Brisbane foodies will flock to Stokehouse Q next month for an evening of secret Food Therapy, to raise funds for Beyond Blue.

Held on Thursday 9 June at Stokehouse Q, Food Therapy features six courses designed and cooked by Brisbane’s leading Head Chefs – Ben Williamson of Gerard’s Bistro, Jake Nicolson of Blackbird and Matt Wood of Stokehouse Q – as well as raffles, auctions and games.

For a bit of suspense, all courses will be kept secret until the night and it will be up to guests to guess the chef for each course.

The dinner was the brainchild of Stokehouse General Manager, Peter McMahon, who was looking for an opportunity to give back while collaborating with other prominent restaurants in Brisbane and celebrating the city’s brilliant and thriving food scene.

“When I think of restaurants that are at the top of their game in Brisbane, Gerard’s and Blackbird immediately come to mind. I also thought it would be a real pleasure to work with Jake and Ben – both are such lovely guys,” Peter says.

“Food Therapy is a celebratory collaboration for people who love food, both in the kitchen and as diners.”

As for the charity, “it was Jake’s (Jake Nicolson) idea,” Peter says.

“We had a discussion about mental illness; it’s something that I think touches us all – especially in the hospitality industry. The stress, hours, and lifestyle of working under intense pressure in restaurants is all too often the perfect storm for mental illness, and all too often it’s also unseen in the workplace.”

At $250 a ticket, all proceeds of the event will go directly to Beyond Blue.

Peter says, “We hope to make this dinner an annual event, rotating between the three venues so we may support other charities and problems facing Australians in years to come.”

Food Therapy will be held on Thursday 9 June at Stokehouse Q in South Bank. To book phone (07) 3020 0600 or visit www.stokehouse.com.au