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TAS Country : August 5th 2010
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 6, 2010 Tucked away in the quiet hamlet of Lachlan in the Derwent Valley is one of Australia's best farm food experiences, reports Alice Claridge. THE Agrarian Kitchen is the brainchild of Tas- mania's own celebrity chef Rodney Dunn and his wife, Severine Demanet. The couple are not un- familiar with attention from national media. Earlier this year, The Agrarian Kitchen topped the Australian Traveller magazine's list of Aust- ralia's Top 100 gourmet experiences. And this week the busi- ness featured on the tele- vision travel show Get- away. The unique farm-based cooking school has lured an ever growing number of foodies from around the country to Lachlan. ''We just wanted to get away and do a quiet little school in Tasmania, but it just exploded. ''We didn't expect so much attention, but it is fantastic,'' Mr Dunn said. ''It means we're flat out, we don't have to think where the next person is coming from --- the wait- ing list [for the cooking classes] is long as our arms.'' Chef Dunn served his apprenticeship with re- nowned Tetsuya Wakuda and later was appointed food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller. Dunn's enthusiasm and passion for growing and cooking food is infectious, making it clear why the Agrarian Kitchen has seen so much success in the two years since it opened. Originally from Griffith, NSW, Dunn said when looking for a location for their cooking school Lach- lan chose them. Once they had decided on Tasmania as the lo- cation they looked first at building a new property. ''But when we saw some of the old buildings in the Derwent Valley, we re- alised you can't build that sort of character,'' he said. When the original Lach- lan school house, built in 1887, came onto the market Dunn and Demanet knew they had found the place. After many hours of work on the existing prop- erty, a sustainable 2 ha farm now surrounds the school house, where they both live and work. Vegetables, fruit, herbs, meat, poultry and more are all grown on the property. ''At the moment 80 per cent of the produce we cook with is grown on our property, and that in- creases more and more as we go on,'' ''What we don't grow on the farm, we try to source locally, like these duck eggs are from just down the road, and so are these quail eggs.'' Very little is brought in from elsewhere, only what can not be sourced in Tasmania, such as flour, sugar and some spices. ''It is such a privilege for me to serve the quality of hand-line caught fish I can source here in Tasmania, the same as the likes of Kylie Kwong and Neil Perry serve, and people in Tokyo pay a premium price for,'' he said. ''I'm passionate about flavour and it's always rewarding to see people enjoy your food --- but I see News Advertisement Authorised by the Electoral Commissioner, West Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT. If you know you can't make it to vote on election day, Saturday 21st August, vote early. Your vote is a valuable thing, and all enrolled Australian citizens over 18 are required by law to vote. So if you're going to be away from home, or unable to make it to a polling place in your state or territory on election day, make sure you vote early. You can apply for a postal vote, or vote at any early voting centre. all 1 2 2 or visit www.aec.gov.au for more information. AEC V
August 12th 2010