Spy's dream dinner party guest list

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Thursday, 26 January 2017, 8:07PM
Anika Moa, Manu Feildel and Gilda Kirkpatrick. Photos / Instagram
Anika Moa, Manu Feildel and Gilda Kirkpatrick. Photos / Instagram

The table is set for the first annual Spy Dinner Party. The fancy flatware and stemware have been dusted off, the champagne is on ice and the festivities are about to get underway.

But who is on our guest list?

Manu Feildel

There's only room at the dinner table for one of the new judges of My Kitchen Rules NZ, so we're plumping for Frenchman Manu Feildel over his co-host – and rumoured sworn enemy – Pete Evans.

We're sure both would be delightful company, but we prefer a dinner guest who is wildly enthusiastic about sauce over one who might espouse the virtues of good gut health while we're trying to heap a second serving of pudding on to our plates.



Gilda Kirkpatrick

There is also only room at the table for one of the Real Housewives of Auckland. It was a tough choice but we’ve decided that spot should go to Gilda Kirkpatrick.

We quite fancy pretending we know something about astrophysics while we chat to her about her line of astronomy books and we could swoon over whichever pair of divine shoes she's decided to wear from her seriously impressive collection.

Oh, and there's a good chance she would bring along a bottle of Cristal with her.



Sam Neill

Actor Sam Neill is next on our guest list. We imagine he is full of interesting anecdotes, with lots of good stories about famous types overseas.

He also isn't afraid of a little robust debate, what with his takedown of Piers Morgan on Twitter earlier this week.

And he'd also bring wine, obviously.



Anika Moa

Um, who wouldn't want to invite Anika Moa to their dinner party?

The singer and chat show host would bring all the LOLs to the table, even if she is apparently going through a grumpy "I quit sugar" phase at the moment.

There's also the added bonus of a top-quality post-dinner singalong should the mood take us.


A photo posted by Anika Moa (@anikamoa) on Sep 7, 2016 at 9:47pm PDT



In an ideal world, we would be hosting this dinner party while British superstar Adele is in town for her Auckland shows and she would stop by for a bite to eat in between gigs.

Imagine that filthy cackle of hers ringing out over dessert. And imagine what she and Anika Moa would be like on the wine together!

We can only but dream of the fun.


A photo posted by @adele on Oct 29, 2016 at 3:11pm PDT


Sonny Bill Williams

We'd also invite All Black Sonny Bill Williams to our dinner party, if we can tear him away from his cute-as-a-button daughters and his wife's slow-cooked lamb shanks.

Every good dinner party should have a little bit of controversy and, right or wrong, Williams certainly brings that element with him at the moment.

He could also instigate a friendly game of pass the serviette ring after dinner to help us with our ball skills.



KJ Apa

This actor is about to become the next big thing with the launch of his show Riverdale in the US, so we definitely want him at the dinner table.

We'd talk plotlines and comic strips with his new incarnation of Archie Andrews – and we'd ask him what Luke Perry (who plays his dad on Riverdale) is really like.

Apa would also probably be quite keen to get his guitar out and join in that post-dinner singalong with Adele and Anika.


A photo posted by KJ Apa (@kjapa) on Jan 8, 2017 at 5:46pm PST


Josh Thomson

We would need a professional joke-teller at the dinner table to keep our guests in stitches – and we choose new co-host of The Project and Seven Days regular, Josh Thomson.

We imagine he also has plenty of good stories to share from filming his first lead role in a movie (that of Gary from Gary of the Pacific.)

And it seems logical to invite the self-proclaimed "Pig" from restaurant review series The Critic and the Pig to a swanky dinner party. 


A photo posted by Josh Thomson (@joshthomsonz) on Dec 8, 2016 at 11:06am PST


Brodie Kane

Breakfast sports presenter Brodie Kane is the life of the party wherever she goes, so we'd really like her to put on her party pants and head over for dinner.

We'd sit her next to Sonny Bill in the hopes she can draw some tantalising tidbits out of him, like she did when he revealed the news about his second child while driving in her car for a Breakfast segment last year.


A photo posted by Brodie Kane (@brodiejeankane) on Jan 21, 2017 at 2:07pm PST


Sam Wallace

And finally, we'd invite Brodie's former Breakfast colleague and new host on The Hits, Sam Wallace, along.

We understand he's also good fun at a party and after a few glasses of wine, we'd ask him what he really thought of his time over at TVNZ and why he still has Rawdon Christie as his Facebook profile picture.

We also hear he likes to get his shirt off. But seeing as this dinner will be a classy affair, shirts will have to stay on this time.


A photo posted by Sam Wallace (@breakfastsam) on May 16, 2016 at 3:12pm PDT