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Peter Gordon
Executive Chef & Co-Owner

Peter Gordon portraitPeter was awarded an O.N.Z.M. (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit – the NZ equivalent of an OBE) by HM The Queen in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to the food industry. Peter is widely recognised as an ardent promoter of the food industry in both his native New Zealand and here in the UK. His annual charity event for leukaemia, Who’s Cooking Dinner? , has so far raised £6 million plus since its inception in 1999.

Peter was born in the New Zealand coastal town of Wanganui. He moved to Melbourne in 1981 and completed a four year cookery apprenticeship at William Angliss College. He cooked in Melbourne restaurants for five years before travelling for a year throughout Asia. This was to become the greatest influence on his culinary style. In 1986, he returned to Wellington, New Zealand, to set up the kitchen at the original The Sugar Club restaurant.

In 1989, after two years running The Sugar Club kitchen, Peter and Michael McGrath made the move to London, where Peter gradually introduced his eclectic style of cuisine, now called Fusion.

After working in several UK restaurants, a private country home and event catering, he set up the 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.

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Peter left The Sugar Club in November 1999 to begin various solo projects, culminating with the opening of The Providores and Tapa Room in August 2001.

December 2010 saw the opening of Kopapa in Monmouth Street, in the heart of Seven Dials, Covent Garden. The café, bar and restaurant was a joint venture between Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath of The Providores, and Adam Wills and Brandon Allen, the original founders of Gourmet Burger Kitchen. After a very successful five and a half years trading, Kopapa closed its doors in May 2016 to allow its founders more time to devote to new ventures.

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