As you may be aware, I am currently in Australia on a PR and media trip which has involved some filming for one of Australia’s highest rating TV shows and a collaboration dinner with George Calombaris in Melbourne.
During my trip back home I took the opportunity to dine in the restaurant of a good friend of mine, Ben Shewry at Attica. Attica has just recently been recognized as #73 in the world by the famous San Pellegrino top 100 restaurants in the world.
When I met Ben in Madrid during Madrid fusion earlier this year I became intrigued at his whole food philosophy and how he has taken so much of his inspiration from his childhood growing up in country New Zealand. His style is very honest with a clever use of technique to enhance the dish rather than to pointlessly use techniques for fame. My intrigue was certainly satisfied after he prepared us (Myself and my good friend Darren Purchese) an amazing 12 course menu!