Best Restaurants spends Christmas lunch with the families of children suffering from cancer

Celebrity chef and cancer survivor, Alessandro Pavoni, joined forces with Best Restaurants of Australia yesterday to bring Christmas cheer to a small group of parents and kids who have been affected by cancer. Channel Ten and Woman’s Day came to show their support for the event, which was held at Alessandro’s restaurant, Spiedo, in the new Westfield complex.

The children helping Alessandro make gnocchi

Talking to the parents, they said it was a special occasion for themselves, and their children, as many do not have the opportunity very often to go out for a meal as a family. Everyone was full of praise for the superb meal that Alessandro prepared and Alessandro’s wife, Anna, deserves a huge thanks for not only organizing the event but also, taking time the time to talk to the all the gorgeous kids.

The families enjoying Alessandro's gorgeous food

There was lots of giggles as the kids helped Alessandro make gnocchi and when Santa (aka Scott Winter) came out with a sack of presents.

TOP 10 Editor Scott Winter presenting the gifts

I was delighted to present a $5,000 Best Restaurants of Australia Gift Card to Anastasia Sokolova from the Cancer Council, to go towards fundraising for cancer research and to give families the opportunity to spend some quality time together by going out to a restaurant.

Chef Alessandro Pavoni and Maureen de Groot with the $5,000 gift card

After the meal, Alessandro was whisked off to Dawes Point to be interviewed by the stunning Magdalena Roze, just prior to the weather broadcast on Channel Ten at 5.50pm.

It was truly one of the most delightful and gratifying events that we have been a part of and we are very pleased to be able to help the work of Cancer Council Australia.

For further details and to make a donation go to

To watch the event on video, click here.

Have a very Merry Christmas,


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