Peter Gordon (chef)

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Peter Gordon
Born1963 (age 57–58)
Wanganui, New Zealand
Culinary career
Current restaurant(s)

Peter Gordon ONZM (born 1963) is a New Zealand-born, London-based chef.

Early life[edit]

Gordon was born in the coastal town of Wanganui, New Zealand. Gordon's father is Bruce Gordon. Gordon is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu descent.[1][2]


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.


Gordon set up the kitchen of the original "Sugar Club" restaurant in Wellington in 1986. After two years running the outlet, he moved to London. Working in several British restaurants, a private country home and event catering, Gordon 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, he set up The Providores and Tapa Room Restaurant on Marylebone High Street with his current business partner Michael McGrath and two other partners. McGrath and Gordon are now sole owners of the business, which celebrated its 15th birthday in August 2016.

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. In July 2013, dine by Peter Gordon was closed to make way for the fourth iteration of "The Sugar Club" in the SKYCITY Hotel in Auckland, at the top of the SKY Tower.

Gordon is also a co-founder of artisan doughnut company Crosstown Doughnuts, which launched in London in April 2014.

He has appeared on British television, on programmes such as Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch and Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver's Channel 4 food series, as well as being 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, Gordon presented the "Food Hour: Southern China" episode on the U.S. series Globe Trekker, a travel and adventure programme which aims to offer exotic locales, peoples, foods, traditions, and customs. Globe Trekker airs on the American non-profit, viewer-supported TV network PBS. The episode centered on the cuisine of southern China's Guangdong and very large provincial capital city of Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, which gave the world its beloved Cantonese cuisine.

In 1999, Gordon 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 Gordon was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the food industry.[3]

Gordon resides in Hackney, London, and travels back to New Zealand frequently.


  • The Providores and Tapa Room (London, UK) Now closed[4]
  • Kopapa (Covent Garden, London, UK) Now closed
  • dine by Peter Gordon at SKYCITY Grand Hotel (Auckland, New Zealand)[5] Now closed
  • Bellota tapas bar at SKYCITY (Auckland, New Zealand)[6]
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen – Currently the new head chef of Gourmet Burger[7]
  • changa,[8] and müzedechanga restaurant (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • PUBLIC – helped set up (New York City)[9]
  • The Sugar Club (Original) – (Now closed)
  • The Sugar Club – SKYCITY (Auckland, New Zealand)[10]
  • Homeland (Auckland, New Zealand)


Personal life[edit]

Gordon is of Maori and Scottish descent.[12] He is the youngest of 4 siblings from his mother and father. He also has 4 half siblings from his parents’ subsequent relationships.[13] He moved to Melbourne in 1981 where he first decided to be a chef.

Since 1999 he has organised an annual charity event "Who's Cooking Dinner?" to raise money for Leukaemia and blood cancer research, since he successfully donated bone marrow to his sister.[14] He has raised over £7 million since starting this event.[15] He is also a patron of RAFT (Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust), in part due to injuries suffered at the age of 7 when a pan of hot fat fell on him.[16]

He currently resides in London Fields (East London) with his partner, Alastair Carruthers, co-chair of the Te Papa Foundation of the Museum of New Zealand and chairman of Allpress Espresso. They have been in a relationship since 9 April 2011.[17]


  1. ^ Daniell, Sarah (14 March 2014). "Top chef Peter Gordon goes native for new TV show". Stuff (company). Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ Cooke, Rachel (20 March 2016). "Peter Gordon's six delicious salad recipe". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "New Year honours list 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. ^ "The Providores and Tapa Room".
  5. ^ "SKYCITY Auckland – Hotels – Restaurants – Bars – Casino – Entertainment – Conventions". SKYCITY.
  6. ^ "Bellota by Peter Gordon". SKYCITY.
  7. ^ Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurants
  8. ^ changa restaurant Istanbul
  9. ^ "BentoBox – Restaurant Websites".
  10. ^ "The Sugar Club". SKYCITY.
  11. ^ "Homeland".
  12. ^ "Great British Chefs: Peter Gordon". Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  13. ^ "". Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Great British Chefs: Peter Gordon". Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  15. ^ Hind, John (19 May 2019). "What's it like to live with a chef?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Great British Chefs: Peter Gordon". Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  17. ^ Hind, John (19 May 2019). "What's it like to live with a chef?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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