Southern Ocean Lodge
Chef Profile

Chef Profile

Southern Ocean Lodge Executive Chef Alastair Waddell brings a passion for fresh seasonal produce as well as a drive to work with local producers to the daily-changing menu, an approach that is essential to the Baillie Lodges dining experience.

Born, educated and trained as a chef in Scotland, Alastair notably worked at both One Devonshire Gardens and Cameron House Hotel in Glasgow under the tutelage of renowned Scottish chef Paul Tamburrini. After travelling to Europe and the USA, he settled in Australia in 2008 and joined Guillaume Brahimi’s two-hatted Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne.

Known as Ally to friends and colleagues, he joins the lodge after six years at qualia on Hamilton Island where he was recognised with several awards including HM Magazine’s Hotel Chef of the Year (2012 and 2014) and a one-hat rating in the Australian Good Food Guide (2014 and 2015). He regards his kitchen garden as an important ongoing legacy at the resort.

As Executive Chef, Ally is also the custodian of the Baillie Lodges’ Culinary Philosophy developed by founding Executive Chef Tim Bourke and owner James Baillie, designed to offer guests a dining experience that delivers an essential ‘taste’ of Kangaroo Island.

Baillie Lodges Newsletter

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Captain Kangaroo!

Australia’s answer to the Galapagos makes a giant leap forward.  Read on to see what the New York Times has to say about Southern Ocean Lodge… Learn more ››

Kangaroo Island Experiences & Adventures

Guests to Southern Ocean Lodge will enjoy a complete KI experience in a minimum two night stay.  Read more about our exceptional guided experiences and adventures. Learn more ››

Kangaroo Island's first luxury lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australian luxury defined.  Twenty-one luxe suites in which to indulge and immerse in the spectacular coastal surroundings of Kangaroo Island. Learn more ››

KI Classic Rates

Looking for a tremendous incentive to stay longer?  KI Classic rates offer a discount bonus when staying three nights or more, plus $50 Southern Spa and Bespoke Experience vouchers and all standard inclusions.  It’s the quintessential island stay! Learn more ››

Luxury Lodges of Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge is honoured as a ‘first 15’ founding member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, a collection of luxury lodges in extraordinary Australian destinations.  Learn more ››

Remarkable Retreat | Stay 4, Pay 3

Experience the rugged beauty of Kangaroo Island and save in style.  Enjoy a complimentary night when staying four, epicurean hamper of island treats and Southern Spa and Bespoke Experience credits valued at $50 each. Valid 1 May – 30 September 2017 inclusive. Learn more ››

SOL Video

View the Southern Ocean Lodge video detailing the Lodge, the wilderness destination in which it sits and the ways our guests can best experience it.  Be there now! Learn more ››

Southern Ocean Lodge - a unique conference destination

Regroup, recharge and reinvigorate far away from the normal work environment – premium facilities and tailored adventure activities combine to deliver a spectacular venue for boutique meetings and incentives. Learn more ››

Southern Ocean Lodge Spa Retreat

Kangaroo Island is considered one of Earth’s last unspoilt refuges… the perfect place to spoil yourself! Learn more ››

Where the wild things are...

Just a short hop from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with what and who is truly important to you. Discover your true spirit on Kangaroo Island… Let yourself go. Learn more ››

Peter Hughes from the Telegraph UK writes:

“Southern Ocean was one of the earliest of Australia’s luxury wilderness lodges. The fact that it brought high style to Kangaroo Island with the rest of the continent at its disposal says much about the singularity of the place.” Read more

'My room's a wreck', writes Escape's Gillian Cummings...

Read Gillian’s experience of exploring Kangaroo Island’s bountiful natural assets and wildlife while ensconced in the award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge. More here