Pièce de Résistance
Melbourne chef and restaurateur Shannon Bennett takes Business State inside his most ambitious project yet: reinventing the concept of hospitality by restoring the historic Burnham Beeches in the Dandenongs into an internationally unique venue.
Since 2000, when at the age of 24 Shannon Bennett opened the first iteration of Vue de monde in Carlton, his career as one of Melbourne’s most renowned chefs and restaurateurs has gone from strength to strength.
Vue de monde relocated to Normanby Chambers in the CBD in 2005, then again to the top of the Rialto, where its stunning panoramic view was joined by Lui Bar and function facilities. Normanby House is now the site of the more casual Bistro Vue as well as Café Vue, of which further incarnations now reside at Heide Museum of Modern Art and Melbourne International Airport.
Add to that Jardin Tan at the Botanic Gardens, which explores the fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine, and the mind boggles almost as much as the mouth waters.
There’s one consistent thread linking all of Bennett’s accomplishments in the Vue de monde restaurant group together: a farm-to-table, sustainable ethos. His most recent and ambitious venture takes this ethos to its logical conclusion.
Bennett has dreamed of creating a place that encompasses everything he likes to do on days off, and one that provides an internationally unique experience. And he has found a perfect home for it about 45 minutes from the city, in the Dandenong Ranges.