Jimmy Pham

VietHarvest Cookoff 2023

I have joined the first-ever CEO CookOff Vietnam to raise funds for VietHarvest to Nourish Our Community in Vietnam. I will be cooking alongside 10 of Australia and Vietnam's top chefs and other business leaders. We will be serving up meals to charity and social impact leaders and packaging up meals for those in need.

VietHarvest was established on 5 June 2020 however Covid delayed its official launch until June 2022. Currently operating in Hanoi and expanding to Ho Chi Minh City, VietHarvest collects quality surplus food from commercial food businesses and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities that help feed underserved communities and individuals. 

With your generous support, we can make a big difference and help to protect people and the planet.

The CEO CookOff brings together 50 Business leaders and top chefs to raise funds for this critical organisation. 

Jimmy Pham AM is the unstoppable force and visionary founder behind Vietnam’s leading social enterprise KOTO (Know One, Teach One). Over the last 21 years, KOTO has impacted the lives of over 1000 street kids and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. Mr Pham had a deep desire to build an enterprise that would give street kids back their dignity. KOTO teaches hospitality skills over a two-year period and often becomes the catalyst for the trainees continuing on to work in prestigious hotels and restaurants around the country or partake in further study at Australian universities. An independent evaluation of KOTO alumni found 100% employment rates continued one year, five years and 10 years after graduation. Other criteria KOTO uses to assess its social impact include career growth, salary increases, quality of life improvements, personal satisfaction and participants’ contribution to their family, the wider community and KOTO.

Born in Saigon and raised in Sydney, Jimmy has now successfully operated in Vietnam’s hospitality sector for over 20 years. Jimmy’s long history running KOTO has seen him develop extensive experience in the social justice space, and build vast business networks within Vietnam. His high visibility among both expats and local Vietnamese has long been an asset to the community and he can often be found mentoring socially inclusive businesses into thriving institutions in Hanoi through the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion. KOTO was named finalist for the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award and was also awarded the inaugural UNICEF Vietnam Zero Award for Social Innovation for its work championing the rights of children and youth. Jimmy was recognised as a World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader in 2011, and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the community through KOTO in 2013. Jimmy received South Korea’s POSCO TJ Park Prize in 2017 and has now been featured on CNN, BBC, LA Times and The New York Times.

“In the world today, now more than ever before, we are faced with so many challenges. Instilled in the belief that if one life-breath a bit easier because I exist, then that is truly the meaning of success”

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Wow! Thanks for delivering so much goodness!

$10,000 raised –Your stellar efforts are recognised! Thank you!

Target Increased

Thank you to my Sponsors


Luong Huyen

Thank you very much for all your amazing things you have done Anh. You are my hero and inspiration for not only me but also many others. Keep inspiring us Anh.




Marco Fazio

Thank you for creating this amazing initiative!


Dana Doan

Wonderful initiative... I look forward to seeing what you and your co-chef cook :)


Xavier Saint-arnoult


Hieu Class 4 Koto Saigon

Em chúc anh thành công trong CEO Cookoff event của VietHarvest ạ!


Vy Van

Thank you for your contribution to our society.


Marla Minow


Louise Tran


Jacqui Kay Goldenberg

Jimmy - you are someone I have long admired. Meeting you 23 years ago, inspired me & changed the course of my life. Thank you

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