Chef’s charity cuisine


A top Queenstown chef’s preparing to whip up locally-inspired cuisine as part of a star-studded event to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Amisfield Bistro executive chef Vaughan Mabee’s one of 15 top Australasian chefs donating their time and expertise for the Dining for a Difference event, to be held in Auckland next Saturday night.

The fundraiser’s the brainchild of renowned chef Peter Gordon, who wanted to give something back after his sister was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 1994.

Mabee says Gordon’s become a good friend of his, and he was “humbled” by the chef’s charitable work.

“I’m really honoured to be part of it, it’s a great event.”

The biennial event sees 300 guests presented with a four-course menu and matching wines. There is a draw on the night where guests find out which chef will be cooking for their table.

Diners lucky enough to find themselves at Mabee’s table are in for an Otago-inspired menu.

“We’re doing some foraging, we’re bringing up products from Bluff, like paua.”

Other top chefs on the line-up include Al Brown, Nic Watt, and Kasey and Karena Bird.

Mabee, who’s been based at Amisfield for about three-and-a-half years, has also worked globally at places such as The Sky Room in California and the test kitchen of Martin Berasategui in San Sebastian, as well as training at Noma in Copenhagen.

For more info or to get a ticket phone Annabel on 021 823 176