Kenny McHardy

When Manuka’s doors quietly opened in 2015 it didn’t take long for the locals to appreciate the delicious, soulful woodfire mastery from chef & owner Kenny McHardy.
Kenny uses his woodfire oven and the open flames to create simple yet innovative woodfired 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.

There’s a feeling of unpredictability and vulnerability which comes from cooking simply with fire. But Kenny will tell you that’s where the fun begins. The name Manuka comes from his fond childhood memories of growing up in New Zealand collecting manuka firewood at his home on Kawau Island. Hailing originally from NZ, Kenny’s career as a chef began at the age of 14 and has taken him to Michelin starred kitchens 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.

Kenny’s reputation has continued to excel with the success of Manuka Woodfire Kitchen. He and the team have recently been awarded a Chef’s Hat from the Good Food Guide along with coveted spots in Gourmet Traveller and local top restaurant lists. Including #4 in the Top 50 WA restaurants from the WA Good Food Guide.

10:00 - 12:00

Sunday 27th Jun

Chefs Cabin with Kenny McHardy

Get soulful with Kenny McHardy around the kitchen bench. Hailing originally from NZ, Kenny’s career as a chef began at the age of 14 and has taken him to Michelin starred kitchens in London and to the celebrated Two Hatted Walters Wine Bar in Melbourne. Kenny’s reputation has continued to excel with the success of Manuka Woodfire Kitchen. He and the team have recently been awarded a Chef’s Hat from the Good Food Guide along with coveted spots in Gourmet Traveller and local top restaurant lists. Including #4 in the Top 50 WA restaurants from the WA Good Food Guide.

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13:00 - 13:45

Sunday 27th Jun

Cooking Demo with Kenny McHardy

Catch Kenny McHardy (Manuka) on the Festival Village Stage for a live demo! No bookings required, but be early to get a seat. Cooking demos on the Festival Village Stage take place within the village are all INCLUDED in your Festival Village ticket.

10:00 - 13:00

Saturday 26th Jun

Truffle Hunters Brunch with Aaron Carr & Kenny McHardy

The most decadent four-course brunch of the year!

You're in good hands with Yarri’s Aaron Carr and Manuka’s Kenny McHardy. The ultimate way to way to kick off a day in the Festival Village, the menu will be brimming with seasonal Southern Forests produce, freshly unearthed truffle, sparkling wine and locally made juices.

Your ticket allows access to the Festival Village all weekend so once breakfast is done, you're free to enjoy the weekend's activities and return on Sunday.

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