Attica's Ben Shewry acquires sole ownership of restaurant
In an exciting step forward for Melbourne Restaurant Attica, its world renowned and longstanding Executive Chef, Ben Shewry, has acquired the restaurant and the brand effective immediately.
The deal will see Shewry have 100% ownership of Attica and oversee all operations at the applauded venue, which lays claim to being the only Australian restaurant to be in the 2015 World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards.
Shewry's role as Executive Chef/Director further motivates the respected chef and he believes it will inject additional passion and innovation into Attica, ultimately enhancing, the working environment for staff and the experience for all who dine at the venue.
"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," stated Shewry.
Shewry thanks David and Helen for the opportunity to work and build and now own what has been his absolute passion for the last ten years.
From everyone here at Attica; Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to Attica in the near future.
Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle
The Ultimate Chef Swap
37 of the best chefs in the world will swap lives and restaurants simultaneously for one special evening in July. Organised by Gelinaz!, a collective of chefs headed by Andrea Petrini (food writer and Cook It Raw founder) and Alexander Swenden (artistic consultant and producer), we know we are in for a night of inspiration, collaboration and a whole lot of fun. Attica will be hosting this dinner on the 9th of July, with a surprise Chef that has been drawn at random replacing our beloved Head Chef, Ben Shewry, for the evening.
Now we just need to find out who will be taking over Attica!
When: 9th July @ 7pm
Tickets: on sale 13th of May via the Gelizaz! website
For more information and a full list of participating Chefs visit the Gelinaz! website
Congratulations Peter Gunn!
Australia and Pacific Young Chef of the Year
We are so very proud to announce that our hard working Sous Chef, Peter Gunn, has won the S. Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year 2015 Australia Pacific finals. Pete's dish of Cape Grim beef short rib with roast celery vinaigrette and garlic flowers was awarded top place after competing with a group of 10 of the finest young chefs from Australia and New Zealand. This will now see him heading off to compete in the world finals in Milan in June this year.
Pete has worked here at Attica for the past 4 years, as well as launching his own pop up restaurant, Ides.
Please join with us in wishing him all the best for the finals.
Christmas and New Year's Eve
Our trading hours for the festive season
Attica presents The WAW Gathering
4th and 5th of October
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Ben Shewry is throwing a party, and you're invited. The WAW Gathering (it's a peaceful meeting, but it's pronounced "war") is a weekend of food and fun sprung from Attica, the restaurant in the suburbs of Melbourne that Shewry and his team have led to international recognition. It's about cooking as much as it is eating, about playing as much as it is working, and listening as much as talking. Plus, there's a very exciting group of cooks, artists and speakers from around the globe on board to get the party started right.
The WAW part of the caper stands for "What a Wonderful World". "I know it sounds a bit corny, but I think it's really important to stay open: eyes, heart and mind, to the world around you," Shewry says. "I'd like this gathering to be a time when people can check out for a moment; stop, talk and take their bearings and think about what we're all doing, whether it's as chefs, winemakers, diners, or whatever it is we do."
A Charity Lunch
WAW Gives will be a lunch sourced from the goodwill of others to help the less fortunate. Ten courses prepared by 30 exceptional chefs makes this event one never seen in Australia before. The chefs will be cooking together in teams spread out around the sprawling landscape of Rippon Lea house and gardens. The guests will be guided down grassy paths, up rocky steps and through the history of the estate eating and drinking along the way.
The profits will go to Helping Hoops www.helpinghoops.com.au, a charity that teaches life-skills to underprivileged children through basketball. Expect to see on the pans Isaac McHale (The Clove Club, London), Daniel Patterson (Coi, San Francisco), David Thompson (Nahm, Bangkok), Ben Greeno (Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney), Peter Gilmore (Quay, Sydney) and Attica's Ben Shewry. For the full list of participants go to www.wawgathering.com.au/wawgives
When: Sunday 5 October, 2014. 12.15pm-4.30pm
Where: Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, VIC
Cost: $500 per person, includes food and matched beverages
Bookings: Go to www.wawgathering.com.au/gatherings Please do not contact Rippon Lea Estate to book.
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2015
Voted Number 1 in Australia
We are thrilled to announce that we have been voted Restaurant of the Year in the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards. We are delighted and very humbled by this accolade, especially considering the calibre of restaurants who share this list with us.
Ben, Banjo and the Team would like to thank everyone for their continued support.
Bookings are taken up to 3 months in advance
Bookings are now available up to the end of March 2015.
On the 13th of January 2014 at 9am, bookings will open for the month of April 2015.
From then on, bookings will become available on the first Wednesday of each month for three months ahead of time.
Bookings will be accepted via phone or our online booking system from 9:00am onwards.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR LAST SERVICE FOR 2014 WILL BE ON THE 20TH OF DECEMBER AND WE WILL RE-OPEN AFTER OUR BREAK ON THE 13TH OF JANUARY 2015.
