Former Leigh Street Wine Room head chef Jake Kellie is making a move to Port Adelaide’s Pirate Life Brewery.
The 29-year-old will use his skillset cooking over an open flame at two purpose-built food trucks in the brewery’s Baker Street beer garden. The truck will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 27 until February.
Kellie moved to Adelaide as a much-hyped star recruit at Leigh Street Wine Room earlier this year. He finished up at the restaurant in October after one month in the role. Prior to this, Kellie spent three years as head chef at Singapore’s Michelin-starred and World’s 50 Best-ranked barbecue restaurant, Burnt Ends.
“I’m super stoked to be here,” Kellie said in a press release. “It’s going to be a lot of fun over the summer period. It’ll be a lot of whole cuts, whole strip loin, whole pork, big lamb ribs. We’re doing a vegetarian option and we’ll bring in some seafood, probably in the next couple of weeks. It’s going to be epic.”
Kellie will be joined in the truck by Zachary Goddard, who cut his teeth working for esteemed fine diner Leroy in London. The menu will also feature Wagyu cheeseburgers, gourmet salads and Szechuan dusted white bait.
Pirate Life’s head of hospitality Katie van de Merwe says the collaboration is something “super exciting for the summer in Port Adelaide”. “We’re super excited to have the guys joining the crew and adding a charcoal element to our food offering down here at the venue. Beer goes so well with good food and good friends, so this collaboration seemed like a no brainer.”
Food will be served between 12pm and 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12pm to 8pm on Sundays.