When I began my chefs apprenticeship in Melbourne in 1981 it was my dream to one day own my own restaurant. This finally happened in August 2001 when myself and three friends opened The Providores and Tapa Room on London's Marylebone High Street. Previous to that I'd been executive chef, but not owner, of The Sugar Club in Soho and Notting Hill, and before that executive chef at the Mayfair private members club Green Street. However, since The Providores opened I have become involved in many other restaurants and food businesses, some as consultant, some as investor. This was something I hadn't foreseen, but that I have enjoyed immensely.
changa and müzedechanga www.changa-istanbul.com
In late 1999, as I was preparing to leave my role of Executive chef at The Sugar Club restaurant in London's Soho, I was approached by Tarik Bayazit and Savas Ertunc from Istanbul. They had eaten my food, read my books and magazine articles, and felt we could work together to open their first restaurant, which was changa. It went on to be the most discussed restaurant in Turkey, winning international praise for both its food and design. In 2005 they opened their second restaurant müzedechanga – housed in the newly opened Sakip Sabanci art museum overlooking the Bosphorus.
On January 10th 2007, Wallpaper* magazine bestowed the title of Best New Restaurant in the World on müzedechanga at the Wallpaper* Design Awards. Tarik and Savas are also investors in The Providores and Tapa Room.