The first time I heard of Peter Gordon – the New Zealand-born, London-based chef of the Providores and Tapa Room – was when the whole Antipodean fusion cookery style was being written about in English newspapers like The Sunday Times during the early 1990s (my newspaper of choice through college although, after discovering Nigel Slater‘s food section in The Observer, I’ve never looked back!). While I lived in New Zealand in 2005, he opened a restaurant in Auckland – dine by Peter Gordon – and as a result was all over the NZ newspapers and food magazines. That’s how I came across his fantastic and much-made (it’s especially good as a Christmas pressie) Tomato and Chilli Jam recipe.
Peter is also a consultant for Air New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Lamb. Unique Interactive recently got in contact to let me know that, wearing his lamb ambassador hat, Peter will be online for a webchat at www.uniqueinteractive.co.uk/chat on Wednesday 25th April from 2pm to 4pm. Darina Allen is also a fan – he was a guest at the Ballymaloe Cookery School last year.