What celebrity chef Peter Gilmore loves to cook with (and eat)!

Peter Gilmore cooks for two of Sydney's most prestigious restaurants but where does he like to eat? We find out his favourite restaurant in Australia.

Chef Peter Gilmore opens up about his best-loved restaurant.
  • Sudeshna Ghosh
  • May 2019

As executive chef of multi-awarded restaurant Quay opens in new window and the equally acclaimed Bennelong opens in new window, as well as a regular on cooking shows, Peter is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs.

What is your favourite restaurant in Australia?

One of my favourite experiences is going to Brae opens in new window [a rural fine-diner in Birregurra, Victoria]. Dan Hunter cooks food that is grown on the property or sourced from surrounding farms. You can really taste the terroir in his food. His approach is very clean yet the flavours are complex and delicious. I love the whole ethos of the place – it’s a special destination.

Fine Dining restaurant Brae cooks up local ingredients in creative ways.
Fine Dining restaurant Brae cooks up local ingredients in creative ways.

What’s your favourite ingredient to see on a menu?

Greenlip abalone. I love it for its texture and I love the ability to marry it with all sorts of delicate flavours.

Where do you get your coffee fix?

Usually at work with Single O opens in new window coffee beans.

Can you tell us about a hidden gem in your neighbourhood that no one knows about?

The Marina Café opens in new window in Church Point. It one of the best breakfast spots around – it’s a beautiful venue on the water and it’s close to my home. The chef uses impeccable ingredients and he knows how to cook my favourite dish.

Peter recommends breakfast at the waterfront Marina Cafe in Sydney
Peter recommends breakfast at the waterfront Marina Cafe in Sydney.

Is there one dish that has transformed your life?

The Snow Egg [Peter’s famous egg-shaped meringue dessert that was served at Quay from 2008 to 2018]. It captured the nation’s imagination back in 2010 [when it appeared on the season two grand finale of Masterchef Australia] and that’s pretty special when a dish becomes iconic.

What would be your desert island meal?

Perfect sushi.