Mark McNamara

Acclaimed Executive Chef Mark McNamara brings his innate knowledge of regional and seasonal produce to the fore, crafting exquisite dishes that celebrate the best of the Barossa, and drawing on his deep understanding of food and wine pairing to perfectly accent the St Hugo winery restaurant.

Mark is most well known for his 7 year stint as executive chef at one of regional South Australia’s most prominent restaurants, Appellation @ The Louise, Barossa where he racked up a stack of accolades and regional awards.

Born in London U.K., Mark commenced his cooking career in Adelaide in 1977. On finishing his training at Regency College he was awarded top honours for his year and went on to work extensively in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. A graduate in gastronomy from Adelaide University he has also lectured in wine and food with TAFE SA and Le Cordon

His expertise and diverse knowledge of Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern Cuisine is an exciting addition to Sticky Rice Cooking School.