Please be aware that our Chef's Table menu will be replaced with our 8 Course Tasting Menu as the Tuesday night offering during November and December 2014.
Please note. Attica's office hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm. If any requested date falls outside of this timeframe, reservations will be available from 9:00am on the next day we are open.
Ben Shewry Supports Helping Hoops
Help him raise funds for this fantastic Melbourne charity
Hi there! I'm Chef Ben Shewry: a full time cook, father of 3 and the coach of my son Kobe's basketball team - the Red Dragons. I know first hand the positive difference basketball can make in the lives of children, as a vehicle for teaching them the value of team work, confidence, self-esteem and working hard.
Not all children are as fortunate as Kobe though, and that's where the inspiring charity Helping Hoops comes in. By attending their weekly sessions I've witnessed first hand the good they do in our community and how much they genuinely help and care for the children they teach.
On Saturday the 5th July I'm taking part in the 24-hour charity shootout by shooting free throws to help raise money for Helping Hoops. Check out their brilliant work at www.helpinghoops.com.au
I'd appreciate any support you can offer; even the smallest donation makes a difference! Donations can be made below at my Everyday Hero page.
In addition I'm also offering some one-of-a-kind experiences to thank people for their generous donations.
Saturday Lunch in the Lab
Make a donation of $5,000 to Helping Hoops and in return receive the opportunity to join me and my team in our newly opened test kitchen/lab for a 5 course lunch for you and five of your friends.
We will be demonstrating and telling the stories of these 5 dishes right before your eyes, followed by a personal tour of Attica's Ripponlea gardens with me as your guide. Don't miss the opportunity to be the first to taste Attica's newest creations, fresh from the lab.
Ben Shewry cooks at your house
Make a donation of $10,000 to Helping Hoops and in return my team and I will prepare an intimate 8 course tasting menu in the comfort of your home for 10 people with matched fine wines selected by our sommelier Banjo Harris Plane.
Enjoy some of Attica's signature dishes, hear my tales of the restaurant from the past 8 years and put your feet up while we take care of everything.
To reserve either of these amazing experiences or for further information please contact Kylie at [email protected] or phone +61 3 95300111
Thanks for your support in helping me raise much-needed funds by donating as much as you can and improving the lives of less fortunate children in our communities here in Melbourne.
S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best
Voted number 32
Attica has again been voted amongst the World's 50 Best Restaurants in the S. Pellegrino awards, held in London at the end of April this year. We are thrilled to be voted at number 32, placing us amongst some incredible chefs and restaurants from around the world.
Everyone here at the restaurant is overwhelmed by the support and faith shown to us by our supporters from over the years - you know who you are!
We continue to strive to improve and look forward to seeing you soon!
The Age Good Food Guide Awards
Voted 3 Hats, Best Restaurant in Victoria and Chef of the Year
It has been a wonderful week here at Attica, after receiving 3 hats and being voted the Best Restaurant in Victoria at The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2014.
Ben Shewry was also announced as The Age Good Food Guide Chef of the Year 2014.
The entire Attica team is so proud of and humbled by both of these incredible accolades!
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2014
Voted number 5 in Australia
We are all very honoured to have been awarded with 3 stars and voted as the 5th Best Restaurant in Australia at the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2014.
This places us as the highest rated Victorian restaurant in this year's guide.
A great result!
Christmas and New Year
Restaurant closure 2013
It is almost that time of the year again!
Over the Christmas and New Year period we will be closed from Sunday 22nd December 2013 until Monday 13th January 2014.
From Tuesday 26th November 2013 to Saturday 21st December 2013,we will only be offering the 8 course menu on all evenings.
Re-opening in the New Year will bring the return of the Tuesday night Chef's Table and the 8 course tasting menu Wednesday to Saturday.
World's 50 Best Restaurant Award
Voted number 21
Attica has recently been honoured with a place in the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best restaurants list, being voted at number 21.
This achievement marks us as the leading restaurant in Australasia, and also had us awarded 'Highest New Entry'.
We are all very proud of this huge achievement, not to mention a little taken aback!
Thank you to everyone who has supported Attica over the past years.
We are thrilled to be in such esteemed company.
Friends of Attica 2
A dinner with chefs from around Australia (and one from New Zealand!)
In the middle of next month Attica will be hosting a number of great chefs from around Australia to cook at the second incarnation of 'Friends of Attica'
The idea is to bring everyone together to have fun, hang out, eat, drink, talk, share, learn, cook and push the boundaries together with as minimal stress as possible.
Last year's was fantastic, and we want to continue the tradition!
Attica is very excited to host the following chefs as part of the second 'Friends of Attica' dinner on Wednesday April 17th, 2013.
