every day in April.

"It might be as simple as adding 20 cents to the price of a coffee."

For more information visit

Topics:  chefs fundraiser matt golinski plates for mates

Drug driving: back pain and sentence negotiations

A flowering cannabis plant. File Photo.

Man in court for using marijuana for pain four days before driving

Hoo8Hoo hitting all the right notes

PERFECT HARMONY: Brothers Tim (left) and Sam Aitken, aka Hoo8Hoo, will be hitting the Gympie stage on Sunday afternoon for the Rush Festival concert.

Brothers Tim and Sam Aitken will be taking to the stage as Hoo8Hoo.

Hartwig questions need for sewerage restructure

Councillor Glen Hartwig.

Letter to the editor: Gympie Cr Glen Hartwig raises more concerns

Local Partners

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

The Summer that Melted Everything

See what happens when you invite the devil to town

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly drowned while filming

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar winner almost drowned in Galapagos

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track