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Aussie chef Bill Granger’s recipe for avocado on toast revealed

Bill Granger, a world-renowned celebrity chef who had fought cancer for many years, passed away Monday.

The 54-year-old Australian was known as the “king” of breakfast and “godfather” of avocado toast, a tasty staple in cafes across the country.

Many believe that Granger was the one who really pioneered our modern cafe scene.

The Washington Post named Granger one of the pioneers in introducing avocado toast for breakfast. The “first recorded sighting” was at the Darlinghurst Bill’s original cafe back in 1993.

Bills were not his original plan, but he had to come up with a breakfast menu when he found out that his trading hours would only be from 7 am to 4:30 pm.

The chef put the avocado toast on his menu for the very first time.

Granger said that he had often eaten the fruit as an easy and quick meal.

“I know it’s only a few ingredients, barely a formula. “Hospitality people always eat fast because they don’t have much time,” he said to the Australian Financial Review.

It’s easy to access, it’s new, and it’s bright. It’s also green.

“I was shocked at the morning life in Sydney when I first moved there. I grew up near Melbourne.

People were walking on the beach and in the park. They owned the day.

“It felt like it was very Australian and very optimistic.” “I think avocado on toast makes you optimistic.”

Granger’s recipe for delicious avocado toast was published in an original recipe in his first book, Sydney Food, in 2000.

Avocado, lime juice, coriander, olive oil, and toasted sourdough are served with freshly ground pepper and sea salt.

The celebrity chef said that he felt “stupid” for including the first recipe for avocado toast in his book.

He said: “We’ve been selling avocado toast at our restaurant for many years, and I thought it was silly to put a recipe in a cookbook.”

“I jazzed it a little bit up and added a bit lime and coriander to it.”

Bill Granger’s Avocado Toast Recipe


  • One avocado, quartered and peeled
  • Toast 4 slices of sourdough.
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • coriander leaves
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Place the lime juice, olive oils, salt, and pepper into a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
  2. Serve avocado quarters on toast with a drizzle of dressing, topped with fresh ground pepper, coriander, and sea salt. Chilli can be added.

Granger was dubbed “the eggmaster of Sydney” by the New York Times and has even been credited for making scrambled eggs “sexy.”

The loved restaurateur “died pacifically” in a London Hospital on Monday. His family shared the shocking news on Instagram.

His wife, Natalie Elliot, and their daughters Edie, Ines, and Bunny are still alive.

The chef was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago.

The post stated that Bill, a dedicated husband and father, died peacefully at the hospital, with his wife Natalie Elliott, and his three daughters, Edie, Ines, and Bunny, by his side in their adopted London home.

Everyone will miss him, but his family is most affected by the loss. They are grateful for his love and support.

Granger studied arts in his early years but dropped out to open his first restaurant in Darlinghurst, a Sydney inner-city suburb, in 1992.

Self-taught, he has a 30-year career as a global restaurateur.

Together, he and his wife Natalie formed a partnership that helped launch the business internationally. Together, they have built a successful company that has 19 restaurants in Sydney, London, and Greater Tokyo.

Granger has written 14 cookbooks and produced five TV shows. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in January 2023.

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