The Barrelroom at Ballandean welcomes its new owner-chef

Ballandean Estate’s signature restaurant The Barrelroom has welcomed new owner-chef Brian Maclellan. Trading commenced Friday April 5 and bookings are coming in fast. His ambitious new menu is serving up fresh takes on the classics, showcasing the best of local produce. 

“Serving nutritious, ethical foods prepared with skill and passion is my food philosophy. And bringing together the people, place and passion that make every bottle tell a story is something that excites me when it comes to food pairing. I will be spending some time with Ballandean matriarch Mary Puglisi, who will be sharing some of her secret family recipes handed down through the generations. Expect some tasty new takes on classic dishes! Sit back, relax and indulge,” said Maclellan.

Brian Maclellan brings 30-plus years of culinary expertise as chef lecturer and restaurant owner to this iconic restaurant. He has trained many of Cairns’ top chefs, many of whom now working in five-star hotels around the world.

Paddock to plate tradition continues

Maclellan will be continuing The Barrelroom’s paddock to plate tradition and is a founding member of FAN, the Food and Agricultural  Network which commenced  in Toowoomba late last year through the chamber of commerce.

“Ballandean Estate is committed to supporting local and regional farmers and the Granite Belt’s artisan producers.

“Much of my work with FAN in Toowoomba was to enable local producers to connect with restaurants, cafes, wineries, chefs, cooks and families that want fresh, healthy, local produce and want to support farmers and the local economy.”

“I’m passionate about where food is sourced from, purchasing and consuming food seasonally,” Mr Maclellan said.

Maclellan will be joined by fiancée Mirian Singiat, whom he met in Papua New Guinea seven years ago, who will be helping manage the business.  

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