Peter Ku­ru­vita

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FOL­LOW­ING on from and chef and restau­ra­teur Peter Ku­ru­vita is back on SBS with his lat­est se­ries, (Thurs­days, 8.30pm). Ku­ru­vita be­gan his love af­fair with food and dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for cook­ing as a boy watch­ing his grand­mother cook in the tra­di­tional kitchen of his an­ces­tral home in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

“I loved her ap­proach to food — she taught me the value of cook­ing with love. She used to say, ‘Don’t bother cook­ing if you’re not go­ing to put some love into it, be­cause that is the main in­gre­di­ent’,” he said.

Ku­ru­vita ar­rived in Aus­tralia as an 11-year-old in 1974.

“When I got to Aus­tralia, I used to try and swap my ex­otic sand­wiches for a Vegemite sand­wich,” he re­called. “My sand­wiches then were too out-there and I was em­bar­rassed to bring them out — that would be an out­ra­geous thought to­day.”

He lives in Noosa with his wife, Karen, and their sons, Jai, 17, Mar­ley, 15, and Taj, 10.

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