Barossa Valley, South Australia, 19th November 2014: As Relais & Châteaux launched its 2015 ‘Taste of the World’ guide this week, it was officially announced that Hentley Farm Restaurant had been admitted as the collection’s second South Australia member.
Relais & Châteaux board member and Regional Delegate for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, Mr Jim Carreker (owner of The Louise Barossa Valley), has welcomed nearby Hentley Farm Restaurant owner Keith Hentschke and chef Lachlan Colwill into the membership of more than 530 worldwide restaurants and luxury accommodations offering exceptional culinary destination experiences to global food travellers. Relais & Châteaux is a Paris-based membership-owned network of independent boutique hotels and many of the world’s great restaurants. In only a few places worldwide are there a tight cluster of Relais & Châteaux members such as the two restaurants (Hentley Farm and Appellation) and an upscale accommodation (The Louise) as is now available to Relais & Châteaux guests in the Barossa Valley.
The formal notification of Hentley Farm’s new membership in the Association has occurred at the Relais & Châteaux “Les Rendez-Vous” global meeting of its members, attended by more than 450 owners, chefs and lifestyle media in Paris. In this 60th year of Relais & Châteaux, International President, Mr Philippe Gombert, praised the youthful team at Hentley Farm Restaurant for “creating a leading example of contemporary regional dining, which will be the delight of visitors to the renowned Barossa wine region.”
Hentley Farm joins Relais & Châteaux members setting a world-class standard of culinary excellence across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, including the renowned Tetsuya’s in Sydney and sublime lodge dining experiences as The Louise, Qualia and Jonah’s in Australia; Huka Lodge, Otahuna Lodge, Matakauri Lodge, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Lodge and Whare Kea Lodge in New Zealand; Dolphin Island in Fiji and La Taha’a Resort and Spa in Tahiti.
About Hentley Farm Restaurant
Since opening in 2012 Hentley Farm Restaurant has evolved to become one of Australia’s culinary success stories. Receiving South Australia’s Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Regional Restaurant awards as well as being one of only two SA restaurants to be rated with Four Forks by the Advertiser. Hentley Farm Winery is also well revered and is the current James Halliday Australia winery of the year.
Hentley Farm’s executive chef Lachlan Colwill’s “ambitious sophisticated menus meld surprise with a delicious sense of place”. A Barossa boy originally, he has worked and trained at top restaurants around the world and is now happy to be back in the Barossa Valley with his vision of “Heading up a kitchen that is a continuous think tank of ideas in food, connecting with the guests that visit Hentley Farm, and being part of a team that strives for excellence in every aspect, from vineyard to wine to food to experiences.
Hentley Farm Restaurant opens for lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, offering either the du jour menu or the full ‘Discovery’ menu paired alongside the award-winning Hentley Farm wines.
Bookings at Hentley Farm Restaurant are available by calling +61 (0)8 8562 8427.
About Relais & Châteaux
Relais & Châteaux is an association of 530 of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants, in 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its ‘art de vivre’ across the globe by selecting outstanding character properties. Each member has its own distinctive personality, but Relais & Châteaux hoteliers and chefs are united in their passion for hospitality, commitment to quality and an aspiration to deliver an ever-higher level of service. www.relaischateaux.com