Capella Chef Profile
Peter Smit is Executive Chef at Capella Lodge. Beginning his career at sister property Southern Ocean Lodge, on the epicurean frontier of Kangaroo Island, Pete pursued his love for fine cuisine at fellow Luxury Lodges of Australia property, El Questro before a second tenure at Southern Ocean Lodge as Sous Chef. A jump across the Tasman for a stint at Wharekauhau Country Estate in New Zealand prefaced time spent with some of Melbourne’s best chefs. Pete’s experience in working in some of the finest kitchens in Australia and New Zealand has led to a real passion for using fresh produce and creating innovative menus that excite the palate and reflect the ingredients’ fresh, clean flavours.
Now that he’s made Lord Howe Island his home, he’s excited to find the local produce including seafood, herbs, free-range eggs and vegetables is singingly fresh and flavourful. All ingredients not grown or caught on Lord Howe are sourced from the island’s state of NSW. His passion for foraging is evident in the rapidly expanding kitchen veggie patch – relationships have been cultivated with plants and islanders alike, who have opened their gardens, in a warm show of community, enabling Pete to showcase the local harvest in a single dish. Rocket flowers, nasturtiums, watercress, oxalis, and various sea herbs are just a small example of the local leaves and flowers Pete uses on all of his dishes. For a chef with a love of dining ‘locavore’, Lord Howe Island is a pretty perfect place to be.
Superb position. Consistently superlative cuisine, very well-presented. Exceptional staff, wonderful view.
Arnold & June Jones QLD, Australia
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