Friday 22nd March 2019
Darren Perryman, Executive Chef at Pialligo Estate, quotes ‘cooking was in his DNA’. Inspired by his grandmother and aunt back in the north of England who were confectionary and pastry chefs, he grew up with the love of food all around him. Starting out as an apprentice in Canberra’s first ‘Nouvelle Cuisine’ Restaurant in the late 1980’s at Nobbs restaurant, Darren then moved to Sydney, where he then worked at the Triple-hatted, Restaurant FortyOne at Chifley Tower.From there he moved to 2-hatted restaurant Bel Mondo, as Sous Chef.
Darren then returned home to Canberra and opened his own restaurant and won ‘Best Restaurant -National’ two years running, awarded by the Australian Hotels Association.
After 13 years at the helm of his own operations, he became Exec.Chef at Telstra Tower for 3 years. His passion for food took on a new direction following a trip to Paris where he fell in love with bread.Upon his return home, Darren spent months reading about his new-found love. 6 months later he was making the best sourdough in Canberra as well as all of the classic French pastries from croissants to pain au chocolat, etc, after opening his own French Boulangerie, where people would queue for hours in the morning just for a loaf of his bread. Darren now has a new home at Pialligo Estate as the Executive Chef, where he is preparing exquisite dishes influenced by his passion for paddock to plate.
Rasa Fabian and Richard Woods have collectively decades of experience in the wine industry. From vine to bottle, from the corporate wine industry to small batch winemaking, from the temperate vineyards of the Clare Valley to the cool climes of the Snowy Mountains.
Throughout their wine journey there’s been one variety that is their passion – Riesling. So much so that Shut The Gate Wines produces four separate Rieslings each year. With over ten years working in the Clare Valley, the historic home of Australia’s greatest Rieslings, Rasa and Richard have learnt much about this noble variety. Join them as they explore the versatility, fragility and longevity of the Riesling grape.