Salt, Sydney was Luke s first restaurant, which opened in 1999. In ancient Greece, salt was a rare, expensive commodity and it was given to people as a sign of hospitality and friendship. These traits are the core ingredients in Luke s service philosophy and so the success of Salt began there are w several Salt and Salt Grill restaurants worldwide, from Sydney to Tokyo to Singapore. Capturing Luke s talent with the freshest local ingredients, Salt Grill showcases 50 of his favourite recipes: from seafood tapas to baked lemon sole with prawns & chorizo to the famous Salt salad (seasonal baby vegetables, slow poached hen s egg, buffalo mozzarella and candied walnut). A lovely book which captures the freshness and elegance of Luke s food.
Luke Mangan is one of Australia's leading chefs and restaurateurs and is highly regarded internationally as a shining example of Australia's culinary culture. His career started in Melbourne under Herman Schneider, of 'Two Faces' fame. After completing his training, Luke persuaded Michel Roux of the 3 Michelin starred 'Waterside Inn' in London to give him a chance. He believes that working under these great chefs in the early years were the two most important steps he took to learn his craft. Luke currently owns and operates glass brasserie, Hilton Sydney; Salt grill, Hilton Surfers Paradise; Salt grill and Salt tapas & bar, Singapore; Salt and the adjoining World Wine Bar, Tokyo; and Salt grill on board three P&O cruise liners. He is also the consulting chef for Virgin Australia. Luke Mangan is my go-to dude for information and thoughts on food, trends, places and people in the 'must see must know' category. He has parlayed a strong sense of culinary innovation and a real respect for traditional cooking and sense of place into one of the strongest and most real brands in the modern culinary world, not out of whim, but out of the love for the delicious and fascination with the fun in all of life. I would be happy to eat at his restaurants every day for a year and then start again. Mario Batali