Meet our Chefs – Kenny McHardy
When Manuka Wood Fire Kitchen‘s doors quietly opened in 2015, it didn’t take long for the locals to appreciate the delicious, soulful woodfire mastery from our chef and owner Kenny McHardy.
Kenny uses his woodfire oven and the open flames to create simple yet innovative woodfire fare. Sourcing local, seasonal produce from our WA growers and producers whilst supporting ethical and sustainable farming. Produce from Carnarvon to the Great Southern, Manuka gives you the best WA has to offer.
Hailing originally from NZ, Kenny’s career as a chef began at the age of 14, and has taken him to Michelin-starred kitchen in London, and to the celebrated Two Hatted Walters Wine Bar in Melbourne. On returning to WA, he fronted the kitchens of The Garden in Leederville, Coco’s Restaurant in South Perth, The Red Herring in East Fremantle, and Due South in Albany.
There’s a feeling of unpredictabilty and vulnerability which comes from cooking simply with fire, but Kenny will tell you that’s where the fun begins. He and his team have recently been awarded a Chef’s Hat from the Australian Good Food Guide, along with coveted spots in Gourmet Traveller and local top restaurant lists, including the number four position in the Top 50 WA restraurants from WA Good Food Guide.
What’s for dinner at this year’s Fremantle Long Table? Read the menu here.