In a week when the hot topic is Lisa Wilkinson’s defection to Ten after Nine refused to pay her the same as Karl Stefanovic, her counterpart over at Seven, Samantha Armytage, would like to stay out of it, thank you very much.
Emcee of the exclusive Bazaar in Bloom black-tie dinner and charity auction in aid of The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation’s Fertility and Research Centre at the Ivy Ballroom on Wednesday night, the Sunrise host told Fairfax Media she would “absolutely not” like to comment on the situation that has ignited a conversation about equal pay for women.
But Armytage, who as a host can command a room like no other, did have time to remind the VIP-filled crowd who was winning the ever important ratings battle.
“It’s been a long week this week but [Sunrise is] Australia’s favourite breakfast show,” she laughed.
She sat at the top table alongside Harper’s Bazaar editor Kellie Hush in a white Alex Perry number (that she said she took from his showroom at Paris Fashion Week in September), a Fendi-clad Jesinta Franklin, Jessica Kahawaty in a one-off Zimmermann piece and publicist Annie Kelly, who pulled a Kate Middleton in a red, full-length Elie Saab gown that she first wore in July to Miranda Kerr’s wedding to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
More than $1.5 million has been donated this year to the Bazaar in Bloom event, with numerous familiar faces giving generously over dinner, including The Daily Edited’s Alyce Tran, who dropped $5000 towards an embryo storage tank, and hundreds more in the private auction.
“Being a woman any cause that will support another woman is worth looking into,” Tran said.
The proceeds will go towards the Fertility and Research Centre that provides public fertility and assisted reproductive treatment and services for all patients, regardless of socio-economic status.
Back across Darling Harbour on Monday night, toques and aprons were put aside as Australia’s culinary greats congregated at The Star for the annual Good Food Guide Awards.
The top honour of the night went to Ben Shewry’s Attica (in Victoria), winning Restaurant of the Year, while former MasterChef contestant Kylie Millar took out the prestigious Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year.
New Restaurant of the Year was awarded to Saint Peter, in Sydney, while Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year went to Tasmania’s The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery.
Out of more than 500 restaurants, only six achieved the top accolade of three hats, including: Attica (Victoria), Brae (Victoria), Minamishima (Victoria), Quay (NSW), Sepia (NSW) and Urbane (Queensland).
Speaking about the night, Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby told Social Seen: “The most exciting thing for us was to have the best Australian chefs, from Perth to Darwin to Sydney, some of whom have never met before, under one roof, clinking a glass. It was incredible.
“We are a country of collaborators, and while there will always be your fair sharing of razing behind-the-scenes, one of the most important things was that there was an atmosphere of respect.”
As seen on Sundays in The Sun-Herald’s S liftout.
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