Alla Wolf-Tasker is the executive chef and co-proprietor of Daylesford dining stalwart Lake House. In 2007, she was named a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to Tourism and Hospitality.
An icon in regional dining, Lake House has long been considered to be one of Australia’s best restaurants, championing local seasonal cuisine long before it became a mantra for many. The hotel and all manner of indulgent facilities that have grown around the restaurant over the past three decades continue to delight visitors from near and far.
Alla Wolf-Tasker has enough national and international awards to fill virtually every wall of her fabled house on the lake. Recent accolades for the restaurant and hotel include listing in Tatler London’s Top 100 hotels in the world, listing in The Australian’s Hottest 50 Restaurants and Australia’s top hotel dining room from Gourmet Traveller magazine.
As a roving ambassador of sorts, Alla participates in food festivals all around the world, also spreading her message of the importance of reconnecting with our food and its provenance. She is probably happiest nowadays in gumboots in the paddock of one of the local farms that supply Lake House, or overseeing the production of some bespoke traditional smallgoods.
At Lake House, she remains at the helm of a team of creative and dedicated young chefs and hospitality professionals.
Amongst Alla’s many personal awards are the title of ‘Living Legend’ from the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Award for Professional Excellence from The Age Good Food Guide and a Lifetime Achiever Award from Australia’s Restaurant and Caterer’s Association. In 2012 she was given The Age Good Food Guide Legend Award for her contribution to the hospitality industry.
Alla’s book, Lake House – A Culinary Journey in Country Australia, was published by Hardie Grant in 2006.