“I grew up in the countryside, I used to work in the fields,” says Gast. “My parents had careers, so I was doing all of the cooking.” But it was a computerised career test at school that set him on his culinary path. As a young man, he headed to London to do his training, but it proved a culture shock. “The way people communicated with each other, it wasn’t really a team effort,” he recalls. “Everybody was shouting, throwing things. I was so stressed out that I cooked a lobster in a microwave!” Gast describes his time working under the domineering chef as “the worst time in my life”.
But the experience propelled Peter in a different, more harmonious direction. Returning to the Netherlands, he set up his own restaurant, 't Schulten Hues in Zutphen (2002-2018) which, at the centre of its menu, features herbs and flowers cultivated and harvested by Gast. In under two years he was awarded his first Michelin star, aged only 25.
Zutphen 2002 - 2018
In september 2002 Peter Gast opend restaurant Schultenhues in Zutphen. In December 2003 he received a Bib Gourment and in January 2005 a Michelin Star. Gast closed restaurant Schultenhues in July 2018 to open his new speak easy restaurant Graphite in Amsterdam centre in September 2018.
In 2013 Peter Gast made the first iBook called Portfolio-i, filled with inspiring story's, beautiful pictures and video's.
You can download Portfolio-i in the iBook store.
other books by Peter Gast
Amsterdam 2014 - 2020
In 2014 Peter Gast and his Sous Chef Jeroen Elijzen opend De Ballenbar in the Foodhallen in Amsterdam to introduce the Dutch Original Bitterbal with a culinary twist to a wide audience. Fillings like Dutch shrimp, calf, bouillabaisse, and truffle are on the menu. Since 2020 De Ballenbar is 100% owned by Jeroen and his wife Carla.
Zutphen 2015 - 2018
In 2015 Peter Gast and his Sous Chef Rinaldo van Berlo opened The Rough Meat Company in Zutphen. A restaurant for the real meat lover with more than 30 types of meat on the menu. They presented special parts and cuts, breeds and preparations. Since 2018 The Rough Meat Company is 100% owned by Rinaldo and his wife Sabine.
Amsterdam 2018 - now
In September 2018 Peter Gast opend his Speak Easy restaurant Graphite in Amsterdam Centre.
In January 2020 he received a Michelinstar in Graphite. Graphite is a mysterious and inspiring
place where all your senses come to life. Book a table and receive a QR code that will unlock
the Graphite front door...