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Janet Jeffs

The Palais

  • About

    Janet is Director and Executive Chef of Ginger Catering at The National Arboretum, Canberra but her food story began in Adelaide. Her interest in cooking, and farming and enthusiasm for regional, seasonal and ethical produce was manifested as a young chef with Maggie Beer and apprenticeship with Cheong Liew at Neddy’s in the 1980’s. Her first chefs position was in 1981 at Possums (made famous by Phillip Searle) with Barry Ross before moving to the Pheasant Farm in the Barossa Valley to work with Maggie. In 1983 Janet moved to the Regency Hotel School where she remained until 1985. She moved to the Clare Valley and opened her first restaurant Kilikanoon where she remained for 7 years.

    In Canberra Janet opened Juniperberry, a small, fine dining restaurant awarded one chefs hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food guide in every year of operation from 1996 to 2000. Juniperberry moved to the National Gallery of Australia in 2000 and then she established Ginger Catering at Old Parliament House in 2003. Janet opened The Ginger Room in March 2004. Her principal focus is on innovative French and Asian cuisine using regional and seasonal produce. The Ginger Room received many awards including chefs hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. After more than ten years at Old Parliament House, Ginger Catering moved to the newly opened National Arboretum in 2013, a huge 250-hectare site.

    Janet is regarded as Canberra food royalty, (scary for a republican) and was recently made a food ambassador for ACT Tourism. She lives in bucolic bliss on a heritage property near Braidwood where she raises rare breed beasties, gardens and plans self-sufficiency. Join us to welcome back Janet to Adelaide on the Palais.



  • Credits

    Curator and Director Gill Minervini
    Food Manager Angus Love
    Designer Robert Cousins
    Long Lunches Featured Chefs O Tama Carey, Jared Ingersoll, Alex Herbert, Jordan Theodoros, Janet Jeffs

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