After two-failed appearances and an out of court settlement, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is finally expected to arrive in the country to host a charity dinner in Auckland later this week.
Ramsay is due to headline a four-course dinner in Manukau on Friday, organised by event company Duco, which last year settled a $1.4 million legal claim against the star of Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares after he twice withdrew from similar events.
"Not only will Ramsay design the menu from scratch, but he will regale and mesmerise you with tales of his extraordinary life and career and how he made it to the top of the game," promises the event promoter.
The "celebrity VIP table", accommodating ten guests for $10,344, is sold out but fans of the famously fiery chef may still be able to get their hands on a single seat for $574.
The event promoter will be eager to see Ramsay arrive in the country after he first failed to appear at an event he was headlining three years ago.
Ramsay was first due to speak in June 2010 at dinners in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but withdrew, saying that his mother was ill, and he also cancelled rearranged dates in October that year for "business reasons".
Duco alleged "fraudulent misrepresentation" and claimed $2.1 million, including Ramsay's $100,000 fee.
Ramsay flew to Auckland last March to negotiate a settlement, which included the chef paying $100,000 to the Chance2Eat Trust and Matisse Reid, a girl with a rare intestinal disorder who was to be the dinner's charity recipient.
Ramsay is also due to appear at Smith & Caughey's on Auckland's Queen Street on Saturday morning to promote his range of kitchen ware.
- with Fairfax