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The Sugar Club Cookbook Buy from Amazon UK

This is the first book I wrote. The Sugar Club restaurant opened originally in 1986 in Wellington, New Zealand. It was owned and set up by Ashley Sumner and Vivian Hayman and they employed me as head chef (as it was in all three incarnations of the restaurant). The second Sugar Club opened on All Saints Road in Notting Hill, London, in 1995. It was an immediate success and I was asked by publishers Hodder and Stoughton to write a book of the restaurant's recipes. Never having written more than a letter before I bought myself an Apple Mac and set about learning how to type. I am very proud of this book, and through it I introduced Fusion recipes to the marketplace.

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It was serialised in The Independent on Sunday. It still sells around the world, having been translated into Dutch, with an American edition as well. The Sugar Club moved into Warwick Street in London's Soho in 1998, and I left the role of head chef in late 1999.