Storytellers - Justin James


Behind every special eating and drinking experience there's a story. Be inspired by masters of their craft as they share captivating tales from the kitchen and beyond.

Hosting the series will be South Australian food identity Mandy Hall, a former MasterChef Australia finalist who today combines presenting roles with recipe and product development. Join her in a warm, casual setting to learn more about familiar names.

Place and time are the focus at Restaurant Botanic – the refined oasis where Justin James continues to make his South Australian mark. He arrived in Adelaide after five and a half years as executive chef at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde. Before that? The revered Noma, Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. His cooking celebrates the finest local produce, with techniques focused on preserving each element’s integrity and highlighting flavour. Creative, surprising and always delicious, James’s dishes continue to deliver. Restaurant Botanic was named 2023 restaurant of the year by Gourmet Traveller and awarded a maximum five stars from The Australian restaurant critic John Lethlean.

Join James during our Storytellers Series to learn about his formative years and quest to provide a total experience to diners. You’ll hear from a hospitality professional more excited by an onion than wagyu, a talent who believes food is only a small part of what makes a great restaurant.
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