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Renowned chefs Nic Watt (MASU, Auckland) and Jarrod Di Blasi (EZARD, Melbourne) will take diners on a sophisticated, street-food-inspired culinary journey through the SKYCITY Variety of Chefs’ night market, supporting Variety – the Children’s Charity.

On 17 August, the culinary duo will work their magic in the kitchen to raise much-needed funds for disadvantaged Kiwi kids.  The event will be the fifth anniversary of the SKYCITY Variety of Chefs dinner, and will blend black tie fine dining and an eclectic night market atmosphere.

Di Blasi and Watt will create a unique five course dinner inspired by the vibrant flavours, fragrances and colours of Asian markets.

Hosted by Toni Street, of Seven Sharp and The Hits, and Peter Williams of TVNZ One News, with live and silent auctions and fantastic entertainment, SKYCITY Variety of Chefs is an event not to be missed.

SKYCITY Variety of Chefs is a fundraiser for Variety – the Children’s Charity. Variety provides targeted, flexible support to meet the needs of thousands of disadvantaged children across New Zealand. Its programmes include Kiwi Kid Sponsorship, which matches generous New Zealanders with a disadvantaged child to provide essentials and opportunities; Bikes for Kids, which provides hundreds of bikes to children across New Zealand; and Gold Heart Scholarships, which provide funding for outstanding athletes, musicians and artists to help them follow their dreams.

Lorraine Taylor, CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity says: “The fifth anniversary of Variety of Chefs will be something completely different for Auckland, from the inventive menu to the amazing transformation of the SKYCITY conference centre into a night market. We’re grateful for Nic’s dedication to Variety, and for Jarrod who is crossing the Tasman to co-create this incredible evening in support of Kiwi kids.

“Variety of Chef’s is vital in allowing us to continue our work to give disadvantaged children access to the same opportunities as other kids, a happier, healthier childhood and the foundation for a better future,” says Ms Taylor.

Jarrod Di Blasi is an award-winning, Michelin-trained chef, whose innovative dishes have earned him the Good Food Guide’s coveted ‘Young Chef of the Year’ title for 2016-2017. He is Head Chef at EZARD, a multi-award winning fine dining restaurant in Melbourne specializing in unusual combinations where flavour is paramount.