Sunday, 25 April 2021

Barossa kitchen "dream team" gets back together

A decade ago, Pete Little, Jamie Wall and Charanjit ‘Sunny’ Chawla worked together in 2011 at the renowned Appellation restaurant at The Louise in the Barossa Valley. 

Ten years on, having all built their own reputations, the "dream team" has reunited at Harvest Kitchen at Vine Vale, part of the Calabria Family Wines cellar door building. 

Little worked at Appellation as the director of food and beverage, Wall was sous chef and Chawla was chef de partie.

Little was a founding director of Harvest Kitchen - which previously shared the space with Artisans of Barossa - while Wall is now head chef and Chawla the sous chef.

“I feel that the stars aligned and we have been able to bring the band back together,” Little said.

“We connected all those years ago while working at one of Barossa’s finest restaurants, and working together again has been seamless – it’s as if no time passed at all!”

After spending years working under Mark McNamara’s watchful eye at Appellation, it came as no surprise that the team share a similar vision in the kitchen together.

“We can confidently attribute a lot of our confidence in the kitchen to Mark, the man who’s use of spice was paramount and who’s most frequent saying was ‘it needs more salt!' ” Wall said. 

“Sunny is like a brother from another mother and working together isn’t only fun, we also push each other to be better and to create better food.”

Harvest Kitchen’s menu is Mediterranean-focused. 

Located at 284 Magnolia Road, Vine Vale, Harvest Kitchen operates for lunch seven days a week from 11:30am and for dinner on Saturday nights from 6pm.


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