Adelaide born Adam Swanson is the owner and Executive Chef of Zucca Greek Mezze, at Holdfast Shores in Glenelg. At the tender age of 17, Adam realised he had an uncompromised fascination and passion for food. He invested 7 years of training with Majeros restaurant, but always knew he was destined for bigger and more inspiring dreams. By his mid twenties, Adam had become the owner of his own restaurant! Now, with 17 years of experience, his devoted love affair with food has become a personal and professional success!
People who know Adam describe him as an ‘old soul’. His inspiration comes from the much loved traditional home style cooking which was a major part of his upbringing. “I spent my free time in my family’s cheese making business, and countless hours falling in love with the flavours and smells from my grandma’s kitchen”
Adam’s achievements are a testament to his devoted work and love for food. His first restaurant Zucca Greek Mezze was established in late 2003. It had only been open for one year when it won the ‘Best Mediterranean Greek Restaurant’ award. It went on to win this award for three consecutive years and as a result Zucca was entered into the hall of fame by the Restaurant and Catering Association of South Australia. Zucca restaurant also won the association’s ‘Best Greek Restaurant’ category award in 2009, 2010, 2012 and more recently in 2014. In 2010, it won the ‘National Best Greek Restaurant’ award by the Restaurant and Catering Industry’s National Awards for Excellence. Adam also was a founding owner and Executive Chef at Esca, also at Holdfast Shores until February of 2010. Esca accumulated multiple awards including Best New Restaurant (2005) and Best European Restaurant (2006) in the South Australian Restaurant and Catering Association Awards. In 2015 Adam Swanson, was announced as Young Achiever of the Year by Restaurant & Catering Australia.
Extending his passion for food, Adam is also a regular chef on TEN’s Ready Steady Cook, Everyday Gourmet, Good Chef, Bad Chef and Seven’s Out of the Blue and is the ambassador for pasta maker San Remo.