The modern farm house restaurant takes its name from the Zinfandel vineyard that the site overlooks. A nod also to the Dutch word Zin meaning desire;appetitie; intention.
Sweeping views take in the organic and biodynamic Tinja property (from which much of the produce is taken), classic Mudgee hillscapes and extensive kitchen gardens.
From here Kim Currie and the kitchen team create menus that take their cue from these gardens, the region and a belief in cooking simply, from scratch with what is in season.
The restaurant has been awarded One Chef Hat in SMH Good Food Guide Awards – 2016, 2017 & 2018.
The Zin House specialises in leisurely dining, we never double book tables and encourage you to explore the grounds and gardens.
Kim Currie is owner/chef of The Zin House – a restaurant specialising in produce from the 1,000 acre organic and biodynamic Tinja farm.
For 35 years Kim’s focus has been to showcase regions and their producers. The creation of many innovative events across Central NSW has been one of the most effective tools in this work, including the Rylstone Streetfeast, Canowindra’s 100 Mile Dinner and Mudgee’s Go Grazing.
Another was the establishment of Farmer’s Markets in Cowra, Orange, Bathurst and Mudgee while employed as Central NSW’s Food and Wine Development Officer.
15 years catering the iconic Huntington Music Festival with the Roberts Family and Peter Howard as mentors was another major influence.
Kim opened the Rylstone Food Store in 2003 and it was here she first adopted the set menu, set price, local and seasonal philosophy that The Zin House continues and expands on today.
In 2006 Kim became Executive Officer of Brand Orange, implementing the Taste Orange project and working with that community to build its reputation as a wine and food destination.
Following a move to Mudgee in 2012 Kim worked with her partner David Lowe in creating the food and events arm of Lowe Wines.
Kim became a councillor with the NSW Royal Agricultural Society and chaired the Sydney Royal Fine Food competitions for five years before retiring the position to concentrate on The Zin House.
Acknowledgments of her work include:
• Sydney Magazine Food Hall of Fame, 2011
• NSW Rural Woman of the Year, 2009
• Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food, 2006
• NSW Restaurant & Catering Association Award for Innovation, 2005
• Rylstone Food Store, Best New Restaurant in the NSW Restaurant & Catering Association Blue Mountains/ Central West Awards for Excellence, 2004
• Gourmet Traveller/Jaguar Award for Innovation in Travel , 2003
Kim’s favourite quote is passed down from her market gardener Grandfather “You may walk to the garden but you must run back to the kitchen” Kim believes that the best cooks are those who also garden.
The Zin House received a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Chefs Hat in 2016, 2017 and again in 2018.