In just over three weeks, the City of Sails will transform into the City of Meals as Auckland Restaurant Month gets underway.
More than 100 restaurants across the city will offer special menus over the month-long celebration.
Along with the public launch on August 1, where chefs from The Grove, District Dining, Euro, Roxy and Depot will combine to create a "walking degustation" within the Imperial Lane development on Fort St, the big guns are coming out every Wednesday night for a series of celebrity chef takeovers.
Each week, a well-known chef will take up residence in someone else's restaurant, and details of the menus each famous face will offer have just been announced.
On August 8, Australian MasterChef judge Matt Moran will join his Kiwi counterpart, Simon Gault, at Euro for a five-course meal inspired from his own restaurant, Aria. On the menu is cured salmon with earl grey tea and avocado; Peking duck consommé with dumplings; bass grouper; roasted lamb rack, ending with pedro xinenex ice cream.
Fellow MasterChef alumni Josh Emett is the star on August 15, as he brings his first New Zealand restaurant Rata to Auckland for one night only. Emett will be based at District Dining, and will collaborate with the restaurant's chef Warren Turnbull to deliver a menu based on slow cooking and big flavours.
The week after, in a special homecoming, UK-based, New Zealand-raised chef Monica Galetti will deliver some of her Michelin star-winning magic from London restaurant Le Gavroche. Based at The Grove, Galetti will serve up a six-course meal, including a ragout of oysters, octopus, lamb, panna cotta and a chocolate mousse on August 22.
And wrapping up the month will be the powerhouse trio of Federal St: Depot's Al Brown, Sean Connolly from The Grill and Dine's Peter Gordon. The three chefs will deliver a once-in-a-lifetime three course meal, plus canapés across their respective restaurants.
Tickets are $250 per person for each of the celebrity chef events.
Auckland Restaurant Month starts on August 1. Ticket information is available from iTicket.
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