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Santiago Fernandez

Head Chef
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Biography

“Wine isn’t just a beautiful accompaniment to a meal; it is the seasoning that brings all the flavours together on the plate”.

This is the ethos of chef Santi Fernandez, Head Chef of Voyager Estate and winner of ‘Regional Chef of the Year’ and ‘Regional Restaurant of the Year’ in the 2018 WA Good Food Guide Awards.

Inspired by the creativity in the vineyard, Santi develops a new menu every two months with every dish paying homage to the time, passion and craft put into each the wine.

Spanish-born Santi joined Voyager Estate two years ago, bringing culinary expertise from his time in Michelin-starred restaurants Tristan in Mallorca, Restaurant Toni Vicente, Santiago de Compostella and Tapies Restaurant, Lleida before landing in Australia and taking the reins as Head Chef of Sault Daylesford, Victoria, for five years. Santi fell in love with Margaret River from his first visit, with the salty air and rugged coastline evoking fond memories of his upbringing in the small Spanish port town of Galicia.

The result are dishes that pay tribute to the wine, the surrounding region and its produce perfectly.