Peter Gordon interviewed by Nicola Legat

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Peter Gordon talked with esteemed publisher Nicola Legat at the Foodwriters New Zealand 2018 conference. What an amazing Culinary Ambassador he is. Read about Peter’s amazing career.

Peter was born in Whanganui, New Zealand and is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu descent. After moving to Melbourne in 1981, completing a four-year cookery apprenticeship and working as a chef in various restaurants, his spirit of adventure and culinary curiosity led him to travel through Asia for a year from Indonesia through to India. This experience was to become a major influence on his culinary style, which is now called fusion.

Peter set up the kitchen of the original Sugar Club restaurant in Wellington in 1986. Two years later he moved to London. After working in several British restaurants, a private country home and catering at events, Peter set up the British kitchens of The Sugar Club in London's Notting Hill (1995) and West Soho (1998). In 1996, the Notting Hill restaurant won a Time Out award for Best Modern British Restaurant, and an Eros award from the Evening Standard for Best Pacific Rim Restaurant. The Soho restaurant was voted Best Central London Restaurant in 1999 in the Time Out Restaurant Awards.

In 2001, Peter set up The Providores and Tapa Room Restaurant on Marylebone High Street, and it celebrated its 15th birthday in August 2016. In 2004, Peter set up the dine by Peter Gordon restaurant in the SKYCITY Grand Hotel in Auckland followed by the Bellota tapas bar in 2006. In July 2013, dine by Peter Gordon was closed to make way for the fourth iteration of The Sugar Club which is located at the top of the SKY Tower in the SKYCITY Hotel in Auckland. He is also a co-founder of the artisan doughnut company Crosstown Doughnuts, which launched in London in April 2014.

Peter has appeared on British television, on programmes such as Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch, Nigel Slater, and Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 food series. As well he has been a guest judge on MasterChef New Zealand. Most recently, he presented and was the executive producer of Native Kitchen (TV3 and Māori Television in NZ), a 10-part TV series in which he mentored a group of aspiring, young Māori chefs through a 10-day culinary boot camp. Peter has written eight books and contributed to a dozen others. His latest book, SAVOUR: Salads for all Seasons, was published in April 2016 by Jacqui Small.

On 11 December 2016, Peter presented the Food Hour: Southern China episode on the US television series Globe Trekker, a travel and adventure programme which offers exotic locales, people, food, traditions, and customs. Globe Trekker airs on the American non-profit, viewer-supported TV network PBS. The episode is centered on the cuisine of southern China's Guangdong Province, and the very large provincial capital city of Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, which gave the world its beloved Cantonese cuisine.

In 1999, Peter was the first to receive the New Zealander of the Year award from the New Zealand Society in London. In the 2009 New Year Honours, Peter was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the food industry.

Commonly credited as the 'Godfather of Fusion' Peter resides in Hackney, London, but frequently travels back to New Zealand.

Source: Internet 2018