Who’s the next big chef import about to take the states by storm? I think it’s Pete Evans from the land down under.
He’s a surfer, a fisherman and a great chef. When you meet him, he’s laid-back and his food reflects that Australian casual persona, but with a lot of flavor. When our publishing partner decided to bring his My Grill cookbook to the United States, I jumped at the chance to have it exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
Evans opened his first restaurant outside of Melbourne when he was just 19 and now has six award-winning restaurants scattered around Australia. He’s also a regular on Australian TV. Word on the street is that he might just land his rugged good looks and infectious charm on a television near us, too. Let’s hope!
The recipes in My Grill range from casual campfire food to more elegant outdoor fare. The flavor profiles are unique, like rum ‘n coke ribs, but the recipes are really approachable. Evans’ food is very Australian, featuring a lot of seafood and beef, with a distinct Asian influence. When you’re entertaining, start off the meal with scallops grilled in the shell, then continue with Japanese beef tataki — we know your guests will be impressed.
This book will inspire you to expand your grilling repertoire with a lot of different and delicious ingredients that utilize easy techniques. So crack open My Grill and throw some shrimp on the barbie!
About the author: As a member of the merchandising team for Williams-Sonoma’s retail stores, Michelle travels all over the world to find the best products to bring to WS customers. Michelle is passionate about food and finds herself “collecting” restaurants on her travels. Her favorite pastime, though, is being the mom of twin 3 year-old boys. She loves to find recipes that make the whole family happy – many of which come from her own mom’s arsenal.