Oliver Peyton, 59, in the kitchen of his west London home

My haven, Oliver Peyton: The Great British Menu choose and famend restaurateur, 59, in the kitchen of his west London home

  • Oliver Peyton, 59, shares gadgets of significance in the kitchen of his London home
  • Renowned restaurateur treasures a plate made by chef Daniel Clifford
  • Also cherishes a household photograph that he snapped at his favorite place, Connemara

Oliver Peyton, 59, (pictured) shared gadgets of private significance in the kitchen of his west London home


I’ve an workplace however I desire to work in the kitchen as a result of I can see into the backyard and it’s the coronary heart of the home. This is a sketch by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. 

I persuaded him to come back out of retirement in the late 90s to redevelop the Brighton West Pier, which I owned. 

He did all these drawings over two years however it didn’t get by way of the planning course of in order that utterly scuttled the challenge. It was an important expertise although.


I’ve been obsessive about Bakelite since my 20s. I’ve this radio and about 100 extra in storage. At Leicester Polytechnic I studied textiles and there was tons of it round. I additionally accumulate snow globes after I journey – I received this Barack Obama one in a flea market in Los Angeles. 


I’m proud to be one of the unique judges on Great British Menu, which has been working since 2006. This is a plate that chef Daniel Clifford made for a Comic Relief episode.

Oliver cherishes a family photo (pictured) that he snapped at Connemara

Oliver cherishes a household photograph (pictured) that he snapped at Connemara

We movie lengthy days, significantly in finals week the place you’re consuming fish someday, meat the subsequent, puddings the day after. I’d burn it off by biking to Kentish Town the place the studio was, however now we’re in Stratford-upon-Avon so I drive.


My spouse, Charlotte Polizzi [the daughter of Olga and niece of Sir Rocco Forte] has supplied to purchase me a brand new bike however I’ve had my Cannondale for 17 years and it feels an element of me. I’ve modified the handlebars and wheels over the years and it’s coated with stickers from journeys overseas.

Just like the snow globes, I decide up a sticker wherever I’m going. I’m a commuting bike owner so I don’t exit for rides at the weekend. I like pootling alongside and also you get to see all the completely different seasons all through the yr.


These cookery books by Alice Waters and Charlie Trotter – subsequent to my honorary OBE for providers to catering – are crucial to me. Before I opened my first restaurant 25 years in the past, I went abroad to go to eateries together with Alice’s Chez Panisse in California. 

It confirmed me what cooking could be – easy, contemporary and pared down. Charlie Trotter was cooking in a really completely different manner at his eponymous restaurant in Chicago. 

I’ve had many eating places myself, together with ones at the National Gallery and Imperial War Museum, and a personal catering enterprise.


This household photograph was taken by me in one of my favorite locations, Connemara. I’m from an Irish Catholic household in Sligo and we’d go on driving journeys round Ireland, however Connemara was all the time an enormous deal with – it epitomises the rugged magnificence of the west coast of Ireland. 

I’m very near my household and have fond recollections of cooking with my late mom. She was a spectacular cook dinner.  

As informed to Roz Lewis. Great British Menu: The Finals, Monday-Friday, BBC2. Oliver’s vary of premium cocktails, Unknown Pleasures, is offered at unknownpleasures.com 


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