The husband and wife team of Michael Ryan and Jeanette Henderson established their first restaurant, Range, in Myrtleford, in 2005. Jeanette's background was in wine retail, specifically with Philip Rich and Matt Skinner at the Prince Wine Store, and is also a qualified winemaker , an obvious benefit in setting up a restaurant. Michael's background was in Science, a possibly less obvious one for a restauratuer. After three successful years at this restaurant, including gaining two chef's hat and Country Restaurant of the Year in the Age Good Food Guide, they moved to Beechworth to open Provenance.
Provenance, opened in 2009, has received many accolades and awards in its nine years of operation, including two hats in the Good Food Guide for the last 9 years. The restaurant is currently ranked no. 30 in the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Australian Restaurants. Michael Ryan was voted Chef of the Year in the Age Good Food Guide in 2013.
Beechworth, one of Australia’s best preserved gold mining towns is a base for further exploration of the North East. It is own to some of the country’s best vineyard, excellent produce and magnificent scenery.
You can find more on Beechworth here.