Top comedians join Zambrero to tackle world hunger one burrito at a time


Mel Buttle agrees with Zambrero: there’s nothing funny about world hunger. So the fast rising comic star has joined forces with the Mexican restaurant franchise to Stand Up and Be Counted on Zambrero’s Plate 4 Plate Day next Thursday September 4.

Mel will voice a national radio ad promoting the charity day, on which Zambrero will donate two meals to the world’s hungry for every single burrito or bowl it sells. Mel will also turn her trademark blend of vulnerability and hilarity to making burritos at Brisbane’s Nundah restaurant (Circa Nundah Village,1 Aspinall Street) on Plate 4 Plate Day – catch her between 6 and 8pm.

Mel shot to fame after becoming the talk of 2010’s Melbourne Comedy Festival, cementing herself since among the country’s best through her radio stints, television appearances including The Project and This Week Live, weekly Courier Mail column, and critically acclaimed performances.

A host of other up-and-coming comedians will also Stand Up and Be Counted by performing live in a Zambrero near you: all 53 restaurants across Australia are hosting free, family friendly stand up gigs on Plate 4 Plate Day

Plate 4 Plate isn’t just an annual charity event; it’s Zambrero’s reason for being, its everyday initiative to tackle world hunger. For every burrito or bowl (all the goodness of the fresh and healthy burritos without the tortilla) sold, Zambrero donates a meal.

On Plate 4 Plate Day this turns into a double donation: for every burrito or bowl sold two meals are provided to someone in need around the world or in an underprivileged Australian community.

Since Zambrero was founded in 2005, Plate 4 Plate has donated more than 3 million meals.  The meals are distributed by international hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now, and in Australia through the country’s largest food relief agency Foodbank. Indeed Plate 4 Plate has proved so inspiring it has seen Zambrero receive two corporate responsibility awards and Virgin Mobile and Kellogg’s follow its lead recently.

So on Thursday September 4 grab your chance to Stand Up and Be Counted by dining at any Zambrero Mexican restaurant – while having a laugh as well.

Who’s on the bill: Plate 4 Plate Day September 4

  •  In Sydney’s Darlinghurst restaurant, high-energy Scott Thompson aka Carrot Top, former winner of the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up
  • In Melbourne restaurants, diners can enjoy Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festival favourite Anne Edmonds and Tom Siegert, most recently seen on Channel Nine’s AFL Footy Show, and Daniel Connell.
  • In Queensland, along with Mel Buttle at Nundah, comedy stalwart Greg Sullivan will appear in several Brisbane restaurants, Coolangatta and Ipswich.
  • In Canberra, laugh and dine with Chris Ryan, Shahed Sharify, Dave & Craig and Greg Kimball.
  • In Perth, WA RAW Comedy winner 2014 Matt Storer with 2013 winner Sean Conway and Sam Cribb and Darren Matthews perform
  • Diners in Wollongong will be entertained by Stu McPherson, founder of the city’s comedy festival as well as Craic House, the area’s main comedy club.
  • In Adelaide, see multi award-winning Michael Bowley

See the full list of comedians and performance times for each Zambrero restaurant at: