Chefs will be cooking up a storm and locals will be indulging their tastebuds next week - all a part of raising money for a great cause.

This year's Supper Club, held on Wednesday night, is a unique event where ticket holders go into a draw to find out where they will be hosted for dinner.

Before the venues and tables are drawn, those taking part gather at the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside about 5pm where an auction is held.

This is the 10th year that Supper Club Rotorua has been raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.


In that time the annual event has raised just over $700,000 and all the money is used locally to run the two Ronald McDonald Family Retreats on the shores of Lake Rotorua at Ngongotahā.

Families with sick children who have needed to stay at Ronald McDonald House use the retreat as a getaway for the family.

A host of top chefs will next week be cooking for locals at the annual Supper Club fundraiser, including Rotorua's Natasha Whitewood and Hera Waitai from My Kitchen Rules New Zealand.

Natasha says this will be the second year she has cooked for the Supper Club fundraiser.

She says it is always good to come alongside local kaupapa with her cooking.

"I think it's a great charity for the community to get behind."

Natasha says it is a chance to support people who are already going through a lot.

"I think it's something necessary in our community to support. I've been in the houses and they are amazing."


She is also looking forward to reuniting with Hera and cooking together again.

"For both Hera and I, we are working on different projects. It's about us coming back together and supporting something locally together. We are looking forward to it."

The dishes she will be cooking will be in her style of Māori fusion inspired by travel and family favourites, she says.

Also among the cooking line-up is top chef Martin Bosley and Vanessa Baxter from MasterChef New Zealand's 2013 episode who will host a table at the Rotorua Fire Station.

Pure Cruise is putting on a dinner on Lake Rotoiti and Toi Ohomai students led by Johnny Chemis will host tables at the Tea Rooms.

There will also be some tables at 10-yearly favourites Ciccio Italian Cafe and also Under The Sails and the Tree Walk in the Redwoods, where brothers Rotorua MP Todd McClay and Eurest owner Steve McClay will be in charge.


The event itself sold out months ago and six more tables on a waiting list.

However, there are still tickets up for grabs in a raffle that will see the winner drive off in a new car valued at more than $36,000.

Nicholson United Autos on Lake Rd has donated a new Nissan Qashqai to the 2019 Supper Club.

There are only 500 tickets costing $100 each and the winner, drawn on Wednesday next week, will get the car - and the option of choosing their own colour.

To buy a raffle ticket, email Linley Parry at