Chef Nick Honeyman is living his ambition to chase the sun cooking in summer restaurants around the world and he is bringing his restaurant Le Petit Leon to Wanaka in January for four nights only.

South African born Nick is a co-owner of Le Petit Leon, an eatery found in the small village of St Leon sur Vezere in Dordogne, which opens for only nine weeks every summer.

“I use the best produce from the region, collecting the ingredients from the market each morning,” said Honeyman.

“It’s high energy and simple food using the best ingredients and it is this experience and flavour I will bring to Wanaka.”

Honeyman said that he is thrilled to have the opportunity to be based in the heart of Central Otago and to make the most of the region’s summer produce. Dinner will be a four-course degustation that can be enjoyed with four matched Central Otago wines or with drinks available by the glass. Le Petit Leon Wanaka will pop up at The Venue, corner of Cardrona Valley Road and Orchard Road.