Barossa Cook Inspired by Her Home of Food and Wine

The Barossa’s Tracy Collins knows a thing or two about the area – she is born and raised a local, growing up alongside cooking and producing royalty.

The Barossa’s Tracy Collins knows a thing or two about the area – she is born and raised a local, growing up alongside cooking and producing royalty.

“Growing up in the Barossa, there’s a food and wine connection that you can’t escape,” she says.

“It’s just part of how you live in the Barossa; there’s always someone growing something or who has excess of something, and you help each other out and cook it up!”

Tracy always knew food and wine were both passions of hers, but she wasn’t sure on how to bridge the gap between the two.

In 1999, Tracy and husband Jaysen ventured into the wine business, establishing Massena, one of the members of Artisans of Barossa.

A business woman at heart, Tracy had a successful hairdressing business behind her and over twenty years of experience in the industry, but the passion for food and cooking was not slowing down.

It was when Jaysen put a computer in front of Tracy and encouraged her to apply for cooking show Masterchef that she knew she needed to see her passion through.

“Since Masterchef, I’ve built upon my business skills and done work experience in Adelaide.”

“I love cooking at home, and cooking for those in the industry, producers and chefs.”

Tracy says it’s this that inspired her to build Harvest Kitchen, the newest food and wine experience at Artisans of Barossa, Tanunda.

Tracy says Harvest Kitchen was always a dream of hers, but originally it was intended to be a pop-up for only a few months.

“But then the space became available at Artisans; Pete (Little) and I cooked a few dinners and decided to open up Harvest Kitchen,” she says.

Tracy says Harvest Kitchen was the perfect arrangement between her and Pete Little, former sommelier at Appellation at The Louise.

“The way Pete and I came together; we have very similar backgrounds and do very similar work,” she says.

“People were always saying, ‘what you’re doing sounds like Pete Little’."

“So I contacted him and said ‘let’s join forces and do something great’.”

“We’re very like-minded, we have a similar style and philosophy.”

Tracy says Harvest Kitchen’s menu will always be evolving with the seasons and available produce.

“Harvest Kitchen is about generous, honest and flavoursome food, designed around the seasons and the abundant choice in quality Barossa and South Australian produce we have access to,” she says.

“The menu will be constantly evolving as we want to build our dishes around what’s fresh and at our fingertips.”

Harvest Kitchen is located at Artisans of Barossa, Tanunda.

Visit their website for more information.