As the name would suggest, Dan Moss’s Terroir Auburn is all about championing local produce. “Our philosophy is fiercely local. We want to offer locals and visiting guests a modern interpretation of all things Clare Valley, and for our community to be proud of and excited about what we are producing,” Dan says.
Terroir Auburn was established in 2012 and is located in a historic 1860s building in the beautiful township of Auburn. Dan heads up the kitchen, serving Modern Australian cuisine, and runs the restaurant alongside brother Rohan, who is a qualified butcher and cheesemaker. “We look to highlight seasonality in a professional yet relaxed atmosphere, and at an affordable price,” Dan says.
Like fellow finalist Cam O’Keefe, Dan is an alumnus of the Appetite for Excellence program. “What I learnt from being a Young Restaurateur national finalist in 2015 was life-changing. The people I met and what I took away from the experience really inspired me to take Terroir to the next level,” he says.
Having spent last year implementing the feedback and advice he garnered from the judges, producers and his peers, Dan sees this year’s program as an opportunity to benchmark his progress. “It’s not so much about winning for me,” he says. “I’m dead set thrilled to be given the opportunity to be exposed to more knowledge that could help me as a person and as a restaurateur.”
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