May 14, 2011
Neil Arthur Perry (born 29 June 1957) is a prominent Australian chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter. He also is the co-ordinator for Qantas Flight Catering under his company Rockpool Consulting and has a food brand sold under his name, available at Woolworths Supermarkets.
Perry co-owns and is executive chef of a number of critically acclaimed restaurants in Australia. In Sydney his current stable consists of three restaurants located in the city's CBD: his flagship fine-diner Rockpool, modern Chinese restaurant Spice Temple, and factory-job steakhouse Rockpool Bar & Grill. The original incarnation of Rockpool Bar & Grill meanwhile is located in Melbourne. Former restaurants operated by Perry include Wockpool and XO, both which have since closed.
Theo Randall's passion for food developed from childhood holidays spent driving through rural Italy, and his cooking remains inspired predominantly by Italian regional cuisine. Theo started his career in 1986 with a four-year stint at Chez Max in Surbiton, where he was classically trained by chef and owner Max Magarian. He then spent ten years at the River Café, earning the restaurant a Michelin star along the way, and was eventually invited to become a partner in the company. In 2006, Theo opened Theo Randall at the Intercontinental in London.
Ben O’Donoghue started off his career working in a number of restaurants in his native Australia. Upon arriving in the UK, he hit the ground running by working at The River Café in London. Since then, Ben has worked as a consultant and food stylist to Jamie Oliver, and has assisted Jamie at various catering functions, including cooking for Tony Blair and the Italian Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street in 2001. Ben lived in the UK for 13 years before returning to Australia.
When not in the kitchen Ben is frequently working at his laptop writing a regular column for Delicious Magazine in Australia as well as writing cookbooks with Hardie Grant Books, 'Outdoor: Grill Your Way Round the World' was released in October 2008, with the second edition Ben's Barbeque released in August 2009.