Mark your calendars, internationally renowned chef Nic Watt is set to put on another stellar evening of fine food and wine at the charity event of the year, SKYCITY Variety of Chefs.

Hosted and MC’d by much-loved broadcaster Mike McRoberts, the 31 August event will raise funds for New Zealand’s favourite children’s charity, Variety – the Children’s Charity.

To be held at the SKYCITY Convention Centre, the black-tie event will see Watt and his chosen supporting chefs take attendees on a sophisticated exploration of uniquely Kiwi cuisine.

Watt, who has been a strong supporter of Variety since 2013 when the idea of a charity dinner was first introduced, says he is ‘looking forward to bringing the event back to its roots and delivering a menu that celebrates New Zealand’s finest local produce and flavours’.

“To understand the work that Variety does I visited a family the charity had been supporting and what struck me was that this family was in my community – right nearby,” Watt says of his ongoing commitment to Variety and its cause.

“It was at that point I realised just how important the work of Variety is, and how many families there are, in every community, that need their support.”

With major partners SKYCITY Auckland and Ford onboard yet again, Variety’s chief executive officer, Lorraine Taylor, says she is looking forward to another outstanding event, which is a key feature on the charity’s fundraising calendar.

“This event really does make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged Kiwi kids across the country. In previous years we have seen a great turn out, with attendees generously supporting the work we do,” she says, adding that over $400,000 has been raised to date.

“For this, we are so grateful, but more progress still needs to be made. Now is just as important as ever for all of us to work together to continue to support Kiwi kids and ensure everyone under the age of 18 has access to basic essentials such as school stationery, warm clothing and extracurricular activities.”

Taylor adds that the event, like always, will make for a fantastic night out for all involved.

“With gourmet cuisine, wine matching and a fantastic atmosphere on offer, all while supporting disadvantaged Kiwi kids, this is one not to be missed.”

On sale now, tickets are priced at $245 for individuals; gold tickets cost $390; a premium table of 10 is $2450; and a gold table of 10 is priced at $3900.

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