Chefs-in-Residence | Dine at Seville Estate
Our restaurant is simple. We host visionary chefs who create unique menus that pair with our wines for limited-time residencies. Dining at Seville Estate is like being invited to the best dinner party ever — top chefs serving exquisitely crafted food alongside our award-winning wines in the company of new friends.
James developed a deep-rooted appreciation for the land, farmers, and producers from a young age while growing up in rural New Zealand.
After spending 8 years in London, with 3 of those years as head chef at the esteemed seafood destination J Sheekey, James made his way to Hong Kong. There, he embarked on the journey of launching the Seafood Room. Subsequently, he dedicated 6 years to Melbourne, where he led the kitchens at Iki Jime under Shannon Bennett and Cumulus Inc under Andrew McConnell.
Recently, James ventured into independent endeavours, founding Tenable Dining. Alongside a team of like-minded chefs, he oversees the culinary experiences at both Bonny Fitzroy and Ms Botanica Yarraville. James’s driving passion lies in celebrating seasonal, locally sourced produce, raised with care and responsibility. His advocacy extends to promoting ethically harvested wild game meats and establishing direct relationships with farmers and producers whenever feasible.
What to expect
Seville Estate Chefs-in-Residence is a series of communal feasts unlike any other, carefully curated by visionary resident chefs, and brought to life with the exquisite wines of Seville Estate, all plated and served from one table. You will join like-minded food and wine lovers, embarking on an unforgettable culinary journey.
Each sitting promises to be an extraordinary experience, where the spotlight shines on the quality produce sourced from the stunning Yarra Valley and the exceptional wines of Seville Estate.
You’ll be seated at your own table with access to a shared-style set menu, carefully crafted by our talented chefs in collaboration with our Seville Estate team that changes weekly. We like to keep things exciting and surprising, that’s why we’ll be keeping each week’s menu a well-guarded secret until closer to the event. Trust us, it’s worth the anticipation.
Book your table
Our restaurant is open every Saturday for lunchtime sittings only, starting at 12.30pm.