Pillars of long table lunch get their just deserts

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Chefs' Long Table Lunch co-founder Leonnie Kershaw, Rational State manage Clive Gilbert, Rational chef Mac Cousins, Lunch vice-chairwoman Ellen House and co-founder Don Hancey are all looking to the future and how to make the event even better.
Camera IconChefs' Long Table Lunch co-founder Leonnie Kershaw, Rational State manage Clive Gilbert, Rational chef Mac Cousins, Lunch vice-chairwoman Ellen House and co-founder Don Hancey are all looking to the future and how to make the event even better. Credit: Callum Hunter

Organisers of the Chefs’ Long Table Lunch have officially recognised three event cornerstones for their involvement, support and contribution of the long running community event.

Lunch co-founder Don Hancey, Rational Ovens State manager Clive Gilbert and chef Mac Cousins were presented with certificates of appreciation at the Hospitality Road Show on Tuesday by fellow co-founder Leonie Kershaw.

“Don was the first chef I went to in 2004,” Mrs Kershaw said.

“I had catered all over the State with Don and knew that if I could get him on-board with his expertise as a food ambassador for WA products, we would get it (the event) on the road.”

Mr Hancey said the recognition was a celebration of the effort made by a big number of volunteers and innovations that had helped shape the lunch.

Rational Ovens has been supplying ovens for the event for the past five years — something Mrs Kershaw said ensured the lunch remained a banquet and not simply a barbecue.

“It’s to show appreciation of their support of the event and supplying us the amazing ovens on the day for the other chefs to promote their dishes through,” she said.

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