Bill Granger

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Bill Granger
Bill Granger at Hereford Road Party.JPG
Granger at Hereford Road Party.
Born (1969-08-29) 29 August 1969 (age 49)
Culinary career

Bill Granger is a self-taught cook, restaurateur and food writer, based in his native Australia and in London but also working internationally.


In the late 1980s, Granger relocated from Melbourne to Sydney to study art.[1] He found inspiration in the city's lifestyle, light and harbour views. He worked as a waiter while he studied art. His creative interest slowly moved from art to food. In 1993, he opened a restaurant called "Bills" in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst. Breakfast, and, more specifically, creamy scrambled eggs, brought Granger to the public's attention. A second restaurant, "Bills Surry Hills", opened in 1996. "Bills Woollahra" was his third restaurant.[2] His restaurants are also well-known for their scrambled eggs, ricotta hotcakes and avocado toast.[3][4]

In 2008, he opened the first "Bills" restaurant outside Australia in Japan, where he had lived for half a year. Since then, he has opened eight restaurants in Japan, in regions such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, Fukuoka and Osaka.[5] In 2011, Granger opened his first UK restaurant Granger & Co in London's Westbourne Grove.[6] In the spring of 2014, Granger opened a second London-based Granger & Co in Clerkenwell [7][8] and a new Bills restaurant in Hawaii.[9][10] In that same year, he also opened his first restaurant in Seoul, and now currently has two restaurants in the country. [11]

Food Style[edit]

Bill Granger is known for his eclectic and simple cuisine which he displays in all of his shows, books, and restaurants. He has often been referred to as the Australian version of Jamie Oliver


Granger wrote Bill's Sydney Food (Murdoch Books, 2000) which included information about the food in his restaurants. That book was followed by Bill's Food (2002), Bill's Open Kitchen (2003), Simply Bill (2005), Bill Granger Every Day (2006), Holiday (2009), Bill's Basic's (2010), Bill's Everyday Asian (2011), Bill Granger Easy (2012) and Bill's Italian Food (2014).

Media Work[edit]

In 2004, the six part series, Bill's Food, followed Granger for a week. It was well received in Australia and was subsequently screened on BBC2 in the United Kingdom, in 2005, drawing an audience of 2 million. The series was repeated on BBC1 and was shown in 22 other countries. In June 2006, Granger appeared on GMTV to present a week-long barbecue special filmed in the South of France. A second series of Bill's Food was aired on various networks. Granger is featured on a fortnightly segment on ABC Radio 702 with Richard Glover. Each week he discussed a recipe. He appeared cooking tasty 'Roast Dinner with Pancetta' on Wednesday, 16 February 2011.

In 2011, Bill Granger became The Independent on Sunday's weekly food columnist.[12]

A ten part television series bringing Bill's globally-inspired food to West London- Bill’s Kitchen: Notting Hill- aired from June 2013 on BBC Lifestyle in Poland, South Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Nordic Region; on BBC HD in EMEA and LatAm; and on BBC Entertainment in Latin America.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Granger was born to a vegetarian mother and a father who worked as a butcher.[14] He lives with his wife Natalie Elliott and their three daughters.[15]



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