TV personality Nigella Lawson is in the country and will be the guest of honour at a gala dinner on 25 January at the Langham Hotel in Auckland as part of a speaking tour held on both sides of the Tasman.
Tickets to the black-tie dinner range from $400 for a single ticket, to $8000 for a VIP table of 10.
The 56-year-old will then head south, to be guest of honour at an event held at ILT Stadium in Invercargill, where a VIP table of 10 is selling for half the Auckland price at $5000.
Event organisers evidently feel Aucklanders will pay more than Southlanders to see Lawson.
The celebrity cook took to Twitter to declare her excitement about coming to New Zealand, saying “more beauty ahead”.
Lawson, who arrived in New Zealand after sold out engagements in Sydney, revealed to an Australian audience at the Sydney Opera House that she keeps an “emergency stash” of condiments by her bedside for late-night snacking.
“One of my luxuries is that I like very expensive bed linen, and then I ruin it by dumping soy sauce on it. I have learned to keep condiments by the side of my bed. Maldon salt, English mustard, tabasco, a thicker chili sauce, and soy sauce,” she said.
The mother of two is also a fan of holding dinner parties at home in her pajamas.
The chef, journalist, broadcaster, TV personality and food writer will speak about her business success and culinary delights.
Guests will dine on a four-course meal, including New Zealand’s finest food and wine.