Renowned for his unique culinary philosophy, Peter Gordon is often credited as the “godfather” of fusion cuisine. He pushes the boundaries of where one national cuisine starts and another stops.
Peter was born in New Zealand, moved to London in 1989 and divides his time between London and Auckland. He has restaurants in both cities. The Providores and Tapa Room, in London’s Marylebone, opened in 2001 and continues to impress with its innovative menus, great coffee and a 100% NZ wine list that’s the largest of any restaurant in Europe.
August 2013 saw the opening of The Sugar Club on Level 53 of the Sky Tower in Auckland. It marks the revival of an iconic restaurant brand that goes back to the late 80s, when Peter made his name as Head Chef of The Sugar Club in Wellington. This was followed by award-winning incarnations in London’s Notting Hill and Soho. Auckland is also the home of Bellota, Peter’s award-winning bar/restaurant that serves New Zealand’s largest selection of Spanish wines and tapas dishes.
Peter is a co-founder of gourmet doughnut company Crosstown Doughnuts, which launched in London in April 2014. He also consults to Istanbul’s Changa and Müzedechanga, and designs menus for Air New Zealand that can be tasted across the airline’s global network.
Peter writes for publications around the world, including a weekly column in The New Zealand Herald and has appeared regularly on British and New Zealand TV, most recently presenting Fusion Feasts (2013/14, TV3 in NZ), an 8-part TV series that saw him cooking on various maraes (a traditional Maori meeting place for religious or social gatherings) around New Zealand. He recently completed another series, Native Kitchen, filmed in New Zealand, which is due to air later in 2014.
Peter has written seven books: THE SUGAR CLUB COOKBOOK (1997), COOK AT HOME WITH PETER GORDON (1999), A WORLD IN MY KITCHEN (2003), SALADS (2005), VEGETABLES: THE NEW FOOD HEROES (2006), PETER GORDON EVERYDAY (2012) and FUSION: A CULINARY JOURNEY (2010). His latest book SAVOUR was published by Jacqui Small in April 2016.
Peter is recognised as an ardent supporter of the food industry and of various charities in New Zealand and the UK, notably Who’s Cooking Dinner? and the SKYCITY Dining For A Difference event, which raise funds for Leuka and Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand respectively. In 2009, Peter was awarded an O.N.Z.M. (New Zealand Order Of Merit), by HM The Queen in the New Year Honours List for services to the food industry.