Gastronomes around the country are being challenged to host a French dinner party - with the help of celebrity chef Manu Feildel - to help save lives from breast cancer.
The French-born My Kitchen Rules host is urging all bon vivants and food lovers to whip up a special three-course meal for to raise money for world leading research organisation Breast Cancer Trials.
While international travel is off the menu right now, what better way to satisfy your wanderlust then by inviting a little bit of France into your home instead?
Not au-fait with French cuisine? Don't panic, says Manu, who has designed a menu for the 3 Course Challenge. All you need to do is register as a dinner party host then join Manu for a livestreamed cooking class on August 29 where he will also dish out tips and tricks.
Hosts will have the chance to interact with Manu, asking him questions about his French menu throughout the livestream.
Manu jumped at the chance to get behind the 3 Course Challenge fundraiser after his mum, Evelyne, was diagnosed with breast cancer eight months ago. In Australia one in seven women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.
While Evelyne's cancer was detected early and she is now doing well, Manu said watching his mum go through treatment was a challenging time. "Chemotherapy is a smack in the face. It really takes over the body," he said.
It was Manu's mum who sparked his love for creating dishes while raising him in Nantes, France, and he credits Evelyne with teaching him everything he knows about food and cooking.
Manu said he still remembers watching his mum chopping apples for a sweet tarte tatin (apple tart) and it is the pleasure of these moments he has spent his life trying to recreate. He said he hopes the 3 Course Challenge will offer food lovers all over Australia the chance to share in that pleasure.
As part of this cooking event, dinner party hosts will be asked to reach out to family and friends to support them in their challenge, by donating to life-saving breast cancer trials research.
Dinner party hosts will be also given all the elements they need to make their event a fun French feast including access to a French music playlist on Spotify, templates for invitations and French games to play.
Hosts are being invited to hold their dinner party on the evening of August 29 or anytime until September 14.
Organisers of the event remind party hosts and guests to still adhere to the social distancing guidelines, and the public and social gathering rules in your local area, state or territory.
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