ISBN 978-0-6486616-9-6

A Day in the Deli

Hampden Deli is borne of the philosophy that chefs and guests should understand where their food comes from and that praise is owed to the people who grow, raise and source the produce, for without them a chef would be nothing. Hampden Deli is a community which extends well beyond the borders of Kangaroo Valley, Australia and now into your kitchen with more than 50 recipes.

A Day in the Deli cookbook features signature dishes from 5am – 11pm by hatted Chef Nick Gardner.

About the Authors

Nick and Stevie have created Hampden Deli, Dining and School to be a learning and flexible dining hub with a fine dining quality. A place that can take local farming produce, picked fresh that morning, turned into a great product and sold that afternoon. A process that can be shared with their guests and done again the following day with a completely different freshly picked product. For them Hampden Deli is an exciting venue that leads itself to many possibilities, catering, take away deli goods, produce dinners, guest chef degustation dinners, pop up and private events. Beyond this Hampden Deli has a desire to teach and share its knowledge. With a high level of trained staff and expertise in the business, Nick and Stevie have a shared goal to pass on their knowledge in the cooking school as well as internally within its employees. They are working in association with Nowra TAFE towards creating their own “Head Start” program helping community members gain hospitality skills. This program will give employees an employable skill set and greater chance at gaining employment within the community. Be sure to come down and show your support to our Head Start trainees. If this is something you are interested in being involved in please email us

Hampden Deli is an environmentally conscious business always looking to minimise our footprint on the environment. Packaging is a much needed component of our Deli, so we have taken the time to ensure we currently have the best compostable and recyclable packaging. We encourage you to bring your own reusable cups, cutlery and lunch boxes with great Deli discounts. We have an emphasis on reusable kitchen packaging and minimalising food waste. We use organic and fair trade products where and when available and have our own kitchen garden to minimise food kilometres. We offer recycling specific bins on site, so once you have enjoyed your picnic please use them. Our used coffee grind is perfect for your compost- come by to scoop your own free bag! We ourselves are learning each day how to keep Kangaroo Valley beautiful, we’d love to hear your tips please email us at