Archives: Talent

Kenny McHardy

When Manuka’s doors quietly opened in 2015 it didn’t take long for the locals to appreciate the delicious, soulful woodfire mastery from chef & owner Kenny McHardy. Manuka Woodfire Kitchen is a fully licensed Hatted restaurant with alfresco serving local wine, craft beer, cider and spirits. Kenny uses his woodfire oven and the open flames …

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Jed Gerrard

Hearth, the signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Perth showcases the very best that Western Australia has to offer and is led by award-winning Executive Chef, Jed Gerrard. Chef Jed’s passion for local sustainable produce developed during his childhood growing up in country Western Australia, where he frequently went fishing and foraging. Jed’s love for the …

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Larry Blight

Larry is a Menang Man, who is passionate about his Boodja (Land) and all things on it. Larry has extensive knowledge of local bushfoods, medicines, fauna, local stories and traditions.Larry has been passing on this knowledge through cross-cultural awareness workshops, Aboriginal tourism, school educational workshops and more. Larry has helped on archaeological digs and research. …

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Kris Nelson Band

Kris Nelson is a multi award winning indie/folk artist based in WA’s Great Southern. His sound falls somewhere between the likes of Passenger and Gregory Alan Isakov. It’s best described as a blend of the lyrical focus of folk and the energy and stylings of indie.With over 15 years of experience under his belt, Nelson’s …

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Mama Kin

Mama Kin is an ARIA Nominated, WAM award winning artist who has built her reputation on stirring live performances centered around story and song. Mama Kin Spender, her current project with longtime friend and collaborator Dingo Spender, sees her playing stand up drum kit to his electric guitar, howling out their harmonies, usually backed by …

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Vikki Thorn & The Red Tails

While the Waifs (and the rest of the world) were put out of action, Vikki Thorn found solace and kinship in singing harmonies in the forest on the south coast of WA.After spending four ‘Covid months’ hunkered down in a beach shack, Vikki (aka @Thornbirdmusic) came out of iso with a handful of new songs …

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Emma Farrelly

For over 19 years, Emma’s passion for the wine industry has produced award-winning wine lists across top venues in Perth.As Director of Wine for the State Buildings & Como The Treasury, Emma’s invaluable insights and industry-wide network enables her to curate unique wine lists and wine events for each of the award-winning restaurants at the …

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Tamara Osborne-Spong

Tamara has called Albany her home since the age of seven. With her interest in cooking sparked by helping her Nan cook the Sunday Roast and “peel the spuds”, she went on to complete Cert II in Commercial Cooking and work in local kitchens, preparing fish and seafood, as well as at Boston Brewery.As part …

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Toby Ley

Toby grew up in the Blue Mountains in NSW and is well accustomed to busy tourism venues from throughout his apprenticeship and working career! Having taken a 12 month camping holiday around Australia with his then girlfriend, Toby has made Albany his home in the last 12 months, also celebrating his recent marriage.Being familiar with …

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Lachlann Lawton

Lachlann Lawton is a Western Australian Baritone and a 2021 Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist with West Australian Opera. In 2020 Lachlann performed the role of Ben in West Australian Opera’s digital performance of The Telephone by Menotti and covered the role of Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte. Lachlann completed a Master of Music at the …

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