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Chef Hayden McMillan Takes Charge Across the Tasman

Chef Hayden McMillan Takes Charge Across the Tasman

“It’s often said that Australia doesn’t really have its own national cuisine – that as a young country, its food culture is best understood as a mosaic of traditions drawn from Asia, the Mediterranean,…

Top Chef Ben Shewry Rewriting Bush Tucker Menu

Top Chef Ben Shewry Rewriting Bush Tucker Menu

When Ben Shewry appeared on Chef’s Table – the Netflix series on the world’s greatest culinary stars – in 2015, the New Zealand-born chef-proprietor was on the crest of a wave, Corinna Hardgrave writes…

Australia’s Best Dining Is at Ben Shewry’s Attica

Australia’s Best Dining Is at Ben Shewry’s Attica

“On a recent visit to Melbourne, I was excited to say the least, to be able to secure a much sought after reservation at the award-winning restaurant Attica [owned by New Zealand chef Ben…

Attica’s Acclaimed Chef Ben Shewry Chats to CEO

Attica’s Acclaimed Chef Ben Shewry Chats to CEO

Bon Appétit called him an “international culinary darling”. David Chang called him a “lunatic”; probably the highest praise one chef can give another. New Zealander Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant, Attica,…

Attica is Melbourne’s Most Prized Possession

Attica is Melbourne’s Most Prized Possession

Melbourne always seems to be one step ahead when it comes to world-class food hot-spots. From suburban eateries making waves internationally to Asian bars serving up fusion flavours with a heavy side of “vibes”,…

NZ Features in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist

NZ Features in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist

Lonely Planet includes six New Zealand classics in its first ever ‘Ultimate Eatlist’, which has ranked the “world’s top 500 food experiences”. The travel guide asked the planet’s top chefs, food writers and its own…

Ben Shewry Has Transformed Australian Dining

Ben Shewry Has Transformed Australian Dining

“The restaurant’s name will be a single word: stark, vaguely industrial, somewhat meaningless. There will be some sort of sculptural tartare on the menu, and probably a kingfish ceviche. Saltbush and kangaroo and finger…

Chef Analiese Gregory’s New Life in Tasmania

Chef Analiese Gregory’s New Life in Tasmania

Auckland-born Analiese Gregory is one of Australia’s most-talked-about young chefs. She heads the kitchen at Hobart restaurant Franklin. Sydney chef Peter Gilmore, who mentored her as his 2IC for four and a half years…

Attica Looks to Australian Bush for Design

Attica Looks to Australian Bush for Design

Ben Shewry’s award-winning Melbourne restaurant Attica now has an interior to match. New Zealand-born Shewry was not only keen to capture a sense of the Victorian bush for Attica but, as importantly, to reflect…

Ben Shewry’s Attica Best of the Best

Ben Shewry’s Attica Best of the Best

New Zealand-born Ben Shewry has done it again, winning more accolades for his popular Melbourne restaurant. Shewry’s Attica in Ripponlea was named restaurant of the year at the inaugural national Good Food Guide awards…

Attica Redefining Australia’s Culinary Landscape

Attica Redefining Australia’s Culinary Landscape

New Zealand-born Ben Shewry’s Attica restaurant in Melbourne is ranked one of the best restaurants in the world for good reason, Jessica Wynne Lockhart reports in a feature about the rise, and rise, of…

Ben Shewry’s Rich Indigenous Vocabulary Awes

Ben Shewry’s Rich Indigenous Vocabulary Awes

Ben Shewry is one of the most celebrated chefs on this sunburned continent, a New Zealander who moved to Australia in 2002 and has since developed an immigrant’s love of his strange new home,…

More Global Accolades for Attica’s Ben Shewry

More Global Accolades for Attica’s Ben Shewry

New Zealand chef Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant Attica has once again made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, coming in at No 32, up one from last year. Attica also received the Best Restaurant in…

Ben Shewry Readies for World’s 50 Best Voters

Ben Shewry Readies for World’s 50 Best Voters

The Oscars of the culinary world are coming to Melbourne, and with them an incredible opportunity to showcase Australia’s food and wine riches, including dishes created by New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, owner of…

Salted Red Roo from Attica Shines

Salted Red Roo from Attica Shines

“The World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards are coming to Australia in April and it’s going to be a culinary tour de force like we’ve never seen before,” according to Good Food’s Callan Boys. “To…

Book a Seat at Peter Gunn’s Melbourne Hot Spot

Book a Seat at Peter Gunn’s Melbourne Hot Spot

Melbourne “is quietly stepping up its game as Sydney’s cool little sister,” Vogue Australia journalist Lane Nieset writes. “Sold-out degustation-style supper clubs are now becoming more permanent as Attica alum Peter Gunn moves…

