The Appellation team

Ryan Edwards Ryan Edwards

Executive Chef

Ryan grew up on a small mixed farm just outside Lyndoch, here in the Barossa Valley. He has a genuine connection to the land and a love of real food and food traditions. Originally studying engineering, he then switched in his final year to a career that had become his passion and went on to complete a cookery apprenticeship.  He continued to broaden his experience through working in deluxe resorts in far North Queensland and the Gold Coast before returning to the Barossa in 2004 eventually joining the team at Appellation in 2008.

He brings to the team a positive, nurturing, can-do attitude, and his hands on approach to maintaining old food ways can be clearly seen in his passion for brewing, baking and generally following a philosophy that sees ethical eating, low food miles, and the sustainability of food resources as central to good food at any level.

Cassaly Fitzgerald Cassaly Fitzgerald

Sommelier/Assistant Restaurant Manager

A hospitality professional, Cass joined Appellation in 2008 and has been part of the key front-of-house team ever since. A Barossan local through and through, Cass grew up in the glorious altitudes of the beautiful Eden Valley and helped her parents run the well-known local pub. Her previous roles in the industry have included front-of-house stints at local wineries and restaurants as well as time as a chef at a local bistro. And even within the Appellation surrounds she has been involved in several facets of the restaurant at a management level, with her current role supervising the daily running of Appellation as well as guiding Appellation’s award-winning wine list.

Naturally curious and studious by nature, Cass has a number of educational achievements under her belt. These include Court of Master Sommeliers wine certificate, WSET certificate,  participation in the Negociants ‘Working with Wine Fellowship” and one not to shy away from a challenge she currently studies Business Management (when she’s not squirreling about in Appellation’s 500-strong wine cellar). Aside from travel, baking and time with her husband, animals and friends, Cass’s aim is to embrace all opportunities and challenges. And we think she does a pretty good job of it!