Celebrity chef Adam Swanson develops Italian restaurant Barossa Cucina in Tanunda
Adam Swanson is the latest television celebrity chef to join the small yet growing list throwing a culinary spotlight on the Barossa.
The SA foodie has partnered with Adelaide hotel management group 1834 Hotels to develop the Barossa Cucina restaurant at Barossa Weintal, Tanunda.
His presence in the region follows other television celebrities including Callum Hann, Colin Sheppard, Tracey Collins and John Hughes, who each featured on MasterChef, and Kyle McLean and Tim Attiwell from My Kitchen Rules, along with our biggest food ambassador, Maggie Beer.
Barossa Cucina will serve up traditional Italian-style food using regional ingredients, in a relaxed, family- friendly atmosphere.
It will feature an open kitchen, complete with charcoal grill pit and wood-oven pizza, and will cater for about 220 guests, including 60 in an alfresco beer garden.
The menu is currently in development, but will feature Adam’s take on traditional Italian favourites including antipasti, pasta, wood-oven pizza and grilled, Tuscan-style meats.
Swanson’s is also known for his Mediterranean style through his restaurant Zucca at Holdfast Shores in Glenelg, and is executive chef at Italian restaurant Lot 1 in Sydney.
His television series, Adam’s Pasta Pilgrimage, has aired nationally on the Seven Network and he is a regular on TV cooking shows Ready, Steady Cook, Everyday Gourmet, Good Chef Bad Chef and Out of the Blue.
Swanson said he was excited to bring his authentic, Italian style of cooking to Australia’s most famous wine region.
“The opportunity to work with 1834 Hotels on this project in the Barossa was too good to refuse,” he said.
“I’ve been spending the past few weeks getting out and talking to local producers, such as Schultz and the Barossa Valley Cheese Co., and am looking forward to working with their produce in the kitchen.
“We want to create an authentic Italian atmosphere where people feel comfortable and relaxed, where they can bring their family and friends, and enjoy traditional Italian food featuring local ingredients.
“When you visit an Italian home the first thing you are asked is ‘would you like something to eat’, and I want to create that same welcoming atmosphere at Barossa Cucina,” Swanson added.
1834 Hotels took over management of the Barossa Weintal earlier this year and have spent the past six months refurbishing the public areas, ready for a planned reopening in mid-October.
“Barossa Cucina will welcome both locals and visitors to the region,” Mr Kentwell said.
“We will be installing an extensive wine cellar and are looking forward to working with local wineries to showcase their wines in both the bar and the restaurant.”
Mr Kentwell said stage one of the development would create about 15 new jobs in the region, with recruitment for restaurant, food and beverage staff currently underway.
“We also have plans for a Stage 2 development, which already has council approval, to construct a further 50 accommodation rooms on the site,” he added.