Shannon Flemming

Some information from The Adelaide Review and his Facebook

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Fleming splits his work time between catering jobs as owner of Forgotten Seasons and head Chef at Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills. The native food enthusiast also consults for companies such as Something Wild, works closely with Ngeringa and guest chefs across the country. His idyllic Hills lifestyle is a million miles from the pressures of a professional kitchen, an environment Fleming called work for 17 years. When he decided to quit Orana and Blackwood, Fleming’s initial plan was to take it easy and spend more time with his family.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Fleming says. He admits the first few months were tough. He worried about his old place of work and his former team.

“It took me a long time to get over that,” he says. “You want to know what’s going on, you want to know if the restaurant’s going well, how this person is going, that person.”

A few months later Orana was crowned Australia’s best restaurant by Gourmet Traveller.

“It wasn’t my award,” he answers when asked about it. “It was their award. They deserved it. They took the restaurant to another level.”