No mention of kiwi food heroes would be complete without mentioning Peter Gordon and his extensive body of work.
The thing about Peter is that not only is he a great chef but he is also a great cook.
Born in Wanganui - he started the Sugar Club in often grim and grey Wellington (before Courtenay place evolved in a bar/restaurant mecca).
Like Kiri Te Kanawa he spends a lot of time in London - where people can actually afford gourmet food regularly.
However, an entrepreneur he still maintains commercial interests in New Zealand.
He is known for his Asian fusion style cooking - but also cooks a mean hamburger!