World Chefs: Bill Granger wants more men in the kitchen

Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:13am EDT
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By Pauline Askin

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - There's no shortage of male chefs, but celebrity Australian chef Bill Granger would like more ordinary men to venture into the kitchen, and hopes to inspire them with his easy-going, home-cooking approach.

Granger, one of Australia's best known chefs, is a self-taught cook who's famous for delicious recipes that use fresh food -- and that are easy to follow.

He started out studying art in Sydney, but became so fascinated by food while working part-time as a waiter, that he switched careers.

In his early 20s, Granger opened his first restaurant, "bills," in a Sydney suburb, which quickly became a hit with locals and tourists. He now has three critically acclaimed restaurants in Australia and one in Tokyo.

Granger has also written seven cook books -- the latest "Feed Me Now" went on sale this month -- which are international bestsellers. He also hosts a television series, "Bill's Holiday" which is seen in 27 countries.

Granger recently spoke to Reuters about why cooking needn't be a complicated affair.

Q: How does a self-taught cook become an international success?

A: "I think it's a bit of luck, being in the right place at the right time. Also, what I do relates to normal people. I love to make recipes that are minimum fuss and maximum flavor."   Continued...