Award-winning celebrity chef Simon Gault in action.  Award-winning celebrity chef Simon Gault in action. CREDIT: Southern Public Relations

Award-winning celebrity chef Simon Gault cooks up a storm for Cure Kids

Tuesday 21 May 2013, 2:09PM
By Southern Public Relations


Queenstowners will have their first chance to see award-winning celebrity chef Simon Gault in action at a charity evening to be held at Jervois Steak House in the Sofitel Queenstown on (Saturday 1 June 2013).

The award-winning Mr Gault, who is also a judge on TV1’s Masterchef show, has prepared a special seven-course degustation menu for the event with all proceeds from the night going to Cure Kids.

The evening promises to be one of exquisite fine dining and high glamour with the sumptuous menu matched with spectacular award-winning wines from Cloudy Bay, Valli Wines and Mount Edward.

The menu, created by Mr Gault especially for the occasion, uses locally-inspired ingredients. Diners will sample delights such as 9+ Grade Wagyu beef carpaccio, king crab salad, and venison loin with black garlic paté, and an Indian pumpkin, brandy and worcestershire sauce.

The event, held at Mr Gault’s new Queenstown restaurant, is scheduled to coincide with this year’s Michael Hill International Violin Competition (MHIVC) and there will be some very special performances from this year’s competitors.

The star-studded charity event will be attended by competition patrons Sir Michael and Christine Lady Hill and offers locals the chance to sample Mr Gault’s sublime culinary delights for the first time.

It also offers a rare opportunity to experience some of the world’s finest young musicians here to compete in the competition held every other year in Queenstown and Auckland.

Jervois Steak House Manager Jason Medina said guests would be treated to a fabulous night of great food, wine and entertainment.

“This will be many people’s first chance to sample Simon’s amazing masterpieces and see one of New Zealand’s best chefs in action,” said Mr Medina.

“Simon will also talk guests through the menu and the wine matches imparting his extensive food knowledge and expertise.”

“It’s going to be a great night and people will be ‘wowed’ by the fabulous food, wine and entertainment. Glitz and glamour will be the theme of the evening.”

“It’s a ‘must-attend’ event on Queenstown’s social calendar,” said Mr Medina.

Mr Gault said he was “incredibly excited” to be able to lend his hand to the cause and relished the chance to create some “mouth-watering” dishes for the guests.

“Cure Kids is a very worthwhile cause and one I support whole heartedly,” said Mr Gault.

“The chance to finally showcase myself and the team’s delights to what will hopefully be a great Queenstown crowd is a privilege. We’re all stoked to be a part of what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening.”

“Most importantly it’s for a great cause.”

Tickets for the event are limited and priced at $175. Bookings are essential and can be made by emailing or calling 03 442 6263.

For those that wish to make a weekend of it and enjoy the MHIVC they can stay at the Sofitel Queenstown in conjunction with Touch of Spice. Based on two people sharing the package includes two night’s accommodation in a superior room, welcome glass of champagne on arrival, breakfast daily at Left Bank Café, VIP passes to the competition rounds at the Memorial Centre and the Cure Kids degustation dinner for two at the Jervois Steak House.

Prices start from NZ$570.00 per person based on a minimum two people twin share. To make your booking please contact Touch of Spice at or telephone 03 450 0855. The accommodation package offer is valid from the 31st of May to the 4th June 2013, and terms and conditions apply.