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Friday 26 May 2023

New chef for Clare Valley hotspot

SLATE, the Pike family's Clare Valley winery restaurant, has a new chief with the appointment of Louis Ritchie in the dual roles of head chef and restaurant manager. 

Ritchie will take responsibility for both the kitchen and front of house operations.

The Clare Valley local joins the Pikes team after eight years working at Seed Clare Valley, where he was head chef for three years. 

“Louis’s passion, energy and well-rounded knowledge of both kitchen and front of house 
put him in a fantastic position to drive the experience at SLATE Restaurant forward,” says managing director Jamie Pike. 

“He has played a key role in the development and delivery of an exceptional customer experience at Seed over many years and given the freedom and support from 
the broader Pikes team, we are very excited to see what he can deliver at SLATE.”

Ritchie says: “I’m really excited by the opportunity. The amount of amazing estate-grown produce here is incredible, and really resonates with my approach to cooking, which is all about creating food that allows fresh local produce to shine without complications.

“The venue itself also has lots of potential, and we’ll be exploring what options we have to create more amazing experiences at SLATE Restaurant.”

He says the menu will "always evolving: as well as estate grown fruit and vegetables, expect to see a lot of locally grown, ethically-raised protein that we will butcher in house 
to make use of the whole animal.

“The Pikes Beer Garden menu will be fun, exciting, unpretentious and just downright delicious."

Jamie Pike says SLATE has survived the challenges of Covid and is ready to thrive. 

"Our family remains staunch in our commitment to offer one of the best food and wine tourism
experiences in Australia and I know from experiencing his food, Louis has the capability to help us deliver on that.”

Pikes Wines was established in 1984 and is a located at Polish Hill River. 

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