01 Jan 2018

 South Australia is home to world-famous culinary heroes, producing game-changing dishes and drinks in Adelaide restaurants and our bountiful regions.


When it comes to food and drink, South Australia truly is the land of legends. From culture-rich Adelaide to the lush Adelaide Hills; the bountiful Barossa to the Eyre Peninsula; our state is home to an all-star cast of world-famous chefs, winemakers and producers.

To celebrate our local food and drink heroes, we’re serving you an appetite-whetting list of culinary award winners and, most importantly, where you can dig into or sip and savour their successes.


Hero: Jock Zonfrillo
Award: 2017 Weekend Australian Hottest Chef, 2017 top 50 in Australian Financial Review's Australia's Top 100 Restaurants, 2018 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year, 2019 Restaurant of the Year Good Food Guide
Where to eat: Restaurant Orana, 1/285 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000

Hero: Duncan Welgemoed
Award: 2017 top 50 in Australian Financial Review's Australia's Top 100 Restaurants, 2014 Howard Twelftree Award, ‘Rising Star’ by Restaurant Australia, 2013 Chef of the Year in The Advertiser Food Awards
Where to eat: Africola, 4 East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Hero: Lachie Colwill
Award: 2016 Advertiser Food Awards Best Restaurant in SA, 2015 Best South Australian Regional Restaurant in the Advertiser Food Awards, 2015 James Halliday Best Winery in Australia, 2008-2010 Best Fine Dining Restaurant three years running, 2010 Best Restaurant and Best Chef in the SA Restaurant and Catering Awards
Where to eat: Hentley Farm, Gerald Roberts Rd, Seppeltsfield SA 5355

Hero: Sharon Romeo
Award: 2017 Weekend Australian Hot 50 Restaurants, 2016 Maitre d’Manager of the Year, 2015 Best New Restaurant in the Advertiser Food Awards, 2015 Hottest Restaurant by Weekend Australian Magazine
Where to eat: FINO Seppeltsfield, Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield SA 5355

Hero: Emma McCaskill
Award: 2016 Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the Restaurant and Catering Association Awards, 2016 Chef of the Year in the Advertiser Awards for her work at Magill Estate Restaurant and Kitchen

Hero: Paul Baker
Award: 2017 Best Chef Award at the Savour Australia's Restaurant & Catering Awards, 2017 Restaurant of the Year at the Savour Australia's Restaurant & Catering Awards, Contemporary Australian Hall of Fame Award
Where to eat: Adelaide Botanic Garden Restaurant, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


Hero: Michael Downer
2017 Riedel Young Gun of Wine
Where to drink: Murdoch Hill Winery, 260 Mappinga Rd, Oakbank SA 5244

Hero: Paul Hotker
Award: 2017James Halliday Winemaker of the Year
Where to drink: Bleasdale, 1640 Langhorne Creek Rd, Langhorne Creek SA 5255

Hero: Peter Fraser
2016 James Halliday Winemaker of the Year
Where to drink: Yangarra Estate Vineyard, 809 McLaren Flat Rd, Kangarilla SA 5157

Hero: Taras Ochota
2016 Wine & Spirit Magazine’s Top 100 Wineries, 2013 Young Gun of Wine
Where to drink: Lost in a Forest, 1203 Greenhill Rd, Uraidla SA 5142

Hero: Alexia Roberts
Award: 2016 World’s Best Cabernet, Concours International des Cabernets
Where to drink: Penny’s Hill, 281 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171


Heroes: Sacha La Forgia and Toby Kline
Award: 2017 World's Best Gin at the American Distilling Institute for 78 Degrees Gin
Where to drink: Adelaide Hills Distillery, 47 Chambers Rd, Nairne SA 5252

Hero: Corinna Steeb
Award: 2016 Supreme Champion Beer at the International Beer Challenge in London
Where to drink: Prancing Pony Brewery, 42 Mount Barker Rd, Totness SA 5250

Hero: Darryl Caitlin
Award: 2017 Best Dry Style Pear Cider at the World Cider Awards
Where to drink: Sidewood Estate, 15 Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Verdun SA 5245

Heroes: Sarah and Jon Lark
Award: 2017 Champion Gin Trophy at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Where to drink: Kangaroo Island Spirits, 856 Playford Hwy, Cygnet River SA 5223


With us as your guide, embark on a gastronomic journey to South Australia's most spectacular dining destinations.


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