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Star chef Jake Kellie is opening Adelaide’s first open-flame restaurant, arkhé

The world-renowned chef is making his fiery restaurant debut in Adelaide, with a new open-flame venue in Norwood.

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Michelin-star chef Jake Kellie is firmly planting his roots in Adelaide, opening the city’s first fully open-flame restaurant, arkhé, this November.

Partnering with Palmer Hospitality, the talented team behind 2KW, Fishbank and Paloma Bar & Restaurant, arhké promises to breathe new life into the iconic heritage-listed building at 127, The Parade, Norwood. 

Having secured the freehold on the heritage-listed building, the opening will mark an exciting move towards high street dining and a truly authentic style of cooking.

The fully renovated space will offer diners a truly immersive experience. With no gas or electricity used in the kitchen – the heart and soul of the venue – arkhé will be as much about the food as it will be about feeling like you are part of the action. 

Paying tribute to the open flame style of cooking that kickstarted his culinary journey, Jake hopes to make customers fall in love with cooking on an open fire.

The former head chef of Burnt Ends, Singapore’s Michelin-starred and World’s 50 Best-ranked barbeque restaurants is excited to bring his own vision to Adelaide.

Having honed his skills under the likes of Scott Pickett (Estelle, Northcote) and Dave Pynt (Burnt Ends), the young chef says opening his own restaurant is both exciting and humbling.

“Adelaide is now home and what a place to be. We are spoilt with choice when it comes to what’s on offer in South Australia, it’s a destination for locally grown produce and wine, and I can’t wait to be a part of showcasing that,” he said earlier in the year.

Adding to his global cooking education, Jake was also the recipient of the San Pellegrino World Young Chef of the Year Award for South East Asia, going on to place 2nd in the world in Milan in 2018 with his signature Aged Pigeon Dish, and has cooked alongside some of the world’s gastronomical giants such as Heston Blumenthal, Scott Pickett and Brett Graham. 

Jake is hoping to bring his own vision of cooking over an open flame to Adelaide to contribute to South Australia’s thriving foodie scene. 

Jake has called Adelaide home for just over a year and feels an instant connection with SA’s relaxed lifestyle, community atmosphere and passion for produce, appearing recently firing up Mayura beef cuts at Tasting Australia. 

Jake says, at its core, arkhé will be about world-class food and an equally good time.

arkhé opens in October at 127 The Parade, Norwood. 

Find out more about arkhé here.

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