Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley plates up ‘James and Friends’

A Culinary Adventure Inspired by the Land

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley introduces ‘James and Friends’, a collaboration between the resort’s Creative Director James Viles and three of Australia’s finest chefs, taking place on Saturday, 13 March 2021.

Reflecting the resort’s culinary philosophy, this gourmet event will celebrate the finest produce sourced from local farmers, vintners and growers.

Set in the wild beauty of a protected nature reserve, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers guests the chance to ‘eat and drink local’, discovering the very best of the region’s exceptional food and wine.

James Viles in the Chefs Garden at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

James and his peers – Lennox Hastie, Head Chef and Owner of Firedoor, Brent Savage, Co-owner and Chef of Bentley Group, and David Moyle, Chief of Food at Byron Bay’s Barrio, Harvest and Sparrow Coffee – will come together to create a delicious six-course degustation menu cooked over coals for resort guests to enjoy. The menu will highlight ingredients sourced in and around the resort and wider Blue Mountains region.

“It’s great to be collaborating with some of my closest friends to create a memorable dining experience at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley,” said James Viles, Creative Director, Food & Beverage, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

“We’ve designed a degustation menu that weaves together our different culinary styles and showcases the remarkable local produce for which this region is famous.”

With just 50 spots available for in-house guests, the exclusive lunch will take place at the 1832 Heritage Homestead, with sweeping views of the valley and soaring bush escarpments.

In keeping with the resort’s passion for sustainability, the menu will feature freshwater fish found in the nearby streams such as trout and wild barramundi, as well as locally sourced beef, accompanied by fresh vegetables and herbs picked from the resort’s Kitchen Garden. Native plants such as wattle and strawberry gum foraged on the reserve will also be used to create a selection of bush teas and 1832 Wolgan Gin spritzers for guests to enjoy while they dine.

James and Friends

“We are thrilled to be welcoming some of Australia’s best chefs to Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley to create a locally-inspired culinary feast alongside James Viles,” said Tim Stanhope, General Manager of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. “James and Friends will be a one-of-a-kind event and reflects our commitment to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests.”

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Combining ultra-luxury with a quintessential Australian bush experience, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a world-leading example of carbon neutral conservation and sustainable design. Occupying just one percent of a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve, the resort is located between two national parks in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, a mere 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney on Australia’s Great Dividing Range.

James and Friends is priced at AU$495 per person and available for resort guests to book directly with Guest Services. For reservations or more information about Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, visit oneandonlyresorts.com.

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