The National, Thursday 04th April, 2013
By MALUM NALU
AUSTRALIAN celebrity chef Manu Feideland and supermodel Kate Peck completed the gruelling Kokoda Trail yesterday to raise money for a cancer charity in Australia.
French-born Feidel and MTV host Peck were part of a group of 21 Australians who embarked on the nine-day trek on Tuesday last week and completed it yesterday.
Their aim was to change the lives of young people living with cancer, through a charity known as Can Teen and trekking company True Spirit.
Reigniting the spirit of teamwork, courage, sacrifice and endurance, they trekked the historic route through the jungles and mountains of World War 11.
Feidel, 40, is widely known for his participation in Australia’s cookery competition programmes Ready Steady Cook, MasterChef Australia and My Kitchen Rules.
He also achieved a solid reputation as a head chef at the restaurant Bilson’s before moving to open his own restaurant, Manu at L’Étoile, in 2009.
He also participated in, and won, Dancing with the Stars 2011.
Peck, 25, is an international model, calling New York her home for two years.
She travelled the world modeling for top brands and walked countless catwalks.
Last year, she was named Ambassador for the 2012 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, fulfilling her passion for all things motor sport.
Feidel praised the work of porters during the Kokoda walk.
“What I appreciated the most and we can all agree on as a group of 21, is the porters,” Feidel told reporters.
“They were so dedicated, so helpful, it’s mateship. Unless you do the track, you don’t understand what I’m talking about.”
Peck said although she had walked the world’s top cat walks, nothing compared to PNG.
“It was a life changing experience,” she said.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life. The country is so beautiful and your people are so beautiful.”