The Ultimate MasterChef Experience in Hahndorf

Sunday, June 10, 2018

There’s no doubt about it, there’s a foodie buzz in the air right now, as MasterChef Australia visits South Australia to showcase our fantastic regions over six unmissable episodes airing from Sunday 10 June.

Coming to South Australia to film SA Week, loveable MasterChef judge, Gary Mehigan took a trip down the Main Street of Hahndorf popping his head into some of our favourite shops and have a beer at the German Arms. With an overt love of quality kitchen tools, and a recipe repertoire calling for precision slicing and dicing, it’s no surprise he stopped into The Knife Shop during his visit.

Tune into TEN for Episode Three of SA Week on Tuesday 12 June to watch all the excitement of the Adelaide Hills feature. Or, if you miss it, catch up on TEN Play.


Image via The Haus

Hahndorf Business & Tourism Association Chair, Jason Duffield says the town is incredibly excited that the region and its fantastic produce is receiving this exposure from MasterChef, a program that’s really enjoyed nationwide.

This spotlight on the gastronomic talent, bursting from the tree-lined seams of the Adelaide Hill’s, has seen an interest in the world of food deliciously reignited. There really are some exquisite flavours to be experienced here.

The Lane Vineyard Restaurant in Hahndorf offers a sensory Chef’s Table experience with Head Chef, James Brinklow, accompanied by a perfect wine pairing. Gather Food & Wine offers private dining experiences using foraged wild ingredients that will change the way you see (and taste) the landscape around you. There is truly no shortage of culinary splendour.


Image via The Lane Vineyard Facebook Page

‘We already knew it, but it’s thrilling to show Australia that there is amazing produce here, worthy of commercially broadcasted competition and worthy of being judged’, says Duffield.

For South Australia’s budding foodies, and those who put the epic in epicure, the ultimate MasterChef experience is right in your backyard. While you might have a bit of trouble getting George, Gary or Matt on the phone, your judges will be those lucky enough to be invited over for dinner.

If you’re wondering what the Hahndorf secret is, it’s simple. You really can taste the difference when you cook with organic, local food; the flavours are intense and they create a sense of place in every bite. So where can you go to gather a MasterChef-worthy basket of ingredients?

Starting at the Hahndorf Fruit & Veg Market, collect fresh seasonal produce grown in the rich soils of the Adelaide Hills. Then to Udder Delights, choosing from handmade artisanal cheeses with 100% organic dairy sourced entirely from South Australian farmers. Harris Smokehouse is the best place to choose from an amazing array of premium smoked seafood, that has been harvested from pristine waters. Ensure your meats come directly from paddock to plate, by stopping off at Max Noske & Son Butchery for some of their incredible home-grown beef and German smallgoods. All within five minutes of Hahndorf’s Main Street!


Image: Udder Delights

And for dessert? Chocolate No.5 provide artisanal chocolates made in-store with local cream and sustainably sourced cocoa, while Beerenberg Farm is a household name for the freshest, juiciest strawberries in SA. A visit to Hanhdorf Sweets is a trip down memory lane for every sweet-tooth, where you can pick up a huge range of local treats, from homemade fudge to your favourite lollies and chocolate.

From here it won’t take much to make your food sing. Ask any great chef and they’ll tell you that great food begins with fresh, quality produce.

‘We hope these episodes will make South Australians and tourists more aware that delicious, locally grown and locally made produce is thriving here’, says Duffield.

If you need a masterclass of your own to whip up a three-course meal of your dreams, Rilka’s Cooking School in Hahndorf is a great way to be inspired and learn some invaluable tricks of the trade. She, like so many other locals living and working in Hahndorf, are driven by their love of good, honest food.

Great cooking isn’t all croquembouche and blast chillers, it’s about great produce and a passion for flavour. So the next time you visit Hahndorf, why not make it a food adventure worthy of MasterChef.

Discover what else you can do and see, and the best places to stay in Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills here.