The Team

The Hardy's Verandah Restaurant Team



Wayne embraced his love of food at an early age, forming and honing his skills in the kitchens of acclaimed Australian & International restaurants – Urbane, Quay, Two Rooms (Tokyo), Waku Ghin (Singapore) and, most recently, Sake (Double Bay).

Wayne crafts his menus from the provisions of nature – the locational and seasonal fruits of labour – drawing on his travels and experiences 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. "

Wayne Brown

- Executive Chef

restaurant manager


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.



Patrick is an Adelaide native who, after many years working as a Sommelier in some of Sydney’s finest dining establishments, returns to his home town to share his experience and further refine his craft.

He was one of the first Australian Sommeliers to attain the Advanced Certificate offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers: is an alumni of the Len Evans Tutorial; winner of the 2011 Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine new Wine Writer Award; is on the National Wine Show Judging circuit, having judged at numerous Capital City and Regional Wine Shows.

Patrick brings a tremendous depth and breadth of experience to the role here at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, working together with Head Chef Wayne Brown to create a peerless dining experience.

“I take my inspiration from our beautifully located perch overlooking the Piccadilly Valley to craft a wine list that celebrates the best our region and state has to offer. These are proudly placed alongside a comprehensive selection of the finest producers in Australia and from the World’s greatest wine regions to provide a list that will surprise and delight.”

Patrick White

- HVR Sommelier

assistant restaurant manager


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