Walter Peak: About Our Chef & Food

Date: 2 February 2021

Fancy going on an adventure to find a delicious banquet-like meal waiting for you at your location? Walter Peak is located close to Queenstown and the food offered at this picturesque High Country Farm is unforgettable. At Walter Peak, we have our very own restaurant named The Colonel’s Homestead. Our Executive Chef, Mauro Battaglia creates magical meals for you to enjoy during your adventure at this serene location, which is located a short cruise across Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu.

About Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant

The Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant which is located at Walter Peak High-Country Farm specialises in serving Gourmet BBQ Dining experiences for guests who are visiting the farm. To get to this location, you must take a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the iconic TSS Earnslaw (free of charge with Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dining). This cruise is a great way to see some of Queenstown’s surroundings which aren’t possible by driving. This historic ship was first launched in 1912, which makes it a true piece of history for the region. When you’re on the TSS Earnslaw, you can even grab a drink from the licenced café on board.

Colonel's Homestead and gardens at Walter Peak High Country Farm

The Colonel's Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak

About Our Chef

The face behind these delicious meals is Mauro Battaglia, who is our talented Executive Chef at The Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant. Mauro uses seasonal produce which is sourced locally to ensure that all dishes have an abundance of flavour. The menu is a Gourmet BBQ Lunch that is fit for feeding any king. Even celebrity chef, Justin North, credited Mauro’s cooking when he visited Walter Peak, stating, “it’s clear that a lot of love, care and thought goes into the food”.

The executive chef at Walter Peak prepares for the BBQ dining in the kitchen

Executive Chef Mauro Battaglia

About the Food at Walter Peak

Maybe herb-crusted butternut squash with Cardrona lamb leg sounds like you? There are also plenty of vegetarian options such as vegetable skewers served with Blue River Halloumi.

The current menu consists of a range of salads, house-made condiments, and bread to start for entrée’s, followed by a mix of deliciously prepared vegetables and meat which had been cooked on the outdoor wood-fire grill. Finish up with a sweet treat like a classic sticky date pudding, try a selection of cheeses or even try it all in this buffet-style feast.

One of the beauties about this Gourmet BBQ Lunch is that it’s a buffet, which means you can try everything that sounds delicious to you!

This menu is focused on creating seasonal produce and showcasing the area, which means that these options will vary slightly, but they’ll still taste just as moreish!

A sample of gourmet food at Walter Peak

Some of the delicious food available at the Colonel's Homestead

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t forget to check out other activities to do while you’re there like the fantastic Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour or Walter Peak Horse Treks.

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