PETER KURUVITA BIOGRAPHY
Peter Kuruvita began his love affair with food and passion for cooking in the traditional kitchen of his ancestral home in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
After 3 decades as an award-winning chef and restaurateur, Peter has now diversified his career to encompass the roles of TV presenter, author, industry speaker and restaurant consultant.
After establishing himself as a well-known chef in Australia and cooking around the globe, Peter opened Sydney’s award-winning Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar in 2004, and successfully led the kitchen team as Executive Chef for 8 years. Today his legacy still lives on through its’ creative modern dishes with a strong seafood focus and great reputation.
In 2008, Peter replicated this successful model, in partnership with Starwood Hotel group, at Flying Fish at Sheraton Fiji Resort. Located on the beach, ‘Flying Fish Fiji’ features a menu designed by Peter Kuruvita focusing on fresh, local produce and sumptuous seafood, and is now known as the best restaurant in Fiji.
In May 2013, Peter brought his signature style and focus on local seafood to the famous foodie holiday strip, iconic Hastings St, Noosa, Australia. Noosa Beach House, in partnership with Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, has a relaxed holiday vibe in the open terrace and bar and evolves into a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar as the day progresses.
June 2014 saw an extension of Peter’s Flying Fish brand in the Pacific with the opening of Flying Fish, Tokoriki located at Sheraton Resort and Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji. Set on a beautiful tropical island in the idyllic Mamanuca group, the restaurant, bar and deck overlook the beach and surrounding islands. Peter’s signature style with fresh seafood and local produce has another stunning home.
Memories of an idyllic childhood spent in Sri Lanka, inspired his first cook book “Serendip – My Sri Lankan Kitchen”. The book takes food lovers on a journey through the kitchen experiences of his childhood with traditional recipes and stunning photography.
This was followed by Peter’s first TV series “My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita” which combines breath-taking scenery with spectacular spicy fare as Peter travels across the country, experiencing the wealth of Sri Lanka’s beauty, culture and culinary diversity.
“My Sri Lanka” was nominated for the ‘The Rockies’ Banff World Media Awards 2012’ and Peter nominated for an Australian ‘Logies 2012 Award’ in the “Best New Male Talent” category. The series is now airing in the UK, Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and the Pacific.
In 2012, Peter’s next series “Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita” combined beautiful locations and scenery with sensational local cuisine through the islands of Indonesia, Vanuatu, Philippines and Cook Islands.
These popular TV series inspired his next cook book “My Feast with Peter Kuruvita” and takes food lovers on a culinary and cultural journey through the islands communities of Asia and the South Pacific. Released November 2012.
Peter’s 3rd 10-part series, “Mexican Fiesta” sees him travelling the length and breadth of Mexico, looking deeply into the ingredients, dishes and culture of that exciting and sometimes misunderstood country.
In his latest series, Peter Kuruvita’s Coastal Kitchen, Peter mingles with his home-town community of passionate producers on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and hinterland in Queensland, Australia. Full of stunning scenery, interesting characters, recipes and cooking tips.
Peter has worked with Dilmah Tea in an ambassadorial role for many years, developing the concept of tea gastronomy. This involves hosting the annual worldwide “Real High Tea Challenge”, recipe development and developing Dilmah t-Lounges across the globe.
Peter hosts culinary tours of Sri Lanka & Mexico for World Expeditions, showing participants the country’s hidden delights and demonstrating local recipes along the way. Peter can also often be found headlining food festivals and premium hotel promotional events around the globe
Peter’s experience, personality, skill and presence light up any event. Whether it be cooking demonstrations, restaurant operations consultancy, food festival headliner, brand ambassador, TV presenter or inspiring keynote industry presentations, there are many ways to work with Peter.
If you would like to inquire about an opportunity to work with Peter Kuruvita or request a media interview, please get in touch.