Mark Best - Marque, Sydney
Michael Meredith - Meredith's, Auckland
Andrew McConnell - Cutler & Co, Melbourne
Matt Wilkinson - Pope Joan, Melbourne
Darren Robertson, Shannon Debreceny and Mark LaBrooy - 3 Blue Ducks, Sydney
Karl Kanetani - Uptown, Bangalow
Michael Ryan - Provenance, Beechworth
The evening is $260pp, with a flight of matching wines for $120pp
Guests are invited to arrive at from 7pm, with dinner starting at 7.30pm
Limited seats are still available.
Origin - The Food of Ben Shewry
Ben Shewry's recently released book
Attica is proud to announce the release of Ben Shewry's first book - Origin.
A combination of personal history, memory, ideology and of course a collection of Ben's recipes, it is an insight into his life as well as detailing some of Attica's dishes.
Ben describes it like so -
"It's not a straightforward cookbook, and it's not really a restaurant book either. There's a lot of my family in there, and storytelling is a huge part of my family's heritage - telling real-life stories about what has been happening to us is something we've always done for entertainment - and so I wanted to bring some of that to it. So really it's the story of my journey to where I am now."
The book retails for AU$95.00, and signed copies are available from the restaurant.
Friends of Attica Dinner
Chefs from around Australia cooking at Attica
On Wednesday the 3rd of October, Attica will proudly host a group of friends from around Australia. Each of them an incredible chef in their own right, their coming together will mark the beginning a new tradition at Attica.
Ben Shewry will oversee proceedings, with the following chefs each preparing a course :
Dan Hunter (Royal Mail Hotel)
Ben Greeno (Momofuku Seiobo)
Phil Wood (Rockpool on George)
Luke Burgess (Garagistes)
David Moyle (The Stackings at Peppermint Bay)
James Parry and Daniel Puskas (Sixpenny)
Dan Hong (Ms G's, Mr Wong)
Dinner will consist of one dish from each chef, with the option of a flight of matching wines chosen by our Sommelier Banjo Harris Plane.
The evening is $210, or $330 with matched wines.
Guests are invited from 7pm, and the dinner will begin at 7.30pm.
S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best
Attica voted #63 in the world
Attica has once again been honoured with a place in the world's 100 best restaurants, being voted number 63 at the recent award ceremony in London.
A fantastic result and one we are proud to have achieved. To sit amongst such esteemed company on this list is an honour.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Attica over the past years - as always we have something to aim for in the coming months!
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Ben Shewry at The Festival of Ideas
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an annual event bringing some of the greatest culinary and vinous minds from around the globe together in one city for two incredible weeks.
In 2012 Attica proudly hosted Christian Puglisi from Relae in Copenhagen for an fantastic one-off dinner on the 8th of March.
Ben Shewry also is presenting at the Theatre of Ideas, a forum where philosophies, ideas and beliefs are challenged, moulded and inspired. His presentation is built around environment and memory, and showcases some of the dishes currently being served at the restaurant.
Attica Awarded 'Restaurant of the Year'
The Age Good Food Guide 2012
Attica has been honoured this year by being announced as 'The Restaurant of the Year' in the 2012 Age Good Food Guide.
This marks the second time Attica has been recognised in this way, previously winning this award three years ago.
Attica Awarded 3 Hats
The Age Good Food Guide 2012
Everybody here at Attica is both thrilled and humbled to be awarded a score of 18/20 and for the first time in the restaurant's history; 3 Chef's Hats.
To celebrate the small, the unremembered, the unusual and the hidden
Comings and Goings
It is with a tinge of sadness that we bid farewell our effervescent Manager of the past year, Ainslie Lubbock. She is leaving Attica to pursue vinous pursuits elsewhere, and her tireless work and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.
Every cloud has a silver lining however, and we are pleased to welcome Banjo Harris Plane to the fold. He joins us from Sydney, where he brings a wealth of experience gained at restaurants such as Quay and est, where he worked closely with both food and wine.
Voted 53rd Best Restaurant in the World
We are thrilled to announce the fantastic news that on Monday 18th April 2011 Attica placed 53rd in the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants List, elevating us 20 places above last years ranking and placing us 2nd in Australia overall.
We are humbled to be recognised amongst the World's Best Restaurants for a second year in a row and are more motivated than ever to pursue and develop Attica's unique dining experience.
'Beneath the Surface' Video Launch
Experience a day with Ben and his team
Ben Shewry wins Chef of the Year
The Age Good Food Guide 2011
Attica is proud to announce the excellent news of Ben winning the Chef of the Year. Combined with restaurants entry into the World's 50 Best in April and Ben's invitation to Madrid Fusion in January, it has truly been an amazing year for our restaurant.
Thank you to our loyal guests for your continued support and best wishes.
Attica Awarded 2 Stars
Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2011
We are delighted to receive 2 Stars from Australian Gourmet Traveller in their 2011 edition of the National Restaurant Guide.