Kleenheat Kitchen

There’s something wonderful about picking fresh produce from your own yard to make a healthy and flavoursome meal. But how do you turn your thriving fruit and veggie patch into amazing recipes the whole family will love?

The Kleenheat Kitchen is bringing the heat with a fantastic line-up of passionate local chefs providing daily cooking demonstrations that feature delicious local produce. Join us for home-grown recipes, samples, and prizes across the four days.


11 MAY

Confit and barbecued carrots, Geraldton wax salsa verde, whipped tofu and quinoa

11am-11:45am // 1pm-1:45pm


Native spiced pain perdu with crème fraiche and lemon myrtle (feat. Tuckerbush herbs)


12 MAY

Roasted and seared beetroot, goats curd, pickled beetroot, orange, candied walnuts

11am-11:45am // 1pm-1:45pm


Chargrilled leeks, pickled shiitake mushrooms, smoked butter and hazelnut sauce


13 MAY

Barley and charred corn salad with chimichurri

11am-11:45am // 1pm-1:45pm


Barbecued sweet potato patties with garlic, yogurt and lime

12pm-12:45pm // 2pm-2:45pm

14 MAY

Mirin barbecued mushrooms, cassava, and lemon myrtle party snack

11am-11:45am // 1pm-1:45pm


Homemade ricotta, cardamom poached and seared pear and caramelised whey.

12pm-12:45pm // 2pm-2:45pm

2023 Kleenheat Kitchen Chefs

Caroline Taylor

Chef Presenter and Hospitality Consultant

Caroline Taylor is a Chef, Presenter and Hospitality Consultant with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Opening her first restaurant at age 20, Swan Valley institute Taylor’s Art and Coffee House, trained by Restranteurs Kate and Fiona Lamont, Caroline creates tasty and accessible recipes showcasing quality W.A produce for the home cook.

A regular contributor to ABC ‘Perth Foodie’ segment, 6PR and a presenter on Channel 9 hit show ‘Our State on a Plate’, Caroline aims to lift the profile of our hardworking farmer’s any chance she can.

Caroline’s work as a consultant sees her training hospitality owners to run their businesses more confidently, improving their menus and building relationships with local growers. Venues include Hylin-West Leederville, Mataya Mandurah, The Mangrove (Broome), Tradewinds (Fremantle), Hotel Rottnest, Karratha International Hotel, HomeRun Mt Hawthorn.

As a promotional Chef Caroline has featured at Perth Good Food and Wine Show, WA Day Festival, Parliament House- Canberra, Swan Valley expo – Singapore, Gourmet Escape and the Gascoyne Food Festival.

Recently Caroline has taken on the challenging role of Mum, raising her young son with partner and Chef Rohan Park- Old Young’s Kitchen, Swan Valley.

Casey Lister

Cookbook Author and Gardener

Casey Lister is a writer, gardener and cookbook author who lives near the beach in a little house with a big, sprawling backyard. With a PhD in Psychology, Casey is passionate about the mental health benefits gained by spending time in nature and learning to grow your own food.

Over the last ten years, Casey and her partner have transformed their garden from an empty patch of dry couch grass into a wild and organic food forest, filled with fruit trees, flowers, vegetables and herbs. Casey advocates a spray-free, relaxed and imperfect approach to gardening. She believes gardening should be fun, unpretentious and stress-free, and that gardens should be wild and full of insects, birds and life.

Find Casey on instagram at @gardeningwithcaseyjoy. You can learn more about her gardening club, Seed to Supper at www.caseyjoylister.com/seed-to-supper, and you can buy her cookbook at www.caseyjoylister.com/seasoned.

Kenny McHardy

Director/chef, Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

When Manuka’s doors quietly opened in 2015 it didn’t take long for the locals to appreciate the delicious, soulful woodfire mastery from our chef & owner Kenny McHardy.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen is a fully licensed restaurant with alfresco serving local wine, craft beer, cider and spirits. Kenny uses his woodfire oven and the open flames to create simple yet innovative woodfired fare. Sourcing local, seasonal produce from our WA growers and producers whilst supporting ethical and sustainable farming. Produce from Carnarvon to the Great Southern, Manuka gives you the best WA has to offer.

There’s a feeling of unpredictability and vulnerability which comes from cooking simply with fire. But Kenny will tell you that’s where the fun starts. The name Manuka comes from his fond childhood memories of growing up in New Zealand collecting manuka firewood at his home on Kawau Island. Bringing their vision to life, Kenny with wife and restaurant manager Jody have created a dining space which is both inviting and comfortably casual.

Hailing originally from NZ, Kenny’s career as a chef began at the age of 14 and has taken him to Michelin starred kitchens in London and to the celebrated Two Hatted Walters Wine Bar in Melbourne. On returning to WA, he fronted the kitchens of The Garden in Leederville, Coco’s Restaurant in South Perth, The Red Herring in East Fremantle and Due South in Albany.

Kenny’s reputation has continued to excel with the success of Manuka Woodfire Kitchen. Kenny and the team have been recently awarded a Chef’s Hat from the Australian Good Food Guide along with coveted spots in the Gourmet Traveller and WA Good Food Guide Top Restaurants awards.

Rohan Park

Executive Chef, Old Young’s Kitchen and Old Young’s Distillery

West Australian born Rohan Park spent his early years living and schooling across WA before basing himself in the south west. Although coming from a long line of chefs and food industry professionals, he first tried his hand in mining and viticulture before following his roots into the hospitality industry.

Starting at the ground floor Rohan worked his way up through the ranks at several well known wineries in the Margaret River region before qualifying and finding his own feet. His keen interest in native ingredients and foraging led him to Paul Iskov and Stephne Pronk and he joined Fervor in 2016. The three year stint with Fervor allowed Rohan to travel across the country providing a unique dining experience in some of Australia's most breathtaking locations. During this time, his passion and understanding of native ingredients strengthened and grew.

After moving to Perth, Rohan joined The Royal Hotel’s powerhouse team to open its fine dining restaurant Fleur. Fleur opened in February 2020 offering seafood-focused tasting menus inspired by Japanese techniques and native Australian ingredients. Within the first two years, Fleur received many accolades including WA Good Food Guide’s Best New Restaurant and AHA Restaurant of the Year and received two chefs hats by the Australian Good Food Guide.

In 2021, Park joined forces with Old Young’s Distillery’s founder James Young to create the company’s first hospitality venture, Old Young’s Kitchen. The restaurant and bar was designed to complement the existing tasting room with the team setting out to elevate the face of drinking and dining in the Swan Valley.

2023 Kleenheat Kitchen Presenter

Deryn Thorpe

Garden Journalist

Presenter Deryn Thorpe is a fanatical Perth gardener and award winning print and radio garden journalist who writes regularly in garden magazines and is passionate about creating beautiful and healthy home gardens. She is a popular public speaker, garden tour guide and comperes food events. With Steve Wood she presents ‘All The Dirt’, Australia’s most popular gardening and food podcast. www.allthedirt.com.au