Vue de monde is undergoing a renaissance with the appointment of Hugh Allen as new Executive Chef.
Allen will drive Vue de monde’s culinary vision, focusing on local, seasonal produce and innovation, paying homage to classical fine dining in a modern context.
With Allen’s appointment, Justin James will continue his role as Group Executive Chef, with focus on a pipeline of new ventures across Vue Group’s other venues, including Jardin Tan, Piggery Cafe, Iki-Jime, Burnham Bakery and Benny Burger.
Vue Group’s Founder & Creative Director Shannon Bennett said he was looking forward to working closely with Hugh to continue evolving Vue de monde’s dining experience.
“With the expansion of Justin’s role within the group, it makes for a great opportunity to appoint a new Executive Chef at Vue de monde,” comments Bennett.
“Following in the group’s philosophy of promoting rising stars, Hugh is the perfect candidate with his invaluable experience starting with an apprenticeship at Rockpool Group before furthering his skills at Vue de monde and then Noma.”
“Hugh is one of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary chefs and we’re keen to tap into his culinary flair and knowledge of the craft following his experience cooking in some of the world’s best restaurants.”
Gault&Millau Australia recognised Hugh Allen's potential in 2015, when Allen was the co-winner of our 'Potentialist of the Year Award'. On behalf of Gault&Millau, the chef travelled to France to attend the Gault&Millau International Chefs Summit in Monaco and he also interned at Le Pré Catelan and at
Le Cinq in Paris.
Allen said he was thrilled to be back in Australia and working for Vue de monde again: “Vue de monde has always felt like home. I’m excited to draw inspiration from my recent travels and apply it to this iconic restaurant.”
Hugh Allen (right), the new Executive Chef of Vue de monde
Working alongside Head Chef, Chris Marshall, Allen will be joining Restaurant Manager, Christoph Schrottenbaum, and Master Sommelier, Dorian Guillon, in leading the Vue de monde team.
Austrian-born Schrottenbaum has managed Vue de monde’s dining room over the past two years. He is an industry leader in hospitality, drawing from his extensive experience in fine dining establishments across the globe, including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London.
With an unwavering eye for detail and an enviable palate to Vue de monde’s extensive premium wine list, Guillon brings a wealth of experience in order to showcase the best in Australian and international wines.
With a plethora of international sommelier awards under his belt, Guillon recently earned the prestigious title of Master Sommelier, making him one of only 274 worldwide and one of only six in Australia.
“This stellar line-up will play a fundamental role in continuing to push the boundaries of gastronomy and providing our guests with the opportunity to explore a story of beautiful Australian and international flavours,” said Shannon Bennett.
Shannon Bennett said he was grateful for Justin James’ commitment over the past few years.
“We are incredibly thankful for Justin’s hard work and leadership at Vue de monde. He’s been influential in its growth and we can’t wait to see him continue this momentum to add a huge amount of value across the group,” continued Bennett.
James has been instrumental in the evolution of Vue de monde’s offering, leading to the acclaimed restaurant winning five toques at the Gault & Millau awards last week. James was also responsible for the launch of renowned seafood restaurant, Iki-Jime, in 2017, with the venue winning Two Hats at the Good Food Guide Awards last year.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the direction Hugh, Christoph and Dorian take the brand. It’ll be one to watch closely.”