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The First Year

Hardie Grant Books

By Aaron Turner


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From the first six months, through a mid-year break of camping and cooking in the bush, to the harsh winter months and on to the end of its first year, this book tells the story of IGNI, a high-end degustation restaurant in the backstreets of the Australian coastal city of Geelong.

Documenting a warts-and-all account of what it takes to open and run a new restaurant, chef and owner Aaron Turner reveals the daily challenges he faced – from the financial strains, the stress, fear and tantrums, to personal crises and the pressure of success and failure. His story is told through his own dated 'diary' entries, the development of recipes, a gradually unfolding narrative through each chapter, and stunning photography that captures the brilliance of a determined young chef in a new restaurant.

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Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2017
ISBN: 9781743792650
Australian chef Aaron Turner has worked in some of the world's best restaurants. After closing his restaurant Loam in 2013, Aaron returned to Geelong to open IGNI in 2016, which has been voted best new regional restaurant by Gourmet Traveller, The Good Food Guide and Time Out.