Our Team - The Hardy's Verandah Restaurant

The Hardy's Verandah Restaurant Team

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head chef


Jin began his culinary journey in Korea before starting a new life here in Australia. Over the past ten years Jin has worked at some of the best restaurants in the country as Sous Chef including The Bridge Room (3 Hats, Good Food Guide’s Best Restaurant 2016, #8 in Gourmet Travellers top 100), Magill Estate (2 Hats, #13 in Gourmet Travellers top 100), Momofuku Seibo (3 Hats, #3 in Gourmet Travellers top 100). He was also invited to work at Noma Australia’s Sydney pop-up.

Jin Choi

- Head Chef

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Originally from Venice, Ivan started his hospitality career in some of the most well know restaurants/hotels in Venice (Hotel Danieli and Cipriani) before moving to London where we worked under celebrity Michelin starred chef Giorgio Locatelli and eventually became restaurant manager at the Soho House group. After this, Ivan became manger at at the world famous Atlantis the Palm in Dubai and three years later helped to open one of Dubai's finest steakhouses with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. To expand his knowledge he moved to Hong Kong in 2015 to be part of the opening team of Portehouse Steakhouse. Here he met chef Stanley Wong under who he became the opening manager of the Eastside Kitchen and Bar in Sydney in 2017.

Ivan Gasparini

- Restaurant Manager

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Giada Sanna hails from Sardinia, Italy. She has been working in hospitality for 15 years including 4 and 5 stars hotels and resorts in different parts of Italy. In 2015 she moved to Sydney working in some of Sydney’s top end dining rooms including Pei Modern and Rockpool Bar and Grill. She has a genuine approach to hospitality, bringing sunshine and happiness to the team and her customers.

Giada Sanna

- Assistant Restaurant Manager

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Luca Abbatiello joins us as Assistant Restaurant Manager originally from a small village near Napoli in the south of Italy. Starting his career in luxury hotel rated "Hotel Martone" and Michelin star "La Scalinatella". He soon had the opportunity to work for two years with renown maitre’d Jean Claude Breton At Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Royal Hospital Rd (3 Michelin star) in London. Following this Luca worked at "Alyn Williams at the Westbury Hotel" 1 Michelin Star dining room prior to relocating to Adelaide as Assistant Manager at Auge Ristorante and George's on Waymouth.

Luca Abbatiello

- Assistant Manager & Sommelier

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Brendan’s hospitality career spans internationally, having lived and worked in five-star hotels, fine-dining restaurants and cocktail bars in Australia and the Maldives. After thirteen years honing his hospitality skills and appreciation of fine wines, he has spent the following five years working in the South Australian wine industry, elevating his already extensive wine knowledge to new heights. Now, as Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant’s Sommelier, he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for fine wines with you.

Brendan Cantrall

- Sommelier

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Simone has an impressive career to date including master bartender and senior bartender roles at some of Sydney's and Italy's best cocktail bars. Prior to relocating to the Adelaide Hills Simone was at Blu Bar and Zeta Bar in Sydney. Simone's vision is to recreate unique and original cocktails following the seasons and taking inspiration from flavours with no barriers. Working with liquid nitrogen, dry ice, fire and smoke, he extracts the flavours that he wants to let customers experience astonishing visual and tasting journeys.

Simone Petronici

- Head Barman

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