Where chef Rodney Dunn eats in Tasmania and on holiday

Mar 13, 2018

Rodney Dunn, chef-owner of The Agrarian Kitchen eatery and cooking school shares his favourite places to eat in his adopted home of Tasmania and beyond. The 2-hatted Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store was recently named Best Regional Restaurant.

Diners are making the 35-minute drive from Hobart to the once-sleepy New Norfolk, to the very psychiatric hospital that once cast a pall over the town. Their destination: Rodney Dunn’s The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store, which opened in June 2017, and was shortly named Best Regional Restaurant by The Good Food Guide 2018. For the last 10 years, foodies have made a trail to Dunn’s paddock-to-plate cooking school in nearby Lachlan, where they don gumboots and forage and harvest produce from the farm as part of the classes. Dunn, who apprenticed under acclaimed Sydney chef Tetsuya Wakuda is a former food journalist. He shares his favourite places to eat in his adopted home of Tasmania.

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Where are some of your favourite places to eat in Tasmania? 

The food scene is developing really nicely in Tasmania, and there are a few places that we like to go to.


Templo Restaurant (above) in Hobart is a favourite of mine. They do Italian-inspired stuff. We usually do their five-course off-the-menu selection of smaller dishes.

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Franklin (above) is always good. They’ve got a new chef, Analiese Gregory, from Sydney. Like us, she uses a lot of local produce. And she also forages for ingredients. She lived in France in the countryside and worked for renowned French chef Michel Bras.