A LIST of the top influencers in the state’s food scene has been compiled as part of an intitiave by
the Mercury – and a New Norfolk chef was top of the class.
Award-winning Agrarian Kitchen chef and author Rodney Dunn is continuing to lead from the front on Tasmania’s food scene, beating out 29 of the state’s best chefs to be crowned most influential.
On an average day, Mr Dunn spends his time milking goats for his housemade cheese, curing salamis and weeding.
It’s these simple pleasures carried out in an idyllic location — along with a compulsion to share them — that inspired the former Sydneysider and magazine food editor to set up his farm-based cooking school and eatery in the Derwent Valley with wife Severine.
“Tasmania has the potential to become a really special food destination,” he says. And the secret ingredient?
Dunn says: “The amazing thing about Tasmania is its climate. That cool climate allows long, slow ripening and the development of flavour. And to pick it and serve it as close to that point as possible … there’s flavours there and it doesn’t matter how good you are as a chef, you can’t create that.”
LOCAL FLAVOURS: Chef Rodney Dunn at the Agrarian Kitchen at New Norfolk.