Peter Gordon, the ‘godfather of fusion cuisine’, pushes the boundaries of where one national cuisine starts and another stops. “Fusion can create the most stimulating meal you’ll ever eat,” he says. “It’s fun and it’s playful. It’s simply one of many cuisines, and it happily sits amongst them like a magpie, borrowing from them all.”
Peter Gordon is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most successful exports. He is renowned for his unique culinary philosophy, influenced by his extensive travels around the world. Peter has award-winning restaurants both in Auckland (Bellota and dine by Peter Gordon, at the Skycity Grand Hotel) and London. The Providores and Tapa Room in Marylebone, now in its 11th year, is famed for its fine fusion food and for listing Britain’s largest selection of premium New Zealand wines. Kopapa, opened in December 2010, is the new foodie hotspot of Seven Dials, Covent Garden. It won the Best Menu prize in the 2011 London Restaurant Festival Awards, was named in the top 10 breakfast and brunch spots in the UK by Shortlist magazine and was Runner Up in the 2011 Time Out Best New Restaurant Awards.
Peter has written six cook books, the most recent being Fusion: A Culinary Journey, and has a seventh on its way later in the year.
2012 has seen Peter cooking at festivals and giving demonstrations and master classes all around the world, including Fiji, Singapore, Dubai, Hungary and London.