Richard Till is a South Islander, born 1959 he grew up in Christchurch and Dunedin. He developed an interest in food from a young age by watching his mother deal with everyday meals, 'filling the tins' and being a hostess for 'important' people.
In his early twenties he worked as a set builder and painter for several years in both Christchurch and Wellington. This was where he first entered the restaurant industry, working nights in restaurants, first as a waiter, then as 'the cook'.
After having read American Gourmet restaurant reviews for six straight years, in 1988 he opened Espresso 124, the first restaurant on what was to become Christchurch's 'the strip', a small section of road that is today lined with over ten restaurants. He went on to set up a second restaurant, The Worcester Street Dining Room.
During his time in the restaurant industry he's cooked for Stevie Wonder, U2, Miles Davis, Simply Red, Jimmy Barnes, New Order, the English cricket team, and thousands upon thousands of kiwis.
Since 2002 he has performed the comic cooking shows 'Just Dick it' and 'Dick Does Dinner' at festivals around the country. Since July 2003 every season has been sold out.
Today he works as a Technical Director and Designer of Theatre
at the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of
Canterbury. He writes regularly for 'Zest', the food and fashion
section of The Press, and can be heard on National Radio Nine till
Noon's 'Sounds Delicious'.
Richard also can claim to be an award winner. The first season of Kiwi Kitchen won The Ocean Spray Electronic Media Award from the NZ Guild of Food Writers saying the show "celebrated food, through wonderful people, characters and the revitalising of recipes discovered." The judges described the winning entry as "engaging, humorous and very real".
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