Five minutes with Josh Niland
Josh Niland began his professional career at the early age of 17, moving to Sydney where he discovered a huge affinity working with fish. Over the years he has gained experience all around the world including Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin starred The Fat Duck Development Kitchen in Bray.
In September 2016, Chef Josh Niland and his wife Julie opened Saint Peter, a small fish eatery in Paddington, Sydney. Saint Peter is a place where the menu is driven by those initial memories of fun and entertainment and an excitement from his childhood connection to the wonders of cooking. They select the best quality fish available each morning, meaning the menu changes daily. We caught up with Josh at Saint Peters and this is what we learnt!
Favourite Food? Avocado
Favourite Drink? Coffee
Favourite Cuisine? Australian
Favourite WA ingredient? Donnybrook Marron
What is your guilty food pleasure? Avocado on toast with too much salt
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Burgers or Pizza? Pizza
If you we’re an ingredient what would you be? Fish
Favourite fish to eat ? Pearl Perch
If you could work with any chef who would it be? and why ? Thomas Keller from the French Laundry in California because of his extreme search for perfection and attention to detail
If you weren’t a chef what would you profession be? Policeman
If you could have a super power what would it be? Flying
What is your favourite meal to enjoy with a glass of wine? Grilled Chicken and Sticky Rice – Thai Style!
What are you looking forward to most at Gourmet Escape? Handling the local produce and hopefully cooking on the beach from what I’ve seen it looks so beautiful.