New Morphetville Executive Chef Steven Clark.

Morphettville Racecourse has just recruited award-winning chef Steven Clark as its new Executive Chef, the latest step in the $500 million South Australian Jockey Club masterplan for the Adelaide track. Clark spent the past seven years at the National Wine Centre, where he held a number of senior roles, most recently as F&B Manager. During that tenure, Clark was also awarded Chef of the Year at the 2020 Restaurant and Catering Awards. 

“Morphettville is an iconic South Australian venue with a reputation for great events and quality food,” Clark said. “The Morphettville redevelopment will introduce a state-of-the-art functions and events centre – and the opportunity to help build that offering from the ground up was one I simply couldn’t pass on.

“The culinary team here is amazing, and I’m looking forward to working with them to refresh the Morphettville offering and take it into the future.”

The club’s concept master plan envisages a two-stage development process incorporating residential, commercial, retail and community spaces. The higher density Stage One consists of 150 apartments on top of retail space, including a tavern, supermarket, speciality retail and hospitality with direct access to the tramline. A 136-room hotel is also planned for the Anzac Highway frontage.

Stage Two includes approximately 400 low-rise apartments, terraces and townhouses with the two stages linked by a new pedestrian plaza.

The redevelopment would also include the creation of a new grand civic entrance to the racecourse and a residential village through the transformation of the heritage grandstand into a café and community hub.

Morphettville CEO Grant Mayer said recruiting the best people was central to bringing the precinct’s bold Masterplan to life.  

“Our team is passionate about the new future we are shaping for Morphettville, and we continue to attract talented people who want to be a part of that journey,”  Mayer said.

“Steven is no exception, and we are delighted to have secured a chef of his calibre to lead our kitchens.

“There’s no doubt Morphettville has cemented itself as one of South Australia’s top functions and events destinations.”

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The South Australian Jockey Club’s master plan for Morphettville racecourse includes residential and retail offerings as well as a revamped grandstand.

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