His restaurant is the only place in Australia to make the cut on the world’s 50 best restaurants list (at 32) and now, 10 years after he helped launch Attica into the culinary stratosphere, Ben Shewry can now call it his own.
The New Zealand-born chef has announced he’s bought out his partner, David Maccora, and taken total control of the restaurant in the Melbourne suburb of Ripponlea, for an undisclosed sum.
Shewry has come a long way since he first walked into the kitchen of the struggling restaurant in 2005, keen to make a difference, only to have a potential diner say “Whoever wrote this menu must be on f%$*ing speed” and walk out
By 2009, Attica was named restaurant of the year by the Age Good Food Guide and dish of the year, going on to crack the top 100 in the world’s 50 best the following year.
Since then, Shewry hasn’t looked back, counting Noma’s Rene Redzepi and Momofuku’s David Chang among his friends. The food on Attica’s $195 tasting menu champions Australia and sustainability, as well as drawing on childhood memories of growing up on rugged west coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
Shewry says the move to take total control will allow him to take the restaurant to the next level.
“Since joining Attica in 2005, under the ownership and management of Helen and David Maccora, my focus and dedication has been completely entrenched in this restaurant and now is the time to take things to the next level,” he said.
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