Bill Granger Obituary – The Australian Chef Who Brought Avocado Toast to the World, Dies at 54

Bill Granger Obituary – The Australian Chef Who Brought Avocado Toast to the World, Dies at 54


Bill Granger Obituary, a culinary icon renowned for his effortless style and ability to elevate simple dishes, passed away on Christmas Day in London at the age of 54. Known affectionately as “Bill” to many Australians, especially those in Sydney where he was based, Granger was the pioneering force behind a Sydney cafe named Bills. What started as a corner cafe blossomed into a chain of 14 outlets spanning three countries, with an additional five locations under the brand Granger & Co. in London.


Granger’s culinary prowess extended beyond the kitchen, gracing both television screens with shows like “Bill’s Food” and “Bill’s Holiday,” and bookshelves with his numerous publications containing over 500 recipes. However, he became particularly renowned for two signature dishes: the vibrant avocado on toast and sumptuously creamy scrambled eggs.


While Granger’s avocado toast gained worldwide fame, becoming an international food trend, it also sparked debates about millennial spending habits, with some viewing it as emblematic of frivolous spending habits. Yet, Granger dismissed such critiques, asserting that the challenges of homeownership were longstanding.

Jane Morrow, Granger’s publisher at Murdoch Books, highlighted his embodiment of Australia’s warm, open, and generous spirit, which he shared with the world, instilling confidence in Australians.


Born on August 29, 1969, in Mentone, Melbourne, Granger’s culinary journey began early, influenced by his butcher father and vegetarian mother. Despite his lack of formal culinary training, Granger’s passion for food led him to establish Bills in Sydney, where he revolutionized breakfast dining. His cafe blended unfussy yet sophisticated fare, artisanal coffee, and a laid-back ambiance, setting the stage for modern Australian cafe culture’s global expansion.

Granger’s personal life intertwined with his professional endeavors, as he met his wife, Natalie Elliott, at his Darlinghurst cafe in the late 1990s. Together, they shared three daughters and built a life in London, where Granger spent his final years.

While Granger initially rose to fame with simple breakfast staples, his culinary repertoire evolved to reflect the growing sophistication of Australian breakfast cuisine, featuring dishes like chilled coconut rice pudding and harissa-accented buckwheat bowls.

Granger’s legacy extends far beyond his culinary creations; he left an indelible mark on the global culinary landscape, forever changing how the world views breakfast.


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