Ben Kloppers returned to hold centre-stage as auctioneer at the Variety of Chefs 2019 gala at SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland late last month.
The RE/MAX Realty Group broker owner’s skills aided the bids from a passionate and generous crowd to tally an impressive $50,000-plus through a series of live auctions.
This was the seventh year for the event, which brings internationally renowned New Zealand chefs to SkyCity Auckland to take guests on a sophisticated exploration of uniquely Kiwi cuisine and showcase the regions’ gourmet delicacies.
In an outstanding and record-breaking effort, more than $85,000 was raised to support disadvantaged New Zealand children.
Tickets to this annual event sell out quickly each year.
With Shane Cortese and Nadine Higgins sharing MC duties, guest speaker Dr. Alison Leversha, outrageous kitchen host Aziz Al-Sa’afin and remarkable chefs Nic Watt of MASU and Jonathan Granada of Otium, the event was a huge success.
“Everyone worked so hard to deliver a memorable night with incredible food, the fantastic array of local wines, craft beers and entertainment,” said Mr Kloppers, “and I’m always proud to be able to help Variety, the children’s charity, which works alongside schools, community agencies, social workers and healthcare professionals to identify kids in need and give them better access to the same opportunities as others and the foundation for a better future.”
Nola Kloppers, Broker Owner, RE/MAX Realty Group – M. 021 425 597
Ben Kloppers, Broker Owner, RE/MAX Realty Group – M. 021 425 599