The Hardy's Verandah Restaurant Team

 
chef

SATO KIKUCHI

Sato began his culinary journey in Japan before being introduced to western dining at dine by Peter Gordon in Auckland where he spent several years during which the restaurant was named best NZ restaurant. Sato honed his skills at Tetsuya’s and Black by Ezard in Sydney, and more recently was head chef at North and Sean’s Kitchen. During his time at the two venues they were awarded ‘Best New Restaurant’ and ‘Best Contemporary Restaurant’ respectively at the SA Restaurant and Catering Awards.

Sato is passionate about beautiful food, South Australia and our state’s bountiful produce. Sato draws inspiration from his Japanese heritage and approach to seasonality to capture the essence of flavour in the Adelaide Hills and South Australia.

"I believe with every season passing our team and our dishes continually grow to highlight the best of what is about in the Adelaide Hills. "



Sato Kikuchi

- Executive Chef

restaurant manager

CHARITY WALTENBAUGH

Charity is the former Director of Operations of Acadia - a 2 Michelin star restaurant in Chicago, Illinois and the former Assistant General Service Manager of Spago at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, by Wolfgang Puck. Charity brings 25 years of experience to the HVR - Hardy's Verandah Restaurant team. With a passion and excitement for food, wine and most of all, hospitality, she is also a certified sommelier.

Charity looks forward to sampling and exploring the wines that Adelaide and Australia have to offer, most notably the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.


assistant restaurant manager

LUCA ABBATIELLO

Luca Abbatiello joins us as Assistant Restaurant Manager originally from a small village near Napoli in the south of Italy. Starting his career in luxury hotel rated "Hotel Martone" and Michelin star "La Scalinatella". He soon had the opportunity to work for two years with renown maitre’d Jean Claude Breton At Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Royal Hospital Rd (3 Michelin star) in London. Following this Luca worked at "Alyn Williams at the Westbury Hotel" 1 Michelin Star dining room prior to relocating to Adelaide as Assistant Manager at Auge Ristorante and George's on Waymouth.


Luca Abbatiello

- Assistant Restaurant Manager

head barman

SIMONE PETRONICI

Simone has an impressive career to date including master bartender and senior bartender roles at some of Sydney's and Italy's best cocktail bars. Prior to relocating to the Adelaide Hills Simone was at Blu Bar and Zeta Bar in Sydney. Simone's vision is to recreate unique and original cocktails following the seasons and taking inspiration from flavours with no barriers. Working with liquid nitrogen, dry ice, fire and smoke, he extracts the flavours that he wants to let customers experience astonishing visual and tasting journeys.


Simone Petronici

- Head Barman