Alla Wolf-Tasker AM is the Culinary Director and co-proprietor, of Australia’s much loved and iconic Lake House in Daylesford. Now in its fourth decade, Lake House continues to collect accolades and awards and remains on the significant national “Best Of” listings.

Alla is herself the recipient of a myriad of ‘Contributions to Industry’ awards, has several ‘Living Legend’ awards under her belt and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her work in the hospitality and tourism areas.

Late summer, early autumn 2019 – A birth announcement

After months of development and anticipation I’m over the moon to announce the birth of Dairy Flat Farm Daylesford, our own 38 acre regenerative growing facility 10 minutes down the road from Lake House. Much is still in development, some cannot yet be announced. But 5 acres of dedicated newly developed vegetable gardens, a barn, 3 hoop houses, a glass house; a planted orchard of 300 trees; an existing repaired olive grove of 200 trees to a similarly attended to 5 acre vineyard are now all up and flourishing. Most importantly we now have our own pristine and freshly picked produce coming in on a daily basis which we are delighted to share with you.

We are not forgetting our local community of growers and farmers some of whom we’ve forged relationships with over decades. You’ll find them noted throughout our menus. But we’ve always had to supplement what they’ve been able to provide.  Our Farm will now serve that purpose, as well as allowing us to experiment with rare and interesting things for our menus.

We also have our eye on the opportunity to do far more preserving and fermentation with excess produce. Dairy Flat Farm has extensive cellaring space. We are excited to be able to share more about this new Lake House chapter with you in the coming months. Watch this space…

There’s plenty of autumn abundance rolling in. And all indicators point to a bumper season. But, after many years, my learnings are that there are no rules. Seasonal expectations can never be governed by the calendar. Mother Nature walks entirely to the beat of her own drum and delivers (or not) when she is good and ready. We’ve now joined the ranks of those who have to deal with this most capricious of mistresses on a daily basis. I imagine there’ll be plenty of ups and downs in this journey.


Some of Alla's Awards

  • Member of the Order of Australia

    ‘Legend’ – Good Food Guide

    Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food – The delicious. Produce Awards

    Outstanding Contributions to Hospitality – Gourmet Traveller

    Outstanding Contributions to Hospitality – RCA

    Living Legend – Melbourne Food & Wine

    Legend of the Industry – The Foodservice Awards

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