TFCookingPeter Gordon’s Auckland restaurant Homeland to close
TFCookingPeter Gordon’s Auckland restaurant Homeland to close

Peter Gordon’s Auckland restaurant Homeland to close

Chef Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon has won worldwide fame for his fusion cuisine.
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Top New Zealand chef Peter Gordon is closing his Auckland restaurant and cooking school, citing problems renewing the downtown lease.

Gordon sets up Homeland with partner Alastair Carruthers in 2020.

“Homeland’s premises and wider surroundings are being redeveloped and our landlord will not renew our lease. So with great sadness we are retreating,” a statement issued on Monday said.

The dining room would close at the end of April, followed by the cooking school at the end of July.

“In the meantime, we are still open for business,” Homeland’s owners said in the statement.

“Our staff are hugely impacted, and we ask for space while we consult with them and work out what is next for the Homeland project. Homeland’s purposes are not finished. The problem is premises.”

Gordon was based in the United Kingdom for 31 years, establishing The Sugar Club and Providers restaurants and becoming renowned as “the godfather of fusion cooking”.

He had decided in August 2020 to return, but when Covid-19 started shutting down the world, he raced back to New Zealand in March – just before the first lockdown.

Gordon launched Homeland in mid-2020, with no plans to open a restaurant as such. But when they found the perfect location and it had a “large room”, they realized a dining hall was needed.

“So having said I will never do another restaurant, I then set up the largest restaurant I have ever set up,” he told RNZ at the time.

“It didn’t sort of go to plan but it’s been a fantastic project.”

Gordon said community days at Homeland were his favorite. It was the charitable part of the business and saw community groups from all walks of life come in for a few hours and learn some simple recipes and life skills.

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