An expedition through Australia from Tasmania to the Gulf
An Australian food adventure, from the stark beauty of Tasmania due north through red earth to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
James Viles is one of Australia's most respected chefs. Winning a coveted chef's hat in its first year, Biota Dining is one of the most awarded regional restaurants in NSW. Honoured in the Australian Financial Review Top 100 Restaurants 2015, James won The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Regional Restaurant of the Year 2015 and 2016, second hat in 2017. James' first book, Biota: Grow, gather, cook, was published by Murdoch Books in 2015.
Chef and co-founder of two-hatted Biota Dining in Bowral NSW, James has become one Australia's most respected chefs & restaurateurs, recognised in particular for his commitment to sustainability and his creative affiliation with nature. His menus are deeply connected to the land, and he gathers inspiration from his travels through Australia. Biota Dining has become one of the most awarded regional restaurants in NSW and has retained its two hats with the Good Food Guide since its second year of opening in 2011. James' extra-curricular roles outside of the restaurant include regular travel through Australia documenting ingredients; in 2017 he was officially made 'a friend to Australia' through Tourism Australia and is an active ambassador with Jaguar Land Rover Australia and Electrolux. James first book BIOTA: grow, gather, cook was published by Murdoch Books in 2015.