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Habitat-inspired food that uses local produce to create beautiful and honest dishes

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Biota by James Viles

Biota by James Viles


James Viles, chef and owner of two-hatted Biota Dining at Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW, has become one of Australia's most respected young chefs and restaurateurs, recognised for his commitment to sustainability and his imaginative modern food.

James' philosophy is simple: listen to the local environment and take your inspiration and intuition from the very place that surrounds you.

His dishes match ingredients, textures and flavours that exist alongside each other in nature. While redefining regional Australian cuisine, this notion of biota is relevant everywhere in the world.

Biota contains over 80 delicious and achievable recipes championing the use of seasonal, ethical produce to create honest, pure and delectable dishes.

With stunning photography showcasing the natural beauty and abundant produce of the Southern Highlands, Biota invites readers to celebrate spectacular food created from the perfect balance of animal and plant life.

James Viles is chef and owner of Biota Dining & Rooms at Bowral in NSW's Southern Highlands which has become one of the most awarded regional restaurants, winning The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Regional Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and 2014.

Biota is published by Murdoch Books, (Sydney, NSW; Nov 15, 248 pp) and retails in Australia for RRP A$59.99


  • Southern Highlands (NSW)

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