Gordon Ramsay coming to New Zealand

GordonRamsayTV chef Gordon Ramsay is heading to New Zealand in support of The Rising Foundation.

The Hell’s Kitchen, F-Word and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares star will headline a gala dinner as well as paying a visit to Papakura High School.

Let’s hope he actually makes it this time around.

Ramsay is headlining a glittering gala dinner sponsored by international appliance giant Beko, raising support and money for The Rising Foundation.

But before he entertains the movers and shakers of the corporate set at the ‘Dinner with Gordon Ramsay, brought to you by Beko in association with Paper Plus’ at Auckland’s Vodafone Events Centre on April 26, the star of top rating shows Hell’s Kitchen, F-Word, MasterChef US and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares will visit Papakura High School for a cultural experience delivered by some of the 600 children who are being assisted by The Rising Foundation as they rebuild their lives.

“It is a phenomenal gesture by Mr Ramsay,” the foundation’s chairman John Bongard said.

“There is nothing in his contract that says he has to do this school visit.

“He has agreed to come and meet the kids simply because he wants too and let me assure you, there are plenty of excited kids and teachers who can’t wait to meet Gordon.

“The fact that someone of his stature and fame is prepared to take time out of his schedule to come to South Auckland and meet the kids, well, that’s the measure of the man.”

Not an open public event, Mr Ramsay will receive a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome) a Karanga (welcome call) before mixing with a select group of invited children belonging to The Rising Foundation programme from Papakura High School, Pukekohe High School and Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate.

“Some of the children we deal with are severely challenged,” Mr Bongard said. “But in time we have seen them become peer leaders in their groups and as a result they, and their families, are in better positions to make better life choices.”

The Rising Foundation prides itself on long-term relationships with children they support.

“We usually start working with them when they are 13 and we stay with them for seven years,” said Mr Bongard.

“It’s a program we believe is transferable to other vulnerable communities throughout New Zealand so we’re very grateful to the team at Beko and Duco Events for choosing us as their charity of choice for this event.

“Not only will the money raised help, but the profile of having someone like Gordon Ramsay associated with the evening will hopefully alert other community leaders around the country about what we do and how we can help them.”

The school visit is only possible because of the sponsorship from Beko – the world’s 4th largest supplier of domestic appliances – who are responsible for bringing Mr Ramsay to Auckland for the banquet event Dinner with Gordon Ramsay brought to you by Beko in association with Paper Plus where guests will enjoy a four course menu – conceptualised from scratch by Mr Ramsay – a meal which will be matched with fine New Zealand wines.

The international appliance giant – the 3rd largest brand in Europe – only launched in New Zealand in 2012 and said the lure of aligning themselves with a dinner event headlined by culinary genius Mr Ramsay, and at the same time raising much needed funds for The Rising Foundation, was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“If we are going to make some noise in the New Zealand market we had to find a way to make consumers aware of us in a formidable and acceptable way,” Beko’s Managing Director Mike Goadby said.

“Gordon Ramsay gives us that opportunity and we are expecting that, along with a significant television presence, we will reach and excite consumers and get great buy-in from our dealers.”
Event organiser, David Higgins from Duco Events is excited about Mr Ramsay’s visit.

“Cooking’s hot right now around the world and there’s no bigger name in the world than Gordon Ramsay, so to have him here in New Zealand is a real coup,” Mr Higgins said.

“It has been refreshing too to see the enthusiasm both Mr Ramsay and Beko have shown for the night’s nominated charity.

“Both are passionate about trying to help the under privileged.

“On a personal level I’m looking forward to seeing Gordon in action.

“The entrée, dinner and dessert menu will be his design and he will give a speech on the night.

“As we know, Mr Ramsay is never short of an opinion…”

Date: Friday 26 April, 2013
Venue: Vodafone Events Centre
Time: 6pm – 11.30pm
Dress: Lounge suit or business attire
Menu: Four Course designed by Gordon Ramsay
Tickets: www.ducoevents.co.nz

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