Author(s): Richard Till
Remember Richard Till's fabulous range of nostalgic tea towels in his popular Kiwi Kitchen TV series? This attractive gift book celebrates the time when cities, provincial centres, women's organisations and food producers throughout the country all designed their own tea towels to brighten up kitchens everywhere. Hand-picked by Richard from his own impressive stockpile, each tea towel illustrated in Every Tea Towel Tells a Story: Richard Till's Special Collection is accompanied by an entertaining anecdote laced with Richard's inimitable sense of humour.
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'. 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. 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."