Thirteen esteemed international chefs will join forces this October to lend their culinary skills to a world-class fine dining event to raise funds for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).
Brainchild of internationally celebrated Kiwi chef Peter Gordon, Skycity Dining for a Difference, has raised more than $1 million since the event’s inception in 2007. LBC helps support patients and families with blood cancers – leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related conditions.
This year, chefs from across both sides of the Tasman, as far away as Argentina are generously donating their time to each produce a four-course menu paired with wine.
Pablo del Rio from Siete Cocinas de Argentina in Mendoza will be producing his unique brand of Argentinian cuisine, while Kiwi chef Dwayne Cheer will be returning home from working at Potato Head in Bali for the event.
"I am thrilled to have so many talented chefs coming together in one kitchen, who so generously give their time with one main goal in mind - to help fight blood cancer," said Peter Gordon.
A small, exclusive auction held on the evening is always highly anticipated. Items under the hammer include a special home cooked dinner by Peter Gordon, entertainment from one of New Zealand's top artists and SkyCity progressive dinner packages.
Chefs participating in the Skycity Dining for a Difference include:
Peter Gordon / The Providores and Tapa Room and The Sugar Club, Auckland
Analiese Gregory / Bar Brosé, Sydney
Colin Barker / The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Sydney
Dale Gartland / Kauri Cliffs, Northland
David Moyle / Peppermint Bay and Franklin, Hobart
Dwayne Cheer / Potato Head, Bali
Ernest Pietx / Bellota, Auckland
Michael Meredith / Merediths, Auckland
Nick Honeyman / Paris Butter, Auckland
Pablo Del Rio / Siete Cocinas de Argentina, Mendoza
Tom Hishon and Josh Helm / Orphans Kitchen, Auckland
Vaughan Mabee / Amisfield, Queenstown