The Appellation team

Daniel Murphy Daniel Murphy

Executive chef Daniel Murphy, a 30-year old born and bred Barossan, has joined Appellation after over a decade spent developing his skills both overseas and in South Australia.  Daniel can boas over 2 years alongside Mark McNamara at St Hugo restaurant, highlighting a wonderful legacy of regional culinary skill development with Mark being Appellation’s original executive chef nearly 12 years ago.

Prior to St Hugo, Daniel was part of the opening team at Fino Seppeltsfield and his resume highlights committed stints in iconic SA restaurants such as Saltram and Jolley’s Boathouse – All punctuated by extensive international travel and stage experience. His instinctive flair for simplicity and seasonality reflects close ties with Barossa producers and growers, while the new kitchen team clearly identifies the next generation of Barossa chef talent – Including his talented wife, Appellation head chef and pastry specialist, Emily Laubsch.

Both Daniel and Emily have chosen to express their refined, regional dining story in Australia’s global wine and food region of Barossa.  They are proud to call most of their team and network of growers; friends, family and neighbours. Choosing to invest their careers and culinary vision in their regional home, further reinforces The Louise and Appellation’s overarching commitment to community and industry sustainability.