The Gastronomo Dining philosophy is about celebrating and sharing the work and stories of the amazing people and businesses that all help to create the Gastronomo experience. Here are some of our fantastic partners, crew, creators and collaborators.
Gastronomo Head Chef – Rachel Hannaford
Rachel is a renowned chef having cooked at iconic Australian restaurants such as Jolley’s Boathouse (Adelaide) Sean’s Panaroma (Sydney) and Radio Mexico (Melbourne, as well as in the UK and most recently Mexico.
Her cooking is inspired by the heart and soul of her world travels, drawing from the essence of traditional food cultures of Europe, Asia and Mexico, and applying classical cookery techniques to produce a symphony of flavours. Rachel returns to her original home on Kangaroo Island with her wife Georgie, to create harmonic tastes amidst the natural drama and wild settings defined by the Gastronomo wilderness dining offerings.
Gastronomo Demi Chef – Georgie Chazaro
Georgie was raised amongst her chef sisters in Guadalajara, Mexico and is a protector of traditional Mexican cuisine.
Georgie will be curating the special dietary aspects of the menus on offer, for non-meat eaters and low or zero gluten, which is the natural profile of Mexican food. She is excited to be working on Kangaroo Island blending her skills and knowledge with the wonderful array of local produce.
Nick Hannaford – Gastronomo Creative Director
Nick Hannaford has over 25 years’ experience in creating magical and immersive hospitality & tourism adventures – big and small.
Nick pioneered five-star dining in the Queensland rainforest for international incentive groups and guests that included Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.
These events led to the birth of the award winning & iconic Flames of the Forest dining concept that was voted in the top 100 gourmet dining experiences by Gourmet Traveller in 2010.
Creator and producer of the award winning Kangaroo Island FEASTival (Brand SA Regional Tourism award 2014) Nick has worked with some of Australia’s best chefs who include Matt Moran, Simon Bryant, Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer.
His luxury accommodation business LifeTime Private Retreats was winner 2008 T+L Innovators in Travel awards and was a 2010–11 winner at the 2010 South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) Tourism awards. It was voted number 1 honeymoon destination by Australian Traveller magazine.
Carolyn Dowie (Banksy) – Produce & Pantry Manager
Banksy has working in the hospitality industry in Adelaide for many years.
She worked behind the scenes sourcing food and menu testing with Simon Bryant and Maggie Beer in ABC’s hit show – The Cook and the Chef. Carolyn has created Gastronomo’s 2020–21 food pantry creating easy access to the best KI and SA produce for our chefs.
Emma Reeves – Stylist
Thanks to Adelaide chef and stylist Emma Reeves for her support advice and assistance in the styling of the fig tree and other FOH items.
Check her out for your next catering event or styling job.