Ben Shewry Culinary Game Changer

Ben Shewry Culinary Game Changer

Chef and owner of “list-topping, award-gathering” Melbourne restaurant Attica, New Zealand-born Ben Shewry, has been named one of Gourmet Traveller’s “50 Most Influential People in Food”. “ approaches food in a way that’s as emotional…

What Fine Dining Means to Ben Shewry

What Fine Dining Means to Ben Shewry

American quarterly journal of food and writing Lucky Peach magazine features an article in the latest issue on the state of fine dining and talks to 18 of the world’s best chef’s, including New…

Ben Shewry is Gourmet Traveller’s Chef of the Year

Ben Shewry is Gourmet Traveller’s Chef of the Year

New Zealander Ben Shewry, owner of Melbourne’s Attica, has been peer-voted Chef of the Year in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards. “Eleven years after answering a newspaper ad for a head chef position the…

At Home with Attica Owner and Chef Ben Shewry

At Home with Attica Owner and Chef Ben Shewry

The owner of internationally renowned Melbourne restaurant Attica, New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, 39, who commutes for more than three hours a day from his coastal home, says the long drive to work is…

How Basketball Makes Ben Shewry a Better Chef

How Basketball Makes Ben Shewry a Better Chef

Ben Shewry, the New Zealand-born chef and owner of award-winning Melbourne restaurant Attica, talks with the Australian Financial Review about his obsession with basketball and about how what he learns on the court can…

Get on the Waiting List for Ben Shewry’s World-Class Attica

Get on the Waiting List for Ben Shewry’s World-Class Attica

Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant, Attica, has once again made the annual Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. For the second successive year, his small restaurant, on Melbourne’s bagel belt of Ripponlea, had been named the…

Australia’s Top Chef Ben Shewry Saved by a Fisherman

Australia’s Top Chef Ben Shewry Saved by a Fisherman

New Zealand-born Ben Shewry’s Melbourne restaurant Attica is admired all over the world over – but success did not make him happy, and he nearly walked away from the kitchen. Until he was saved…

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

Attica Chef and Forager Ben Shewry’s Plates Didactic

New Zealander Ben Shewry’s role at Melbourne’s Attica is lauded in the Sydney Morning Herald, with the restaurant named one of reviewer Terry Durack’s top 12 in Australia. “No, you haven’t made a mistake, that…

Peter Gunn off to Italy for Young Chef Competition

Peter Gunn off to Italy for Young Chef Competition

A mighty fine plate of beef short ribs with roast celery vinaigrette has secured Attica sous-chef, New Zealand-born Peter Gunn a trip to Milan in June to compete with the world’s top up-and-coming kitchen…

Ben Shewry Invites the World to Tasmania for Lavish Dinner

Ben Shewry Invites the World to Tasmania for Lavish Dinner

Australia’s best chefs, our own Ben Shewry (pictured, right) and locals Peter Gilmore (centre) and Neil Perry, recently hosted one of the most lavish meals in the country’s history, designed to convince international visitors…

Australia’s Top Restaurant Run by New Zealander Ben Shewry

Australia’s Top Restaurant Run by New Zealander Ben Shewry

Melbourne’s Attica, run by New Zealander Ben Shewry, has been named Australia’s top restaurant at this year’s annual Gourmet Traveller awards. Attica is one of Melbourne’s premium fine dining restaurants, offering carefully crafted meals with…

Attica Chef Making Magic and Global Top 50 Lists

Attica Chef Making Magic and Global Top 50 Lists

Australia’s best restaurant Attica stands out from the rest because the “magic” comes from New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, according to Guardian reporter Oliver Milman. “The Melbourne eatery is the only venue in…

Beautiful Food Earns Melbourne Accolades

Beautiful Food Earns Melbourne Accolades

Taranaki-born chef Ben Shewry has been named Victoria’s best at the launch of The Age Good Food Guide 2014, with the Ripponlea restaurant he heads, Attica, also honoured. Attica was among four restaurants awarded…

Nature-led and Outstandingly Good

Nature-led and Outstandingly Good

According to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants website, Attica is New Zealand chef “Ben Shewry’s innovative but nature-led Melbourne masterpiece”. Shewry “often rises before dawn to forage on the shore near…

Shrewd Choice for Poland Cook It Raw

Shrewd Choice for Poland Cook It Raw

New Zealand chef Ben Shewry is one of a selection of the “world’s finest chefs” to recall their experience of a Cook it Raw event for a recent Observer article. Shewry, who owns…

Melbourne’s King Pin

Melbourne’s King Pin

Taranaki-born Ben Shewry, 31, is executive chef at Melbourne restaurant Attica, where he was named Best New Talent at the 2007 Gourmet Traveller Awards, and where he earned this year’s Melbourne Age Good Food…