Fusion: A Culinary Journey
Jacqui Small: Growing up in a small town in New Zealand, Peter Gordon didn’t discover avocados or sushi until he moved to Australia in his late teens. From there he travelled to Asia where a whole new culinary world opened before his eyes. Often dubbed the ‘father of Fusion cuisine’ – a culinary style that integrates various regional flavours and cooking techniques in order to create innovative new tastes – Peter reveals in Fusion: A Culinary Journey how he developed his unique culinary philosophy, influenced by his travels around the world, exploring different cuisines, foods, tastes and cooking ideas. For anyone who thinks they have never eaten –or perhaps have no interest in- fusion cuisine, this book is a real eye-opener: as Peter says, without Fusion, the Italians wouldn’t be serving Polenta –as corn and maize are from the Americas; Thai’s wouldn’t have chillies, peanuts or coriander; the Spanish couldn’t serve their delicious grilled toast rubbed with garlic, olive oil and tomatoes -as tomatoes too are from another continent. Illustrated with stunning photography from renowned photographer Jean Cazals, Peter takes us on a journey through Asia, Europe and the Pacific and presents 80 delicious recipes plus the key ingredients that epitomise Fusion cuisine.
About the Author
Peter set up the kitchen of the original "The Sugar Club" restaurant in Wellington, New Zealand in 1986 followed by two British incarnations in London's Notting Hill in 1996 and in West Soho, London in 1998. In 2001 he set up The Providores and Tapa Room Restaurant on Marylebone High Street with his partner Michael McGrath and two other partners. Michael and Peter are now sole owners of the business, along with the owners of Changa restaurant in Istanbul (Tarik Bayazit and Savas Ertunc,) and UK based Annie Smail. He assisted and acted as an advisor to PUBLIC restaurant (owned and run by AvroKo design) in New York. In 2004, he set up the "dine by Peter Gordon" restaurant in the SKYCITY Grand Hotel in Auckland followed soon by the Bellota tapas bar in 2006. Peter and Michael are also co-owners of the lauded vineyard Waitaki Braids in North Otago, New Zealand.