Top chef joins star-studded Federal St

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 15:27 01/08/2012
Nic Watt
MICHAEL BRADLEY/Fairfax NZ

TOP CHEF: Nic Watt is set to open a new eatery on Federal St.

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One of New Zealand's top chef's is returning home to join the star-studded line up of restaurant on Auckland's Federal St.

Nic Watt is leaving London to open a Japanese Robatayaki-style restaurant in the SkyCity precinct early next year.

The new eatery will join Al Brown's award-winning Depot, Sean Connolly's The Grill and Dine by Peter Gordon on the CBD street.

Watt has cooked in some of the world's finest kitchens including the Kozue and New York Grill restaurants in Tokyo's Park Hyatt, and Nobu and The Rib Room in London. His restaurant Roka won the title of Oriental Restaurant of the Year in 2005.

He has also worked as executive chef at the exclusive Huka Lodge.

"Federal St is well established as the innovative dining destination for Auckland foodies and visitors. The addition of Nic's restaurant early next year will further strengthen that reputation," SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison said.

Watt said he was looking forward to returning to Auckland.

"It's really great to be home in New Zealand working with SkyCity on a restaurant concept that I am extremely passionate about."

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