Celebrity chef Geoff Jansz and wife Angella have pocketed $1 million after selling off a slice of their Southern Highlands estate.
The couple, who bought an impressive 4.6ha holding of land in Burradoo in 1994 for $670,000, sold the acre of land to ChristopherandChloe Ahern, in a sale that has links to Jansz’s former days as a television chef. Christopher Ahern is Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s nephew.
In the mid-1990s Jansz and Kennerley co-hosted the popular What’s Cooking show on Channel 9.
Agent Angus Campbell-Jones of Campbell Jones Property said the Aherns were moving to the Southern Highlands from Sydney. “They wanted a treechange and they want to educate their kids at Oxley College, where Geoff and Angella’s children were also educated,” he said. “They plan to build a family home on the block of land.”
Jansz has a historic home on the property he named Aviemore after a restaurant he owned almost 30 years ago, and from where he pursues his paddock to plate philosophy.
He opened Farm Table Restaurant in the 1871 Fitzroy Inn at Mittagong in 2015 and peppered his menu with produce from his farm. But he closed it soon after to pursue other projects, including a collaboration with luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent hosting gourmet tours of Morocco and his homeland of Sri Lanka.
The one-time Bondi pharmacist sold the acre of land, which was once used as a dressage arena by his now grown-up daughters Natasha andOlivia, as it’s no longer needed. His estate also incorporates a kitchen and studio in a barn as well as an impressive vege garden.
– with additional reporting from Mercedes Maguire