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Taking Nellie Melba's kitchen to the next level

All chefs accept the job comes with unique challenges and pressures, but you can imagine Peter Prins’s surprise when invading Iraqi soldiers stormed his kitchen and forced him out at gunpoint.

Recently appointed as Nellie Melba retirement village’s head chef, Peter was just 21 at the time and working in the restaurant at an exclusive French hotel in Kuwait.

“Soldiers came straight into the main restaurant,” he says. “All the guests were told to go away, they were given time to pack their stuff and were told to leave, and the staff were told to leave as well… and they took over the hotel.

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